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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 >

 

Recent changes at some locations at the main Berkeley Lab site are helping make it safer for our bicycling employees. The Lab has its first official bike lane!  In addition, “sharrows” (a bicycle with arrows pointing forward) have been painted on many downhill lanes across the site to alert motorists of locations where bicycles may share the roadway. These are great milestones that improve road safety and show a commitment to encouraging alternative means of commuting to work. In this case, human power! More >
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. 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 specialized electrical equipment - what can we do to keep electrical accidents and fires resulting from ordinary but faulty electrical equipment from happening? More >

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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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