Today at Berkeley Lab

Hero Card Raffle Winner Chanin King Excels at Teamwork

Chanin King, from the Advanced Light Source’s Center for X-Ray Optics, received a Hero Card for working with his colleague, Warren Holcomb, to properly track and handle unlabeled waste. He was further rewarded when he won this quarter’s raffle. More>

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Help Save a Life With AEDs and ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits

Defibrillators (AEDs) can restore a regular heart beat when an individual has suffered a cardiac event. AEDs are located in various Lab buildings (map). Included with the AEDs are “Stop the Bleed” kits to help stem blood loss due to injury. Instructions are included with the AEDs and Stop the Bleed kits. Go here for a video on using AEDs. More>

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Emergency Medical Reporting Procedures

Employees should call 911 to report life-threatening emergencies. Be prepared to provide the following information: nature of the event/emergency, physical address, call-back number, approximate age of patient (where applicable, if they are conscious, and if they are breathing. More>

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Reminder on Holiday Fire, Decoration Safety

The Lab’s fire marshal reminds staff that holiday trees and candles, while beautiful and festive, can also create fire hazards. Trees can become engulfed in flames in under five seconds. Go here to view tips on decoration safety, or get information from the Red Cross, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, or the National Fire Protection Association.

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Great ShakeOut Drill on Oct. 20

With the Lab situated on the Hayward Fault, and predictions of a significant earthquake in the region over the coming decades, according to scientists, it is imperative to prepare for such an event. Employees are invited to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. More>

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Safety Culture Work Group Initiative: Safety Messages in Neon Chalk

Have you noticed the temporary neon-colored safety messages popping up in high-traffic areas? A Safety Culture Work Group subcommittee developed the campaign to create awareness around slip, trip, and fall prevention. They brainstormed such catchphrases as “Handrails: There for a Reason,” “Get a Grip,” and “A fall, a slip, a hospital trip.” More>

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Video Offers Tips on How to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

In anticipation of the slippery conditions that the upcoming rainy season can present, the Lab’s Safety Culture Work Group has focused on reducing injuries due to slips, trips, and falls. These include paying attention to surroundings, walking mindfully, and pocketing the phone before walking. Looking out for each other also helps, as this quick video by EHS intern Haley Sutton shows.

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Microwave Oven Safety Tips

Practically everyone at the Lab uses a microwave oven to heat something — maybe lunch or snack in the common kitchen, or perhaps a liquid or media in a dedicated laboratory microwave. Several times a day even, we place a container in the microwave, press a few buttons and presto – it’s done. What could go wrong with something that simple? You’d be surprised. More>

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Authorization Required to Access Lab Rooftops

For your safety and others, do not access Lab rooftops without an authorized business reason. In many cases, fall protection training, fall protection equipment, and a fall matrix (permit) is needed for roof access. In the past, unauthorized employees have accessed Lab rooftops and put themselves in an “unsafe zone” near the roof’s edge. Contact Herb Toor (x5918) for info.

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Stay Cool and Safe During Hot Weather

In high heat, avoid heavy meals, wear light-weight clothing, limit the time in direct sunlight, and drink plenty of water. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition (e.g., heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For more on heat stress, go here or contact Julie Zhu (x6871). More>

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