Today at Berkeley Lab

Work Safe on Hot Summer Days

When temperatures rise, employees should plan outdoor work in cooler hours, limit the time in direct sunlight, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, and protect themselves from sun exposure. At the onset of a heat-related condition (heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, x6999. Go here for more information or contact Julie Zhu (x6871).

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JGI’s 11th Annual Safety & Wellness Fair on May 17

The fair, sponsored by the Joint Genome Institute, takes place Wednesday, May 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the JGI Courtyard in Walnut Creek. The event features information, activities, and resources from 30 exhibitors representing Berkeley Lab, JGI, and neighboring Walnut Creek businesses. Direct any questions to JGI Safety & Wellness (SWELL) head Christine Naca.

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Vote for Your Favorite Roadway Safety Contest Entry

Lab employees contributed many original images inspired by the theme “Share the Road” to remind our community to take care as we travel around the Lab and beyond. Check out the entries and consider their important message. Vote for your favorite here before May 17.

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Facilities to Host Fall Hazards Safety Stand-Down

From May 8 to 12, the Facilities Division will participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The Stand-Down focuses on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention. Other divisions are invited to participate. Contact Kevin Goodwin at ext. 5176 or kegoodwin@lbl.gov. More information is available here.

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Get $50 Award for Entering Roadway Safety Contest; Deadline is April 20

Submit images that embody the “Share the Road” spirit at the Lab, including pedestrians, wheelchairs, bikes, wildlife, motorcycles, shuttles, trucks, GEMs, construction crews, or cars. Qualifying entries get a $50 award, with a $100 award for the winner. All entries will be displayed at the April 27 Safety, Security and Sustainability Fair and the May 17 JGI Safety and Wellness Fair. More>

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Protocol for Dialing 911

When dialing 911 from a Lab phone, callers will not reach the fire department. They will instead be connected to the UC Dispatch Center, which transfers calls related to medical, fire, or hazmat incidents to the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center. Don’t hang up during transfer. Calling 911 from a cell phone will connect you with a local 911 dispatcher. More>

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Submissions Open for Roadway Safety Image Contest

Staff can submit images that embody the “Share the Road” spirit at the Lab, including pedestrians, wheelchairs, bikes, wildlife, motorcycles, shuttles, trucks, GEMs, construction crews, cars, etc. Qualifying entries will be displayed at the Safety, Security and Sustainability Fair on April 27 and the JGI Safety and Wellness Fair on May 17. The winner will receive a $100 award. More>

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New Bike Shuttle Express Stop by Grizzly Gate…A Traffic ‘Heads Up’

The bike shuttle — a quick, convenient, and safe option for bike commuters — makes four runs during morning peak hours and stops only at Building 69, which makes it easy for cyclists to get anywhere at the Lab because it’s all downhill from there. Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists should exercise caution in this area, particularly near Grizzly Gate and Buildings 69, 75, and 76. More>

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Safety Reminder: Wet Weather Means Watch Your Step

The Lab’s terrain always presents challenges, and is particularly slippery in wet weather. Employees are reminded to walk mindfully, hold onto handrails, and pocket their phones to prevent accidents and injury. This “Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention” video shows on-site footage of hazards and how to avoid them.

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Protective Services reminds staff to change the batteries in their home smoke alarms when they change their clocks. Also, smoke alarms should be tested once a month. Any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old needs to be replaced. More>

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