Spring is birthing season for a variety of local wildlife, including deer. Employee Sreela Sen of the Engineering Division captured these two newborns trying to cross the road with their mother near Building 46. While these little ones are adorable, their precarious circumstance is an important reminder for those driving around the Lab to be aware and use caution. Also, do not attempt to get close to or feed deer or other wild animals.
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More than 200 Hero Cards are waiting in the wallets of participating Berkeley Lab employees, and they are ready to hand one over to you on the spot. All you have to do is a good deed— help a neighbor, offer some timely advice, or highlight a potential safety hazard. The card not only thanks you for advancing safety at the Lab, it could lead to a cash reward. Two Berkeley Lab employees, Paula Ashley and Sandra Ritterbusch, are already winners. And there’s another twist: when you receive a Hero Card, you can pay it forward. More>
Daylight Saving Time went into effect yesterday. Be sure to change any clocks in your office environment ahead by one hour. It’s also a good opportunity to check your household emergency supplies. Charge or replace batteries for flashlights and smoke detectors, and rotate out your food and water supplies with a fresh supply if needed. Also, check to see that your emergency contact numbers are updated and that every member of the family knows what to do and where to meet in the event of an emergency. With a little advanced preparation, you can help protect yourself and your family.
For the next two weeks, starting on Monday through Feb. 28, the East Bay Regional Parks And East Bay Municipal Utilities District will be conducting brush pile burning in the Grizzly Peak Area and Moraga/Orinda Watershed. Depending on wind direction, Lab employees may see smoke coming from these areas. All burning will be closely monitored by these agencies.
Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kubiak (left), along with members of the Facilities Division, honored bus driver Fran Hinkston for her heroic awareness late last month, which prevented her from running over an unconscious cyclist lying in the middle of the road. She received a Safety SPOT award and $300 check from MV Transportation, the contractor who manages the Lab’s bus service. More>
Coming down a very dark and curvy Centennial Drive last Monday, Rockridge-route bus driver Fran Hinkston swerved suddenly into the uphill lane, then back into her own lane. She explained to shaken passengers the sudden move was required to prevent running over a cyclist who had crashed and lay injured and unconscious in the road. Hinkston stopped the bus, radioed to request police and an ambulance, then she and passengers exited the bus to attend to the victim and secure the accident site. Hinkston’s quick reflexes likely saved the cyclist’s life. The incident serves as a reminder to cyclists to wear helmets and reduce their speed down the steep incline of Centennial Drive.
On Friday, Jan. 17, from 6:00 am to approx. 3:00 pm the SERC project will be performing crane operations which will block the eastbound lane of McMillan Road. Flaggers will be present to regulate pedestrian and vehicle traffic during this period. Please use caution when traversing this area. Please contact Don Beaton ext. 7109 or Jules Feher ext. 4178 with questions or concerns.
The EH&S Division has produced a video that demonstrates how to safely transport a gas cylinder. It provides information for how to identify a cylinder’s contents, its pressure and approximate weight, and tips for how to safely transport cylinders using carts. The video is included in the LBNL Pressure Safety Training course (EHS0171) and can be found as a link in PUB 3000 Gas Safety Chapter 13. View this and other safety videos on the EH&S Safety Flicks website.
Lab personnel who will be visiting other UC property must comply with the UC tobacco-free policies that will be in place on Jan. 1. Smoking, including e-cigarettes and the use of smokeless tobacco products, will be strictly prohibited on all UC owned and leased property, including the UC Berkeley campus, the Office of the President, the Oakland Scientific Facility, and the Richmond Field Station. Berkeley Lab’s new smoking policy went into effect on Nov. 15. Smoking and e-cigarette use are restricted to designated smoking areas at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute. Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will follow the existing smoking policies.
Plan — Watch for TABL articles on road impacts to plan your route and schedule accordingly.
Patience — Stay calm and relaxed when experiencing delays.
Control Speed — Go no more than 10 mph when flaggers are present, and maintain a safe distance.
Vigilance — Stay focused on driving and avoid distractions in the car.
Do your part as a member of the Lab community to keep the roads safe by following these pointers. Report unsafe conditions and behaviors here.