Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Staffer Wins Safety Hero Award for Sharing Stress Management Resources

Jeffrey Takakuwa, a mechanical engineer in the Engineering Division, won a $50 prize in this quarter’s Hero Card raffle for his good deed of informing co-workers about two UC Be Well at Work programs — Employee Assistance and Elder Care — available to Lab employees through University Health Services. More>

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New 2016 Emergency Guides Issued; Also Available as Smartphone App

Protective Services is in the process of removing old printed guides and replacing with the new ones. In the meantime, download the “In Case of Crisis” app to your smartphone for the Emergency Guide information at your fingertips. The app is free and can be installed by following these directions. Contact PS@lbl.gov for more information.

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National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

The Facilities Division will participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event provides an opportunity for employees to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention. More>

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Info Table on Lab Clean-Up Effort on April 7 in Cafeteria

Representatives will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to share tips on how best to clean up your office and/or lab, and where to deposit challenging waste items. The event is part of the Lab’s Earth Month activities. Go here for more on the clean-up effort.

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Use Caution When Workers Are Near Roadways

Roadside maintenance is conducted at the Lab by landscapers and laborers on a daily basis. Often, they must work in close proximity to traffic. This places them at risk when they can’t see, hear or anticipate oncoming cars, trucks and bicycles. Remain alert to their presence, slow down, give them space to complete their work, and observe all warning cones and signs.

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Creating a Clean and Safe Place for Lab Science

To enable the Lab to conduct the best science possible, it’s crucial to have work areas that are safe, efficiently used, and clean. A new website has been created as a resource for employees to assist with clean-up activities in their divisions. The site offers planning guides as well as tools needed to take stock of chemical inventories, equipment and supplies, and paper records. More>

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Watch for Cyclists When Entering, Exiting the Grizzly and Strawberry Gates

Drivers are asked to be extra cautious when entering or leaving Grizzly and Strawberry Gates. Bicycles and motorcycles are often difficult to see due to their size and natural obstructions near both gates. Look in both directions to make sure the road is clear before proceeding. Extra caution and an extra second or two may save a life or prevent a serious injury.

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