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How Loud is That Earbud? Stop by Cafeteria on August 17 to Find Out

Ever wondered if your MP3 player might be harmful to your hearing? Bring your device and earbuds or earphones to the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to find out. EHS has modified a mannequin so it can assess noise levels from MP3 players and evaluate risk. Those unable to stop by can contact Herb Toor to schedule an assessment.

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Truck Traffic to Increase Due to IGB Work; Will Continue for Next Year

Thursday, August 17, will be especially heavy due to cement deliveries for the IGB project. Drivers must reduce their speed to 15 mph in affected areas. Staff are not allowed in construction areas without approval. Every effort is being made to minimize adverse impacts to pedestrians and drivers during periods of significant construction. Contact Jack Heffernan (x5993) for more information.

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Sign Up for LabAlert to Receive Emergency Information

An initial and important lesson learned from last Wednesday’s emergency response is the need for all Lab staff to sign up for LabAlert, which has the ability to quickly text, call, and email emergency information to employees’ mobile devices. If you haven’t yet had a chance to share your comments on last week’s event, please do so using this online form. More>

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How a Kitchen Fire Led to Lessons Learned

On Memorial Day, Candace Flores was cooking when she walked away to do laundry. Within minutes, the pan burst into flames, and her kitchen cabinets caught fire. In this story, she shares an important lesson in how to put out a grease fire, and how to prevent it. More>

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Director’s Message on Aug. 2 Lock Down, Fire Evacuation

Dear Berkeley Lab colleagues, As you know, we had two separate incidents today that required an emergency response across the … More»

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CERT Training Sessions Scheduled for JGI

Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team training at the Joint Genome Institute (Walnut Creek). Participants will learn about emergency preparedness, small fire suppression, search and rescue, and medical triage and treatment. Class begins August 15. More>

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Recent Mountain Lion Sighting Near Clark Kerr Campus

A mountain lion sighting was reported on the morning of July 19 near the Clark Kerr Campus. UCPD reports “deer are a major food source for mountain lions” and there have been several reported sightings of mountain lions in the hills above the Berkeley campus. There has not been a confirmed sighting on Lab property. More>

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Reminder on Bike Safety Policy – Helmets Required

If you ride your bike to work, remember to wear a bike helmet. According to the Lab’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety policy, cyclists must wear a protective helmet when riding their bikes anywhere on Lab property. Go here for more information about bike safety at the Lab. The Lab also asks that motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians as well as bicyclists remember to share the road.

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Avalos Wins Safety Contest With ‘Staying Alert on Lab Roadways’ Graphic

Of the 14 “Share the Road” Safety Image Contest entries, Wendy Avalos’ illustration, which pictures the many unpredictable users of roads at the Lab, was selected by employee voters as the winner of the $100 prize. Read more about her inspiration for the winning image and her experience using multiple commute modes to get to work each day.

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Two Tips for Home Safety

First, minimize the storage of household hazardous materials; and second, use safer alternatives to common household chemicals. If you have hazardous materials that you would like to dispose of, go here for a list of Bay Area drop-off locations near you and resources for safer alternatives to common household chemicals.

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