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Bunsen Burners Now Require a Hot Work Permit

Designated Area Hot Work Permits are now required for labs that use Bunsen burners. The permits are issued following an inspection by Protective Services and must be renewed annually. Send an email to hotwork@lbl.gov to request an inspection. For more information, contact Amie Krigbaum (x5479) or view the policy here.

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Medical Emergency Response Team Graduates

Twelve employees completed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training to join the Lab’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is part of the Lab’s Disaster Assistance Teams, designed to augment professional response to disasters. Go here for more information and to see who completed the training.

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Operations Announces Reorganization

As part of the Lab’s effort to improve the management of capital projects, address deferred maintenance and physical infrastructure needs, and advance important safety and property protection programs, Operations is reorganizing some elements of the Facilities, Protective Services, and Environment, Health and Safety Divisions, effective May 15. Go here for a message from Glenn Kubiak.

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Happy Earth Day…Lab Website, Fair Offer Ways to Celebrate

Since 1970, Earth Day — which takes place April 22 — has celebrated our home planet, and the ways we can all take better care of it. Learn some ways you can help make every day Earth Day by checking out the Sustainable Berkeley Lab website and stopping by the Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Cafeteria parking lot.

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‘Ghost Ship’ Talk by Lab Fire Protection Team on April 25 at 10:30 a.m.

The “Ghost Ship,” an Oakland warehouse turned artists’ collective, erupted in flames last year, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. Lab fire protection personnel who were part of the investigation will present an overview of the fire, and discuss the importance of building codes, using caution at crowded venues, and general fire safety. The talk takes place in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. More>

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Annual Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair Takes Place April 27

The Operations Division is hosting this second annual fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot (Lot K1). Visitors can experience a simulated earthquake in the Big Shaker, get a free bike tune-up, check out an e-bike demo, or participate in a raffle for prizes. The Bay View Café will offer a special BBQ lunch for purchase. More>

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April 11 Talk on Lessons Learned From Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

Last December, a tragic warehouse fire in Oakland claimed 36 lives. Protective Services’ Wayne Dutchover and Nick Bartlett assisted in the fire investigation. They will provide an overview of the fire, including response and lessons learned. They will also share tips on addressing fire safety in our own lives. The talk starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Protocol for Dialing 911

When dialing 911 from a Lab phone, callers will not reach the fire department. They will instead be connected to the UC Dispatch Center, which transfers calls related to medical, fire, or hazmat incidents to the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center. Don’t hang up during transfer. Calling 911 from a cell phone will connect you with a local 911 dispatcher. More>

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Protective Services reminds staff to change the batteries in their home smoke alarms when they change their clocks. Also, smoke alarms should be tested once a month. Any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old needs to be replaced. More>

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City of Berkeley Hosts March 18 Emergency Preparation Fair

The City of Berkeley is hosting an emergency preparedness fair for its residents. The event includes activities, tips and information, training, demos, a showcase of emergency vehicles, games, and prizes. The event takes place Saturday March 18, at Le Conte School (2241 Russell St.), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More>

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