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Did you know that over 2000 students, teachers and other members of the public visit the Lab each year? Workforce Development & Education hosts many of these guests on site to share the Lab’s work, as well as to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our largest program, Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Sciences (BLAZES), brings 5th grade classes (10-11 year olds) on site to learn about properties of matter.  Students engage in hands-on activities led by Lab Employee volunteers as well as tour the Advanced Light Source. The BLAZES program runs October through May. Safety is at the forefront of all these visits and starts even before visitors step foot on site. More >


In response to recent electrical work accidents at Berkeley Lab, a lot of energy has gone into developing a new Electrical Safety Program that affects primarily the work performed by trained qualified electrical workers. But what about the rest of us who do not work closely with electrical equipment - what can we do to keep electrical accidents and fires resulting from faulty electrical equipment from happening? More >
How does starting a departmental conversation on ergonomics turn into a $50 prize? In Jack Krous’s case, his division business manager gave the LBNL IT professional a Hero Card because of his proactive problem solving approach related to ergonomics. The benefit to the department was having a conversation on a wider scale to raise awareness about preventing and alleviating repetitive stress injuries. The benefit to Jack - who promptly registered the Hero Card - was that it made him eligible to win the raffle. Jack was one of two winners in the second quarter drawing. More >
This quarter’s lucky safety heroes – Advanced Light Source Designer Adrian Spucces and Environmental Specialist John Jeliniski – were awarded $50 each for having been selected at random from among the Hero Card recipients who registered their card in the past three quarters.  More >


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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