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December 16, 2008
    Water that Christmas Tree!
If you are enjoying a Christmas tree as part of your holiday celebrations, providing the tree with plenty of water can help reduce the risk of a dangerous, fast-burning fire.

December 9, 2008
    San Mateo County Inspector Impressed with Improvement
The report arrived last week with positive marks across the board for the San Mateo County Environmental Health Division's annual inspection of hazardous waste and materials management at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

December 2, 2008
    Local Safety Committees
Did you know you have a Local Safety Committee looking out for your welfare? The committee includes three union members and three representatives of lab management.


November 25, 2008
    A SUNet ID Takes You Places
A Stanford University Network ID, or SUNet ID, identifies you as a member of the Stanford community.

November 18, 2008
    Quick and Healthy Groceries
The new National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute obesity guidelines suggest using a shopping list and keeping a well-stocked kitchen for quick, healthy meals.

November 11, 2008
    Safe Computing—Virus Protection
By now, almost everyone at the lab knows not to click on unexpected attachments received in e-mail messages, particularly those from unknown persons. However, it still happens. Here are some tips to keep your computer safe.

November 4, 2008
    Lab-wide Safety and Security Briefings Today
Please remember to attend one of the four Annual Safety and Security Briefings today in Panofsky Auditorium.


October 28, 2008
    Halloween Snack Tips for Healthy Teeth
Before you start munching on a snack, ask yourself what's in the food you've chosen.

October 14, 2008
    Black Tie: Optional; Helmet: Required
Riding a bicycle, moped or scooter to and around SLAC is a great way to save fuel. Wearing a helmet while you do so is a great way to protect your safety, and avoid a stop by SLAC security staff.

October 7, 2008
    Fall Protection
At SLAC, many situations require working high above the floor, beyond the reach of a ladder. Fall protection for this work may include a barrier or railing, but also typically involves a full-body harness, an anchor and a lanyard.


September 30, 2008
    Safe '08: BaBar Shield Wall
Piece by 16-ton piece, SLAC riggers and BaBar engineers dismantled a 27-foot high, 450-ton cement wall.

September 23, 2008
    Toxic Chemical Reduction: a SLAC Commitment
SLAC is implementing two key approaches to reduce the presence of toxic chemicals on site, as part of the Toxic and Hazardous Materials Reduction plan.

September 16, 2008
    911 versus 9-911
Over the past several weeks, the question of using 911, versus 9‑911, for life threatening emergencies has come up during safety meetings. Both numbers work.

September 9, 2008
    Focus on Safety '08
This year's Focus on Safety training sessions provided some very interesting insight into what SLAC employees consider to be significant accident and safety hazards.  

September 2, 2008
    Construction Zones
As you walk or drive around SLAC, you have undoubtedly seen the construction zones at the Linac Coherent Light Source site and on Loop Road between South Target Road and Building 33. 


August 26, 2008
    New Chemical Labels Service
If you work with chemicals, you know that unlabeled containers must be assumed to contain something nasty and hazardous. That's why SLAC policy requires labels on all containers. "No problem," you might think, "chemical products come labeled from the supplier." But what if you need to transfer chemicals to smaller or newer containers, or fill a squeeze bottle?

August 19, 2008
    Arm Yourself for Health with Vaccine Updates
As summer winds down, students from kindergarten to college are heading off to new schools, with lots of new people to meet—and new germs to catch. It’s a perfect time to start planning to protect your health.   

August 12, 2008
    Lanyard Hazard
ISEMS: It's not just for heavy equipment and high voltage. But party favors? Believe it. It's fast, easy, and could save life and limb.

August 5, 2008
    New Procedure for Government Vehicles and Equipment
Due to several mishaps and near misses throughout the General Services Administration and Department of Energy Fleet across the country, the following safety procedure is being implemented immediately.

August 1, 2008
    Safety Review: Feedback and Improvement
The fifth ISMS core function introduces quality control into the work planning process. Following this function, you apply experiences and lessons from earlier jobs to enhance work planning and further minimize risk of accident, illness or injury.


July 31, 2008
    Safety Review: Performing Work Within Controls
Performing work within the safety controls for a given job, task or activity is the fourth core function in the ISMS safe work cycle.

July 30, 2008
    Safety Review: Developing and Implementing Hazard Controls
Development and implementation of hazard controls for job activities is the third core function in the ISMS safe work cycle.

July 29, 2008
    Safety Review: Analyzing Hazards
Analyzing the potential hazards of a job, task or activity to be undertaken is the second core function in the ISMS safe work cycle. ''Analyzing" means first identifying and then evaluating the potential hazards associated with a job, task or activity. 

July 29, 2008
    Focus on Safety '08: Incident Notification & Prevention
Between July 28 and August 15, SLAC department leaders will conduct Focus on Safety sessions for all of their team members.

July 28, 2008
    Safety Review: Defining Scope
Defining the scope of a job, task or activity to be undertaken is the first Core Function in the ISMS safe work cycle. It's easy to follow this step by asking yourself "What do I want to do?"

July 25, 2008
    SLAC Safety Review
In August, the Department of Energy (DOE) will conduct a review of SLAC safety programs. As the first in a series of Integrated Safety and Environmental Management System refresher articles, this story describes the overall program and its five core functions and seven guiding principles.

July 22, 2008
    Grass Fire Burns Close to SLAC Linac
Yesterday, in SLAC Today, we ran an article announcing controls to reduce the probability of fire due to this year's unusually high fire risk. As fate would have it, we were immediately reminded of this risk.

