Today at Berkeley Lab

WANTED: Have You Seen This Waste Disposal Poster?

Turn in outdated waste management posters (aka “Green” posters) like this one for a reward…a new Waste Guide with updated information on what to do with various kinds of regulated and non-regulated waste. E-mail sbl@lbl.gov to receive your reward, or download it from the Lab Cleanup website (prints best at 11” x 17”). More>

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Microwave Oven Safety Tips

Practically everyone at the Lab uses a microwave oven to heat something — maybe lunch or snack in the common kitchen, or perhaps a liquid or media in a dedicated laboratory microwave. Several times a day even, we place a container in the microwave, press a few buttons and presto – it’s done. What could go wrong with something that simple? You’d be surprised. More>

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Carpool or Vanpool? Staffer from Petaluma Manages to Do Both

Marty White, the Division Safety Coordinator for the Lab’s Physics and Nuclear Science divisions, first started vanpooling in 1974, shortly after she started her first job out of college. Today, she vanpools three to four times a week and carpools once a week from the North Bay to Berkeley. More>

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Authorization Required to Access Lab Rooftops

For your safety and others, do not access Lab rooftops without an authorized business reason. In many cases, fall protection training, fall protection equipment, and a fall matrix (permit) is needed for roof access. In the past, unauthorized employees have accessed Lab rooftops and put themselves in an “unsafe zone” near the roof’s edge. Contact Herb Toor (x5918) for info.

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Before and After Pics Illustrate Munching Prowess of Lab Goats

Hundreds of grazing goats have arrived this month as part of the Lab’s efforts to prevent wildfires. And as a testament to their skill, check out these before-and-after photos of a hillside near Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71A and 90. What was once long, dry grass was quickly mowed down to nubs.

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Stay Cool and Safe During Hot Weather

In high heat, avoid heavy meals, wear light-weight clothing, limit the time in direct sunlight, and drink plenty of water. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition (e.g., heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For more on heat stress, go here or contact Julie Zhu (x6871). More>

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Lab Community Emergency Response Team Launched

Staff can be trained to assist during disasters, when first responders are often overwhelmed. Training includes emergency preparedness, basic fire suppression, medical assessment, patient transport, and light search and rescue. Take EHS 520 and 522, LBL 0010 or PSD 0150, PSD 0131, and PSD 0121 classes to qualify. Send e-mail here for more information.

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Bicyclists Reminded to Follow the Rules of the Road

Bicycle riders on Lab roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are subject to the same rules and regulations, including stopping at stop signs/lights, observing speed limits, and yielding to pedestrians. Policy requires bicyclists to wear a helmet while riding at the Lab. See the Road Safety webpage and the California Driver Handbook for more information.

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Take Flu Vaccination Survey to Help Lab Better Serve Employees

The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. Vaccination can reduce flu illness, limit missed work and school, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Health Services wants to capture data for staff who got a vaccine offsite or reason for deciding against taking the vaccine. Go here to fill out the survey.

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Drivers Should Watch Out for Newborn Fawns

Spring is birthing season for a variety of local wildlife, including deer. While these little ones are adorable, their precarious circumstance is an important reminder for those driving around the Lab to be aware and use caution. Also, do not attempt to get close to or feed deer or other wild animals. This photo was taken at the Lab by John Chernowski of the Facilities Division.

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