Today at Berkeley Lab

Recent Mountain Lion Sighting Near Lawrence Hall of Science

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at approximately 6:32 p.m., UCPD received a report of a mountain lion sighting at Lawrence Hall of Science near Berkeley Lab’s fence line. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information. Additional information about wildlife sightings can be found in the Berkeley Lab Emergency Guide.

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Lab Submits Variance to Move From Fed/OSHA to Cal/OSHA

The Lab will submit an application to the Department of Energy to use the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) safety standards rather than Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Fed/OSHA). The Lab’s current safety program also follows the Code of Federal Regulations 851, which is unique to the Department of Energy labs. More>

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MSD’s Rosemary Williams Awarded Safety Hero Prize

Rosemary Williams — an administrative assistant in the Materials Sciences Division — is a recent recipient of Berkeley Lab’s quarterly “Safety Hero” $50 raffle prize for helping to prevent injuries in her office area. More>

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Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of an Earthquake on the Hill

Given the Lab’s unique challenges as a scientific facility located in the midst of an urban environment, earthquake preparation requires extra planning and preparation. To help address potential fall-out from an earthquake, the Lab has three programs in place: a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and Damage Assessment Team (DAT), which ensures lab operations and systems can be assessed and recovered. There are also has six disaster containers (one in each zone) throughout the campus, which are filled with water, food, and medical supplies. More>

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FEMA to Test Public Alert and Warning System Today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. and Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 11:20 a.m. today. The WEA test will be sent to cell phones connected to participating providers. The EAS is a warning system that allows the president to address the nation during a national emergency via radio and television broadcasts. More>

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Mountain Lion Sighted Last Night Near Building 88

A mountain lion sighting in the vicinity of Building 88 was reported on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Lab staff are encouraged to review this safety information. Additional information about wildlife sightings can be found in the Berkeley Lab Emergency Guide.

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Lab to Participate in Annual ShakeOut Drill on Oct. 18

On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:15 a.m., more than 13 million people worldwide will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. The Lab will participate by enacting a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill followed by evacuations to designated assembly areas. More>

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Lab Shuttle and Skateboarder Collide on Sept. 12

According to Berkeley police, on Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, a man on a skateboard collided with a Berkeley Lab shuttle bus in Downtown Berkeley. The individual was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries. The Lab’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety policy offers ways to stay safe while walking, cycling, and driving at Berkeley Lab.

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Be Prepared, Stay Safe in the Event of Wildfire on the Hill

Given the Lab’s location and variabilities in wind speed and direction, there is no one-size-fits-all plan in the event of a wildfire, says Lab Fire Marshal Todd LaBerge. Instead, he stresses being prepared and knowing what the Lab has set in place to protect employees. Evacuating may be your first instinct, says LaBerge, but it’s likely staying put would be a safer idea. Learn more in the first in our series of articles on how to stay safe during Lab emergencies. More>

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Video of Wildland Fire Safety Presentation Now Available

On Aug. 14, Deputy Director for Operations Michael Brandt facilitated a discussion with Lab Fire Marshall Todd LaBerge, Senior Fire Protection Engineer Nick Bartlett, and Tonya Petty of Emergency Management on wildland fire risks. The presentation included updates on measures that are being taken to make the Lab safer and more responsive to a wildland fire event.

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