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ATAP Division Safety Culture Encourages Openness, Feedback, Perseverance

In the latest installment to the Safety Culture website’s “Perspectives” series, ATAP Division Director Wim Leemans discusses the benefits of a safety culture that rewards openness, feedback, and perseverance. More>

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Great ShakeOut Drill Takes Place Tomorrow

The drill will be initiated at 10:16 a.m. via a LabAlert message, a public address message, and a radio announcement. Remember to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for 30 seconds, then evacuate to an Emergency Assembly Area. Remain there until the “all clear” is given. If a fire alarm sounds, consider it an actual event and follow BET directions. For questions, contact your BET Lead of Protective Services (x6160).

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Safety First: Do Not Cross Barricades

Barricades are often used to keep people out of an unsafe area. Do not cross over, under, or through a barricade even if it seems safe. Some barricades use “Danger” or “Caution” tape as a warning. Pylons or cones are also used. Barricades are often temporary and locations can change so keep alert. If unsure, play it safe and stay out. Contact your building manager or supervisor before accessing any cordoned-off area. More>

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Berkeley Lab Ebola Outbreak Response

Employees planning trips to Africa are asked to meet with Health Services staff to obtain travel kits, any needed vaccines and medications, as well as emergency contact information they may need during their travels. Upon returning, workers will be interviewed and assessed according to CDC guidelines.

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Berkeley and Albany Host Emergency Exercise on Oct. 18

The exercise will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 and feature activities to enhance emergency preparedness in the home, neighborhood, or businesses. The recent Napa earthquake and upcoming 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake is a good reminder to take action. Go here for details on Berkeley’s exercise, and here for Albany’s.

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Possible Red Flag Warnings Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday

Predicted high temperature, strong winds, and low humidity could lead to heightened risk of wild land fires. If a warning is issued, hot-work permits will be canceled, and ignition sources will be controlled (welding, brazing, sparking activities, cigarettes, BBQs, and power machinery). Call x7911 from Lab phone or 911 from cell to report fire or smoke. Contact Amy Krigbaum (x5479) for more info.

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Two New Stop Signs Installed at the Lab

One is located on the eastbound side of Lawrence Road in front of the Guest House. The other has been placed in the northwest corner of the Building 90 parking lot at the end of Chamberlain Road.

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Pedestrian Rerouting Around Cafeteria Courtyard on Sept. 23

Those walking in the area will be directed to use alternate route to accommodate the cafeteria courtyard improvement project. To ensure safety, pedestrians should follow all posted signage. Contact Eric Lahrs for more information (510-206-3148).

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Sign Up for LabAlert to Get Emergency Notifications

The system uses your Lab e-mail and phone to provide updates on events like Lab closures, start delays, power outages, or earthquakes. To receive LabALert notices on your personal devices, sign up here. View a “how to register’ demo here. Send e-mail to emergencymanagement@lbl.gov for more information.

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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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