All employees who come to a Lab site need to be vaccinated against influenza. Employees working on site can confirm they are vaccinated in the Lab’s Occupational Health Record system (OHR). Employees who have badged into a Lab site in the last 30 days were sent an instructional email from the Occupational Health Record […]
Daylight Savings Time has ended, which means it’s time to fall back again! Although we gained an hour of sleep, it now gets dark earlier and we have to consider nighttime safety, especially when navigating the roads and pathways at the Lab. More of the afternoon commute will be in the dusk or dark. According […]
Flu vaccine clinics will be available on select dates at Health Services (B26) or Potter St. (B977). Flu vaccine is limited to only those employees, including any retirees, already working onsite. Registration is required. See the online portal for details, consent forms, and to register. Additional dates in November have been added (November 9, 11, […]
New COVID Safety Protocols The new COVID safety protocol protects ALL workers at the Lab and allows those who need to work onsite more access. The Lab does not require you to be vaccinated. Instead, we are asking that you declare your vaccine status so that we may require the proper COVID safety protocol to keep you […]
April is Stress Awareness and Alcohol Awareness Month. Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), excessive drinking on a single occasion (known as […]
Health Services will be closed for walk-in appointments on: Monday, March 1 Thursday, March 4 Please call extension: 6466 to schedule an appointment.
As part of the recent Chemical Reduction Project that identified no longer needed chemicals for disposal, the Lab Waste Management team will be working with a specialized vendor to treat the identified chemicals on site this weekend. After this step, the chemicals will be stored at the Lab’s permitted hazardous waste handling facility, with subsequent […]
Workrite, an external vendor, is offering discounts to Lab employees for personal purchases of office equipment including sit/stand tables, lighting, and other items. These items are not reimbursable by the Lab. Click HERE for the flyer.
At Berkeley Lab, we operate in a complex environment full of expensive equipment, delicate research, and many potential hazards. Some of the most underrated hazards involve utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. Our current shelter in place environment increases the threat of unattended equipment failure. For example, recently, a connection failure between a piece […]
As more of us return to work environments at the Lab, we’re discovering equipment that needs service or repair. These needs, along with ongoing maintenance and construction work, plus potential Public Safety Power Shutdowns, have increased demand on the Lab’s pool of Qualified Electrical Workers (QEW). Why would equipment repair by an outside technician cause […]
A new state law, Senate Bill 1159, requires that the Lab reports to the state all cases of employees who have been on-site and tested positive for COVID-19. The Lab is not required to report any cases of a teleworker who tests positive for COVID-19 who has not come on-site, however, the Lab strongly urges […]
UC Walks is an annual System-wide Well Being Initiative that is coordinated by the wellness program at each campus and health system. UC Walks promotes wellness and an active lifestyle by encouraging faculty, staff, and retirees to complete 30 minutes of activity (walking, running, hiking, stair work, dancing, biking, etc.). The annual event took place […]
Employees who work from home do not universally own furniture that provides the level of ergonomic adjustability to meet that provided at the Lab. Background: Some employees who are working from home in response to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place situation may need furniture to address discomfort and/or work accommodation. Scope: This guidance applies to furniture during […]
All employees should obtain their ergo items and monitor from their offices (with supervisor permission) and/or purchase allowable items that can be delivered to their homes. Procurement guidance is available. When using laptops, it is best to use a set up that includes a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The reason is that prolonged direct use […]
While the Lab is in safe and stable mode, orders for chemicals must be postponed unless essential to ongoing operations. Services such as shipping, receiving, and deliveries to buildings are limited, and delivered chemicals may remain unattended in the absence of staff to receive them. Please follow this Lab guidance on purchasing, ordering, and storing […]
Berkeley Lab recently completed a comprehensive chemical inventory, which provided valuable insights into line processes, best practices, and the general utility of the Lab’s Chemical Management System (CMS). It also became apparent there is a cost of not correctly managing chemicals throughout their lifecycle. A Chemical Lifecycle Management working group is reviewing the Lab’s chemical […]
February 29th is Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) Awareness Day because it is the only ‘nonrepetitive’ day of the year. Repetitive Stress Injuries are soft-tissue injuries that happen over time and can limit normal daily activities and cause persistent pain. RSI can affect the muscles, nerves and tendons of the neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, […]
Seminar Replay – Coronavirus: Myth vs. Science Watch the replay of Lab Medical Director Timur Durrani’s recent brown bag session on coronaviruses and what you can do to keep yourself, your family, and your colleagues healthy. Hear what to do when you are traveling, when you should stay home, and what the Lab is doing […]
Information on the Coronavirus (2019-nCov) can be found here.
Stay Well Tips: New Coronavirus Spreading From Asia The coronavirus that started in Asia has reached the United States and can spread rapidly since it is now known that the virus can spread from person to person. The virus started in Wuhan, China and has now appeared in several other countries. Passengers on flights coming […]