Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Facilities to Host Fall Hazards Safety Stand-Down May 7-11

From May 7 through May 11, 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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CERT Emergency Training Class Offered in May

If a disaster strikes, will you be prepared? The Lab’s Emergency Management group will host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in May. CERT training teaches disaster response skills such as preparedness, small fire suppression, medical triage and treatment, and light search and rescue. More>

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Wednesday’s ‘Personnel Accountability’ Drill Explained

As part of a DOE-requested drill, Lab staff received texts, phone calls, or emails on April 18 asking them to confirm their location. In the event of an actual emergency, this “personnel accountability” information helps first responders initiate their efforts promptly. It also aids in identifying the location of emergency and critical personnel to ensure essential functions can continue. About 66 percent of staff responded. More>

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New 15 MPH Speed Limit Instituted for All Lab Roadways

In response to increased bicycle accidents and near misses involving vehicles, a 15 mph speed limit has been established for all roadways within the Lab. The new speed limit eliminates prior speed limits that ranged between 15 and 25 mph. Signage with the new speed limit has been installed throughout the Lab. The new 15 mph speed limit applies to all vehicles and bicycles.

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Five Bicycle-Related Crashes at the Lab in the Last Six Months

The incidents took place between November 2017 and March 2018, with some resulting in serious injuries, including broken bones and concussions. It is critically important that all who share the road exercise caution for their own safety and the safety of others. Go here for tips on how drivers and cyclists can decrease roadway hazards.

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Mountain Lion Recently Spotted Near South Campus Area

A mountain lion ventured onto UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus early on April 4, authorities report. A UC employee saw the lion just after 3:30 a.m. while walking through the campus, according to a notice from the UC Police Department. Go here to view safety tips regarding mountain lions.

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Vehicle Safety Begins With the Rubber That Meets the Road

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 9 percent of vehicle crashes are tire-related. Go here to learn some simple car tire safety tips.

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