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Lab personnel who will be visiting other UC property must comply with the UC tobacco-free policies that will be in place on Jan. 1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco products, will be strictly prohibited on all UC owned and leased property, including the UC Berkeley campus, the Office of the President, the Oakland Scientific Facility, and the Richmond Field Station. Berkeley Lab’s new smoking policy went into effect on Nov. 15. Smoking and e-cigarette use are restricted to designated smoking areas at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will follow the existing smoking policies.
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).
Employees who want to learn strategies to lessen stress using instant relaxation techniques are invited to attend a free workshop on Monday, Dec. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. This workshop will include a variety of office stretches and deep breathing exercises, which will can help people feel more energized and refreshed. The class will be led by Laurie Yamamoto of CARE Services.
Health Services will again offer flu clinics for the Lab community. Cost is $10 for the flu vaccine and $70 for the pneumonia vaccine. Call x6266 to make an appointment. Sept. 25 and Oct. 11: Main Site, Bldg. 26, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (allow extra time to take shuttle because construction has depleted all parking); Oct. 2: NERSC, Bldg. 943-254, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Oct. 4: Potter St., Bldg. 977-248, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Oct. 10: JGI, Bldg. 310-350, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Berkeley Lab’s proposed revision to the nonsmoking policy is now posted and open for employee comment. As announced last week, the Lab is revising its tobacco use policy following UC President Mark Yudof’s pledge to make all UC campuses tobacco-free by 2014. While the Lab will not be completely smoke-free, it is providing cessation resources and proposes to limit smoking to about 16 designated smoking areas at the main site and three areas at the Joint Genome Institute; it is also proposing to prohibit the use of smoke-free tobacco in Lab buildings and vehicles. The new policy will apply to all employees, as well as affiliates and visitors; hosts will be responsible for communicating the policy to their visitors. View the proposed policy here and a map of proposed designated smoking areas here. Send comments to HRpolicy@lbl.gov by Sep. 16.
In alignment with UCOP’s decision to have all campuses be smoke- and tobacco-free by 2014, Berkeley Lab is revising its tobacco use policy with the goal of minimizing the impact of secondhand smoke for nonsmokers and advancing the health of smokers by offering cessation resources. Starting November 15, smoking will be limited to designated areas at the main Lab site as well as the Joint Genome Institute, while use of smoke-free tobacco will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles. (Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will not be impacted by the new policy and will continue to follow the existing policies of their buildings.) This proposed policy will be posted on August 15 for a 30-day employee comment period. The Lab also will hold Town Hall meetings on the proposed policy August 26 and September 3 at noon in the Building 50 auditorium. Smoking cessation resources are available at the Smoking at LBNL page.
To help staff reduce stress, the Lab hosts a weekly massage program on the main site. 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. Previously held in Building 76, appointments will now take place across the street in Building 26. Go here for more information and to make a reservation.
Health Services will not be accepting any non-urgent drop-in visitors after noon today. Staff will be available for any emergency or urgent needs. The clinic’s regular schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. resumes tomorrow.
With the holidays behind us, now is a good time to start focusing on diet, exercise, and ridding yourself of unhealthy habits. University of California President Mark Yudof pledged for all UC campuses to become smoke/tobacco free by the end of this year and Berkeley Lab is joining this effort. Offering a smoke/tobacco-free environment will contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of the entire Lab community. Currently a task force is developing policies for all Lab locations. A host of resources will be available for those looking to quit and a Lab-wide campaign will commence shortly.