Today at Berkeley Lab

Hills Fire Danger Is Real: Learn What Lab Is Doing to Protect, Educate Staff

It’s not a question of if, but when a fire will ignite upwind of the Lab, says Fire Marshal Todd LaBerge. To help protect employees, the Lab’s Fire Protection and Emergency Management groups are developing wildfire prevention and safety programs, which include a series of presentations this summer. The first is July 24. Go here for more, including a goat-grazing time-lapse video.

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Gil Torres Awarded Safety Hero Prize

Gil Torres — Materials Sciences’ building manager — is one of the latest recipients of Berkeley Lab’s quarterly Safety Hero $50 raffle prize in recognition for his efforts to lessen a trip hazard on a ramp near the entrance to Building 66. The Safety Hero Prize draws from Berkeley Lab’s Hero Card program.

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The Lab’s Fire-Prevention Goats Are Back

As part of the Lab’s efforts to manage vegetation and reduce wildland fire fuels, these polyphagous browsers have been brought back to the Hill to begin their important work. They’ll be at various locations over the next several weeks.

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Bike to Work Month 2018: A Compendium of Lab Cycling Profiles

As part of Bike to Work Month, which ends today, TABL featured several Lab cyclists and their tips on staying safe while traversing the roadways. Check out their stories here.

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Feel Better: JGI Hosts Annual Safety and Wellness Fair on May 30

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is hosting its 12th Annual Safety and Wellness Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on May 30 at the JGI courtyard in Walnut Creek. Attendees from Berkeley Lab are welcome. The fair will be held Over 50 exhibitors will be participating, promoting safety, health, wellness, and sustainability. More>

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Video: Cyclists Share Tips on Navigating the Lab’s Unique Terrain

Berkeley Lab’s main campus can be both pleasant and tricky for cyclists — there’s much less car traffic than on the surrounding city streets, but there are many more hills and some “trouble spots” where cars and bikes need to take extra caution. We talked to a few veteran Berkeley Lab cyclists to get their advice on how to navigate the terrain.

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Lab Participates in May 22 Wildfire Awareness Event

Area fire-response agencies will meet at the site of last year’s Grizzly Peak​ Fire from 11 a.m. to noon on May 22 to discuss fire preparedness and prevention efforts. The event may cause traffic delays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Grizzly Peak Boulevard, between Centennial Drive and South Park Drive. Emergency vehicles will be stationed in the area as part of the event. More>

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Recap of Last Week’s Personnel Accountability Drills

Last week, Berkeley Lab’s Emergency Management Department conducted two personnel accountability drills as part of the Department of Energy’s annual Eagle Horizon continuity drill. The Lab was able to account for 79 percent of its employees, affiliates, and contractors in the first drill, and 93 percent in the second drill. More>

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Bike-to-Work Day is May 10; Tips and Resources for a Great Ride

Considering biking to work on May 10? Get support along the way at one of 143 “energizer stations” that will pop up in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that day. Go here for a map of stations, as well as information on safe riding, the Lab’s shuttle buses and shower facilities, and the Bike Station located in downtown Berkeley.

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Improvements in Electrical Safety at the Lab

It has been one year without an electrical shock at Berkeley Lab, the longest since 2008. This is a significant improvement attributed in part to the Electrical Safety Program’s focus on “Lockout Before Work” and “Test Before Touch.” Credit for the improvements goes to the Lab’s Qualified Electrical Workers, Electrical Safety Advocates, and Electrical Safety Officers. More>

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