July 21, 2008
    High Fire Risk and New Smoking Policy
Due to Northern California's extreme fire danger this year, the SLAC Chief Safety Officer today issued a new policy requiring that anyone who smokes on SLAC property do so in specifically designated areas. The policy also requires anyone barbequing on SLAC property to first obtain a Hot Work Permit. 

July 16, 2008
    New ES&H Policy and ALD Commitments to Safety
Last month, Lab Director Persis Drell signed a new Environmental, Safety, and Health Policy. At the same time, all six Associate Laboratory Directors (ALDs) signed individual Environment Safety and Health Commitments.

July 15, 2008
    Air Pollution's Effects
A growing number of Americans are sniffling and suffering with allergies and asthma.

July 8, 2008
    Heat Illness Advisory
With the thermometer approaching that 100 degree mark, Cal/OSHA is reminding all managers and supervisors to protect workers from heat illness.


June 24, 2008
    Reducing Workplace Injuries
According to an article about workplace injuries in a recent issue of the Supervisor's Guide to Employment Practices, researchers have found evidence that physically active people are less likely to suffer from the effects of job-related Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs).

June 17, 2008
    SLAC Partners with Stanford to Reduce Chemical Waste
Activities change, laboratories close and part of the aftermath is unneeded chemicals without a purpose.

June 10, 2008
    Safety During the Loop Road Closure
A section of the Loop Road between Buildings 40 and 137 is closed for the installation of new hot water and chilled water piping through mid-July.

June 10, 2008
    Beating the Heat
Summer is here and that means it's time to watch for symptoms of heat stress in the form of heat stroke, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat fatigue.

June 3, 2008
    National Safety Council Offers Free Online CPR and AED Training
Recognizing National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, the National Safety Council is offering free online CPR and AED training this week, June 1-7.


May 27, 2008
    New Control of Hazardous Energy Procedure
A recent assessment of SLAC's Control of Hazardous Energy (CoHE) Program (frequently referred to as "lock-out/tag-out") by the Office of Assurance found, among other things, that there are still personnel who lack a complete understanding of the hazards of equipment they service or maintain and that group lockout requirements are not always well understood.

May 20, 2008
    Sharing the Roads
Over the past few weeks, SLAC Security has received numerous safety complaints about vehicles driving in the bicycle lane when turning into the SLAC Main Gate from east-bound lanes of Sand Hill Road.

May 13, 2008
    Bicycle Safety Tips
With spring's longer days and better weather, more of us are clipping on our helmets and hopping onto our bikes.

May 6, 2008
    It's Easy Being Green
SLAC became a little greener on Thursday when its janitorial vendor replaced many of their cleaning supplies with more environmentally friendly alternatives.


April 22, 2008
    Learn How to Lower Your Cancer Risk
Do you know people who have smoked their whole lives and thrived well into old age without any sign of lung cancer?

April 15, 2008
    Legacy, Abandoned or Hazardous Materials
During a recent building cleanup and inspection several hazardous and low-level radioactive items were discovered.

April 8, 2008
    Let's Talk About Stroke
Several years ago, Palo Alto resident Bob Parsons awoke from a nap onboard a flight from Taiwan feeling dazed.

April 1, 2008
    The Ticks are Out and They are Hungry
It is once again tick season, and those who venture into the field should beware.


March 25, 2008
    Computer Vision Syndrome
When you look into the distance your eyes are relatively relaxed. When you focus on something nearby, your eye muscles get a work out.

March 18, 2008
    ES&H Service Requests and the Reporting of Safety Issues
The Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) division recently reviewed the way it handles service requests and safety issue reporting.

March 11, 2008
    It's Time to Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries
Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder for people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

March 11, 2008
    SHALA Interpretation Workshop to be Held Today at SLAC
In January, Stanford launched a new three-step faculty and staff program that offers incentives for learning about fitness.

March 4, 2008
    Staying Healthy as the Weather Changes
It seems like the Bay Area has seen more than its fair share of people sick with pneumonia this year. Even as the weather changes, it's important to consider ways to keep viruses at bay.


February 26, 2008
    What You Need to Know About Stroke
Each year in the United States, there are more than 700,000 strokes.

February 19, 2008
    Laptop Ergonomic and Heat Safety
Although extremely convenient, laptop computers can cause ergonomic problems and sometimes generate too much heat.

February 12, 2008
    Safety Stars
Five-star rating scales are popular among food critics, movie reviewers and now, construction sites. A group of about 100 construction workers were recognized for following proper safety techniques last week.

February 5, 2008
    Changes to SLAC's Radiation Safety Policy
SLAC has made several important changes to its Radiation Protection Program.


January 24, 2008
    SAFE07 Recognition
Persis Drell, Department of Energy Site Office Manager Paul Golan and members of the Directorate gathered in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby on Tuesday morning to honor those featured in the SAFE07 campaign.

January 22, 2008
    PCD is PCB Free
Recently, SLAC took yet another step toward becoming a greener and safer laboratory.

January 15, 2008
    Lack of Sleep Disrupts Emotional Controls
Most of us know that sleepless nights can unhinge your emotions. Now scientists have a better idea of why this happens.

January 14, 2008
    Safety-Compliant Subcontractors List Now Online
The SLAC Purchasing Department recently posted the ES&H Safety-Compliant Subcontractors List to its website.

January 8, 2008
    SLAC Emergency Response Team Needs Volunteers
The chance of a major earthquake somewhere in the greater San Francisco Bay Area in the next 30 years is now estimated to be greater than 70%. Immediately following such a devastating event, professional assistance will be shorthanded and trained volunteers will be essential to help SLAC manage the immediate aftermath.

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