Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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.

Building 67 Update

Portions of Building 67 (Molecular Foundry) were reopened in stages on Thursday. Aug. 9, as Foundry and Lab EHS teams performed walkthrough inspections to identify potential remaining hazards. Water damage was found to be minimal. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Building 67 had resumed normal operations except for restrictions in specific labs and offices. More>

Thanks for Participating in Yesterday’s Personnel Accountability Drill

Thursday’s personnel accountability drill resulted in the best-ever response rate for the Lab, according to Lab Emergency Manager Tonya Petty. Following text, email, and phone prompts from the LabAlert system, more than 96 percent of the Lab population indicated their work statuses and whether they were on the Lab site or offsite. More>

East Bay Regional Park District Fire Restrictions

The California wildfires are increasing focus on fire potential – even in urban areas. The East Bay Regional Park District has issued a fire warning. At the Lab, smoke only in designated areas, and make sure all smoking material is fully extinguished. If you are doing any hot work, be sure to get the proper permits.

Status Update on Building 67

Building 67 remained closed this morning as clean up and re-establishment of building systems continued. Portions of the building may open during the day today. Personnel working in the building should contact their managers for instructions. All other buildings in the area have resumed normal operations. All gates, roads, and shuttle buses have resumed normal operations. See previous announcements here.

Aug. 8 Evacuation of Bldg. 67 Complex

August 10 Update Portions of Building 67 (Molecular Foundry) were reopened in stages on Thursday as Foundry and Lab EHS … More»

Personnel Accountability Drill on Aug. 9

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, all Lab employees, affiliates, and contractors will receive text and email messages, followed by a phone call, from the LabAlert system. Staff are asked to reply to at least one of these messages with their status and whereabouts. The system will continue to notify staff until their status is confirmed. Go here to register for LabAlert. More>

Aug. 14 Presentation on Wildland Fire Safety

Deputy Director for Operations Michael Brandt will facilitate a discussion with Lab Fire Marshall Todd LaBerge, Senior Fire Protection Engineer Nick Bartlett, and Tonya Petty of Emergency Services on wildland fire risks. The presentation –  from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium – will include updates on measures that are being taken to make the Lab safer and more responsive to a wildland fire event. Poster>

Today’s Fire Safety Presentation Postponed

The fire safety presentation originally planned for today, July 24, has been postponed. The rescheduled talk, to take place on August 14, will be led by Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations Michael Brandt and will be live streamed. Watch TABL for details.