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Microwave Oven Safety Tips
Practically everyone at the lab uses a microwave oven to heat something – maybe lunch or snack in the common kitchen, or perhaps a liquid or media in a dedicated laboratory microwave. Several times a day even, we place a container in the microwave, press a few buttons and presto – it’s done! What could go wrong with something that simple? More>




Jeffrey Takakuwa, mechanical engineer in the Engineering Division and one of this quarter’s lucky Hero Card raffle winners, received a $50 prize for his good deed of spreading the word about two valuable resources offered to LBNL employees through UC Berkeley University Health Services - the Be Well at Work Employee Assistance and Elder Care Programs. More>
Every year since the inception of the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement by Dr. Alivisatos in 2011, the Berkeley Lab director has had the opportunity to personally recognize the experts who are making a world of difference in a broad range of categories. In anticipation of new nominations, the Safety Culture Work Group would like to foreground the outstanding contributions to Berkeley Lab’s safety culture of past recipients of the Director’s Award for Safety. More>
Michael ConnollyNewest Hero Card raffle winner Michael Connolly, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the Materials Science Division, is a super hero when it comes to spreading safety culture to the diverse users that conduct work at the Molecular Foundry. “At Berkeley Lab we emphasize safety – which may be a new perspective for some visiting researchers – so our staff makes every effort to convey the safe work practices that have evolved as the science grows,” he observed when asked about the Foundry’s safety culture. 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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