Posts Tagged ‘Environment/Health/Safety’

Employee’s Photos of Newborn Fawns is a Reminder to Use Caution on Lab Roads

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Spring is birthing season for a variety of local wildlife, including deer. Employee Sreela Sen of the Engineering Division captured these two newborns trying to cross the road with their mother near Building 46. 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.

Lab Safety Heroes Carry the Card…and Pass It On

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

More than 200 Hero Cards are waiting in the wallets of participating Berkeley Lab employees, and they are ready to hand one over to you on the spot. All you have to do is a good deed— help a neighbor, offer some timely advice, or highlight a potential safety hazard. The card not only thanks you for advancing safety at the Lab, it could lead to a cash reward. Two Berkeley Lab employees, Paula Ashley and Sandra Ritterbusch, are already winners. And there’s another twist: when you receive a Hero Card, you can pay it forward. More>

Controlled Burn in Area Hills Feb. 18 to 28

Friday, February 14th, 2014

For the next two weeks, starting on Monday through Feb. 28, the East Bay Regional Parks And East Bay Municipal Utilities District will be conducting brush pile burning in the Grizzly Peak Area and Moraga/Orinda Watershed. Depending on wind direction, Lab employees may see smoke coming from these areas. All burning will be closely monitored by these agencies.

New Video Demonstrates Safe Handling of Gas Cylinders

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The EH&S Division has produced a video that demonstrates how to safely transport a gas cylinder. It provides information for how to identify a cylinder’s contents, its pressure and approximate weight, and tips for how to safely transport cylinders using carts. The video is included in the LBNL Pressure Safety Training course (EHS0171) and can be found as a link in PUB 3000 Gas Safety Chapter 13. View this and other safety videos on the EH&S Safety Flicks website.

Health Services Closed on Monday, Dec. 23

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Health Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 23. In case of an emergency, call 911 from any Lab or cell phone. Those who incur non-emergency work-related injuries can go directly to US Healthworks in Berkeley, located at 2580 Seventh Street, Suite 100. For more information, contact Health Services (x6266).

Map Marks New Designated Smoking Areas, Effective on Nov. 15

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Starting Nov. 15, smoking (including “e-cigarettes”) at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute will be limited to new designated areas. These areas were selected to minimize the impact of second hand smoke on nonsmokers. Zoom in on the map to view areas in detail. Off-site locations in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville will follow the existing policies of their buildings. The use of smoke-free tobacco will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles.The smoking areas are part of a new policy that also seeks to advance the health of smokers by offering cessation resources.

New ‘Pup’ Size Printer Paper Boxes to Help Reduce Back Injuries

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Employees from the Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety Divisions teamed up to develop a simple but effective way to limit back injury from toting 54-pound boxes of printer paper…cut the size in half. The new method will increase safety for those at the Lab who have to handle these bulky loads. More>

One Day Until Lab’s Drop, Cover, Hold On and Evacuation Drill

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Tomorrow the Great California ShakeOut takes place across the state, and Berkeley Lab will be participating with a Drop, Cover, Hold On exercise and evacuation drill at 10:17 a.m. It’s important that everyone in our community knows what to do in the event of an earthquake. Protective Services will provide instructions via the public address system and the drill should last no more than 20-30 minutes. Learn how to duck and cover in a laboratory setting here. Find out more on proper evacuation protocol and the role of your Building Emergency Team here. Vehicular traffic will not be halted so use caution when exiting buildings. Contact Jan McClellan (x7570) with questions.

Shipping Hazardous Materials At the Lab

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Employees planning to ship any items other than printed materials should be aware of the Lab’s Hazardous Materials Shipping policy. Go here to view all requirements related to shipping hazardous materials. Only appropriately trained staff are authorized to package hazardous materials and offer them for shipment from the Lab. Visit the Shipping website to learn more about policies and procedures (link in upper right corner). Staff who are uncertain about the process or have any questions related to this process can contact Shipping at x5084 or

EH&S Hosts Laser Vendor Fair on Oct. 15

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Check out what’s new in the world of lasers by attending the annual Laser Vendor Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Sponsored by the Laser Safety Program and held in the cafeteria dining area from 3 to 5 p.m., approximately 20 manufacturers’ representatives will display the newest products related to lasers, optics, protective eyewear, fiber lasers, enclosure, and other applications. There will be free refreshments and the event is open to the Lab community. More>