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There are 225 Hero Cards waiting in the wallets of participating Lab employees, and they are ready to hand one over to you on the spot. On the back of each card, recipients are asked to register its assigned number on the Hero Card Web site, hero.lbl.gov. After Paula and Sandra did so, they were each mailed one of the Lab’s “Safety is Elemental” lapel pins. Their registration also automatically enrolled them in a drawing for the two $50 prizes.

The National Research Council is beginning a yearlong analysis of what can be done to stop a rash of lab accidents on university campuses. In a relatively new approach, behavioral scientists will take part in the review. Link to article.
Developing an in-depth understanding of adverse events is “part of our collaborative approach” in striving for improvement in both safety and operational excellence. It is important to analyze why adverse incidents occurred.
Walk into an office at Berkeley Lab today, and chances are you’ll see some employees sitting or standing in front of desks they can raise or lower by the push of a button. Adjustable, back-friendly office chairs are commonplace. On computer screens that were carefully positioned with the help of an ergonomics consultant, it’s possible to call up charts that show a steady and gratifying decline in repetitive stress injuries.

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Employees at the Joint Genome Institute are the driving force behind the Walnut Creek user facility’s ever evolving and strengthening safety culture. Hear from several JGI team members about their team-based contributions. Watch.
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