Today at Berkeley Lab

National Lab Safety Culture Wins Over Professor

A Colorado chemistry professor’s experience with national laboratory safety culture has changed the way he does research. When Monte Helm first arrived at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to extend his research, he feared that his work would be hampered by too many restrictive safety rules. Those fears vanished quickly. More>

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Bicycle Rider Safety at the Lab

Warmer weather means more staff are cycling to and from work. Remember most traffic laws that apply to cars also apply to bikes, including stop signs, speed limits, and yielding to pedestrians. Lab policy requires helmets use. Wear bright clothing and use tail lights.

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JGI Celebrates Safety and Wellness at 8th Annual Fair

Gathering in Walnut Creek sought to expand safety culture, promote healthy living, and raise awareness of services offered at the Joint Genome Institute, Berkeley Lab, and Contra Costa County. More>

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State’s New ‘Three Feet for Safety Law’ Takes Effect in Three Months

Requires drivers to provide three feet between cyclists and vehicles when passing. More>

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Pedestrian Detour on Lawrence Road June 16 to 30

Walkway on south side of road near Bldg. 37 closed; flaggers to control traffic. Go here for map.

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DOE Hosts Accelerator Safety Workshop

Event takes place August 5-7; discount registration deadline is July 5. More>

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N2 Parking Lot Entrance to ALS Closed Today Through June 4

N2 Parking Lot Entrance to ALS Closed Today Through June 4

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Take Precautions During Predicted Hot Weather

Stay cool in this week’s heat by avoiding heavy meals, wearing light, loose clothing, and drinking plenty of fluid. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition, contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For additional information on heat stress, go here or contact Dan Best (x7246). More>

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Seismic Safety Policy Update

Seismic safety imageBerkeley Lab has revised the Seismic Safety policy. Due to changes in the California Building Code (CBC) that take effect this year, the Laboratory recently completed a rewrite of the policy. The policy now resides in the RPM. For more information, see RPM for Seismic Safety.

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Use Extreme Caution Around Facilities Operations

Lab staff are reminded to always follow the direction of traffic flaggers and never circumvent safety warning devices. Facilities workers deal with hazardous situations around the Lab almost every day. When these hazards have the potential to affect our coworkers and guests, Facilities workers take precautions to protect the Lab community by erecting caution tape, placing cones in the roadway for traffic control, or setting up barriers to deny access. Observing the following precautions will help to keep them safe. Remember…

· Never move or circumvent warning devices
· Drive very slowly around traffic control zones
· Don’t pass forklifts or busses on Lab roadways
· Reduce speed around construction sites

Violators can be issued a citation by UCPD for disobeying traffic control flaggers.

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