Today at Berkeley Lab

Watch for Cyclists When Entering, Exiting the Grizzly and Strawberry Gates

Drivers are asked to be extra cautious when entering or leaving Grizzly and Strawberry Gates. Bicycles and motorcycles are often difficult to see due to their size and natural obstructions near both gates. Look in both directions to make sure the road is clear before proceeding. Extra caution and an extra second or two may save a life or prevent a serious injury.

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Lab Prepares for El Niño Onslaught

A cross-Operations team including Facilities, EH&S, IT, OCFO and Protective Services has been working on El Niño storm preparations, conducting planning and assessments and mitigating issues to better prepare the Lab to prevent and respond to potential impacts from heavy storms. Already, the number of water leaks/intrusions has been reduced by 33% since last year. More>

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Use of Drones at the Lab Restricted

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) advances have opened new opportunities for scientists and hobbyists. Use of drones, kites or balloons must be vetted through the Lab’s Aviation Point of Contact. Use of personally owned drones for recreational or work purposes on Lab owned or controlled property or project site is prohibited. More>

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Onsite Massage Appointments Available

Massage sessions are held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., paid for by staff. Table massages can be booked for as little as 10 minutes for $13 to one hour for $60. Sessions are held in Building 26 (Health Services). Go here for more information and to make a reservation.

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Restrictions on Riding, Charging Hoverboards at the Lab

California’s State Fire Marshal issued a safety bulletin on self-balancing scooters (hoverboards) due to injuries and fires. Hoverboards are allowed at the Lab, but riding or charging them here is prohibited. If brought onsite, it must be in the care and control of the owner at all times. Underwriters Laboratories has not yet certified hoverboards for safety.

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Transition to WPC Ends March 15

On this date, all workers must be authorized in the Work Planning & Control system. Those not assigned to an Activity should contact their supervisor or Division Safety Coordinator to learn more. This transition strengthens the Lab’s implementation of Integrated Safety Management to ensure all workers are aware of the scope, hazards, and controls of their work activities.

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Health Services Holiday Schedule

Health Services will be closed during the holiday shutdown (Dec. 24 to Jan. 4). Limited first aid supplies are located in the “after-hours” first aid box outside the entrance to Health Services in Building 26. Call 911 for any significant injury or emergency.

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Dec. 15 & 17 Brown-Bags on El Nino Preparation

Are you prepared for coming El Nino? Attend a brown bag lunch session to learn about the Lab’s storm preparation and how you can participate. The first session will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Building 50 Auditorium, and the second on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Building 66 Auditorium. Both run from noon to 12:30 p.m.

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New Pedestrian Safety Poster Features Winning Image of Photo Contest

John Christensen’s winning image for the “All Eyes on Safety” contest earlier this year is now featured on posters. The wild turkeys running “afowl” of pedestrian safety guidelines is an important reminder to use crosswalks and stay on designated paths, particularly during winter months when visibility is low. More>

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Where to View Your Training Requirements (BLT or WPC)?

Since you can view your training requirements in two systems Berkeley Lab Training (BLT) and Work Planning and Control’s Activity Manager (WPC), which version should you use? This short video highlights the difference between these systems and shows how to view your training in each.

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