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Making Safety Rewarding…and Profitable

Safety is an ongoing mission at the Lab, and workers who demonstrate exemplary safety behavior can be recognized for their efforts. Know a Lab worker who has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure safe conditions for others? He or she may be eligible for a Safety Spot Award, which can include a monetary award to qualified employees. More>

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Cryogenic Liquid Cylinder Talk on August 28; Location Changed

Mike Murray of Chart Incorporated (affiliated with Praxair, the Lab’s cryogenic liquid supplier) will present a seminar on cryogenic liquid cylinder handling on August 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Building 15-253. He will provide practical information that will help users better understand how to safely and efficiently operate liquid cryogen cylinders.

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Third Annual Road Safety Day Takes Place on Sept. 4

The event will be held in the cafeteria lower parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants include local bike shops, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, UCPD, and Sustainable Berkeley Lab, among others. Free bike tune-ups will be offered. The Cafe will feature a special menu. Download poster here.

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Safety Drill Simulates ‘Receipt’ of Radioactive Material and Resulting ‘Injury’

The emergency exercise last week simulated the “special delivery” of a broken bottle of unknown radioactive materials, which affected four “victims” who came in contact with the substance. Approximately 80 Lab and off-site responders participated. The exercise helped identify current capabilities and solidify collaboration with first-responder agencies.

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HR’s Bill Singh is a Safety Super-Hero

Lab Senior HR Recruiter Bill Singh is among the winners in the most recent Hero Card raffle. His action to prevent a slip-and-fall hazard on a walkway was observed by a colleague, who handed him a Hero Card for his good deed. And now Bill is $50 richer by winning the raffle. More>

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Lab Annual Emergency Exercise Set for Tuesday, August 5

The Lab will conduct its annual disaster exercise from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Buildings 62 and 69 are the only sites involved. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be posted in the area. There will be no sirens, road closures, or disruption to bus service, and normal operations will not be interrupted. The exercise will end immediately if an actual emergency occurs. Contact Hilda Quiroz (x5246) for more information.

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Slow Down Near Building 37 Repairs; Pedestrian Detour in Place

To ensure safety, drivers are reminded to slow their speed in this area of Lawrence Road, and pedestrians must use a detour. Work will continue through mid-September.

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National Lab Safety Culture Wins Over Professor

A Colorado chemistry professor’s experience with national laboratory safety culture has changed the way he does research. When Monte Helm first arrived at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to extend his research, he feared that his work would be hampered by too many restrictive safety rules. Those fears vanished quickly. More>

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Bicycle Rider Safety at the Lab

Warmer weather means more staff are cycling to and from work. Remember most traffic laws that apply to cars also apply to bikes, including stop signs, speed limits, and yielding to pedestrians. Lab policy requires helmets use. Wear bright clothing and use tail lights.

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JGI Celebrates Safety and Wellness at 8th Annual Fair

Gathering in Walnut Creek sought to expand safety culture, promote healthy living, and raise awareness of services offered at the Joint Genome Institute, Berkeley Lab, and Contra Costa County. More>

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