Today at Berkeley Lab

Material Science Division’s Cheng Hao Wu Wins Safety Hero Card Raffle

Cheng Hao Wu is one of two lucky winners in the most recent Hero Card raffle. His proactive approach to clearing a workbench was noticed by a colleague, who handed him a Hero Card for doing the right thing. In addition to a Hero Card “Thank You,” Chenghao received $50 for winning the raffle. More>

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Recent Fire is Important Reminder About Designated Smoking Areas

The fire started when a lit cigarette was thrown into a coffee can used to collect butts — ironically situated under a “No Smoking” sign — on the balcony of a Lab building. Building occupants quickly extinguished the small blaze, and the Fire Department responded, but the incident serves as a reminder that smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

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Approval Required for All Work With Radioactive Materials

All radioactive material and radiation producing machines must be authorized by an approved work authorization from the Radiation Protection Group, including procurement, transfer, and use of Polonium-210 (Po-210) static eliminators. More>

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Building 70 Closed Due to Fire; Meeting for Occupants at 1 p.m.

There was a small fire in Building 70-264A on Jan. 13. The source of the fire is not known at this time and there were no injuries reported. The building will remain closed at least until the afternoon of Jan. 14. A meeting for building occupants takes place Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium (call in number: 866-740-1260, 4864905#).

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Adjusted Hours for Health Services in 2014; New Hours in 2015

Health Services will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23, and will not be open on Friday, Jan. 2. Expanded hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will begin on Monday, Jan. 5. In the event of a medical emergency during off hours, staff should call x7911.

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New Electrical Safety Website Launches

The site serves as a one-stop shop for electrical safety needs, and is a good source of information, as many changes to the Lab’s program are on the way. Staff are encouraged to offer feedback on the new site, as well as bookmark it for future reference. More>

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Storm Watch: Use Caution Traveling to and Around the Lab

With extreme weather conditions forecast for Dec. 11, staff are urged to take all necessary safety precautions. Go here to view warning messages from Protective Services and COO Glenn Kubiak.

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Storm Expected Tomorrow Could Affect Lab

Heavy rain and high winds are forecast for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lab may experience flooding, fallen trees and branches, power outages, and delayed traffic. Staff can report issues to the Facilities Division (x6011). Researchers running experiments should be prepared for possible power outages. The Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the storm.

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Do You Know the Signs of a Stroke or Heart Attack?

A recent minor traffic accident at the Lab is a reminder that quickly recognizing the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack may mean the difference between full recovery and no recovery. More>

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Latest on Mountain Lion Sightings

A mountain lion cub was spotted around noon yesterday running from the top of parking lot D (“the pit”) across the road behind Building 55. This follows two sightings last week on or near Lab property and a deer carcass found over the weekend below Building 90. More>

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