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With the rainy season upon us and shortened daylight hours, here are a few friendly safety reminders...

 

Pedestrian injuries due to trips and falls are on the rise at the Lab and worldwide. To improve safety, Honolulu is now fining people for viewing their smart phones while crossing the street. Amsterdam has embedded LED-illuminated strips in crosswalks. At the Lab, chalk stencils remind staff to Walk Mindfully, Pocket Your Phone, and Hold the Rail.

 Of the 14 “Share the Road” Safety Image Contest entries, Wendy Avalos’ illustration, which pictures the many unpredictable road users at Berkeley Lab, was selected by employee voters as the winner of the $100 prize. Read more about Wendi’s inspiration for the winning image and her experience using multiple commute modes to get to work at Berkeley Lab.
In February 2017, a new Bike Shuttle Express was added to the Lab’s shuttle fleet to make things quicker, easier, and safer for bicycle commuters. The Express, which can carry up to 14 bikes and 14 passengers, makes four runs during the morning peak hours - from the Crescent off Oxford St at the Cal Campus to Building 69  near Grizzly Gate (see map)  – a location that makes it easy for cyclists to get anywhere because it’s all downhill from there.    More>

Perspectives

For ATAP Division Director Wim Leemans, listening to firsthand accounts of accidents and near-misses “is more powerful than any lessons learned that you get in an e-mail.”

For example, he says, two of his Lab workers shared experiences from previous jobs in industry, where, Leemans says, “laser safety standards were lower than what we have.” Both employees had suffered eye injuries from lasers. Among their details shared with Berkeley Lab coworkers:  When you are struck in the eye with a laser, your vision turns red due to popped blood vessels.

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