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What to Do With a Chemical You Can’t Identify? Here Are Some Tips

If you come across a chemical or material that is unlabeled or with a label that is unreadable, contact your Division Safety Coordinator. Unknown materials are expensive to characterize and pose an unnecessary risk to workers. Here are some practical prevention tips to help labs and technical areas prevent the generation of unknown chemicals and materials.

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Updates on Dec. 19 Mass Evacuation Drill

In response to feedback received after the announcement of the drill on Nov. 29 in TABL, Emergency Management has provided additional information to help clarify the process. Also, new zone maps have been developed that show pre- and post-drill positions for critical services, such as stop signs and flagger positions, and vehicle and bike/pedestrian directions.

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Dec. 3 Mountain Lion Sighting

A person working onsite near Old Town on Sunday, Dec. 3, spotted a mountain lion in the vicinity. The animal was observed moving uphill towards the Lawrence Hall of Science. Protective Services crew searched the area and found no traces of the lion, which appeared to move out of the area. Go here to view safety tips regarding mountain lions.

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Lab-Wide Rapid Mass Evacuation Drill to Be Held Dec. 19

As the recent North Bay fires demonstrated, the ability to safely evacuate an impacted area in a time-sensitive manner is critically important. To this end, the Lab’s Emergency Management Team will conduct a rapid mass evacuation drill on Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 2:30 p.m. Go here for more information, including how personnel in each zone will be asked to participate. Questions? Contact emergencymanagement@lbl.gov.

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Safety Tips for Wet, Dark Days

With the rainy season upon us and shortened daylight hours, employees are reminded to be extra aware of fellow drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists during evening commutes, to use the flashlight from their mobile phone when walking in dark areas, and to watch for slippery floors and entrances when it’s raining. Go here for more tips on staying safe during winter months.

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Mountain Lion Recently Sighted Near the Lab

A mountain lion sighting was reported on Sunday, Nov. 19, outside of the Lab’s fence line below parking lot F (off of Cyclotron Road). A search was conducted by the UC Police Department but the animal was not located. This follows other mountain lion sightings in the East Bay hills in recent months. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information.

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Emergency Management Launches ‘LabReady’ Campaign With Noon Briefings

The initial component of the campaign — which seeks to better prepare the Lab community in case of emergency — will be a series of informal, noontime briefings that remind staff of Lab hazards, emergency reporting, protective actions and measures, and communications. Sessions will be held Nov. 29, Dec. 5, and Dec. 11. Bring your lunch and learn more about staying safe.

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In Case of Emergency, Know Your Zone

To allow Protective Services to better address emergencies on the Lab’s main site, the Hill has been broken into six zones, plus a seventh zone for off-site locations. This enables responders to manage an event more effectively without impacting areas that are out of harm’s way. Staff are encouraged to become familiar with the Lab’s zones. Go here for more, including a zone map.

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Heed the Messages Around the Lab to Limit Falls While Walking

Pedestrian injuries due to trips and falls are on the rise at the Lab and worldwide. To address this issue, the city of Honolulu is now fining people for viewing their smart phones while crossing the street. Amsterdam has embedded LED-illuminated strips in crosswalks. At the Lab, chalk stencils remind staff to “Walk Mindfully,” “Pocket Your Phone,” and “Hold the Rail.” More>

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Evidence of Mountain Lion Activity Found at Lab on Oct. 29

A deer carcass was found Sunday morning near Building 88 that is most likely the result of a mountain lion or bobcat kill. This follows two mountain lion sightings within the East Bay hills last month. Employees are encouraged to review these safety tips.

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