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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.
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
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.
A SUNet ID Takes You Places
A Stanford University Network ID, or SUNet ID, identifies you as a member of the Stanford community.
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.
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.
Lab-wide Safety and Security Briefings Today
Please remember to attend one of the four Annual Safety and Security Briefings
today in Panofsky Auditorium.
Halloween Snack Tips for Healthy Teeth
Before you start munching on a snack, ask yourself what's in the food you've chosen.
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.
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.
Safe '08: BaBar Shield Wall
Piece by 16-ton piece, SLAC riggers and BaBar engineers dismantled a 27-foot high, 450-ton cement wall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Grass Fire Burns Close to SLAC Linac
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.
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.
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.
Air Pollution's Effects
A growing number of Americans are sniffling and suffering with allergies and asthma.
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.
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).
SLAC Partners with Stanford to Reduce Chemical Waste
Activities change, laboratories close and part of the aftermath is unneeded chemicals without a purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bicycle Safety Tips
With spring's longer days and better weather, more of us are clipping on our helmets and hopping onto our bikes.
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.
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?
Legacy, Abandoned or Hazardous Materials
During a recent building cleanup and inspection several hazardous and low-level radioactive items were discovered.
Let's Talk About Stroke
Several years ago, Palo Alto resident Bob Parsons awoke from a nap onboard a flight from Taiwan feeling dazed.
The Ticks are Out and They are Hungry
It is once again tick season, and those who venture into the field should beware.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Stroke
Each year in the United States, there are more than 700,000 strokes.
and Heat Safety
Although extremely convenient, laptop computers can cause ergonomic problems and sometimes generate too much heat.
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.
Changes to SLAC's Radiation Safety Policy
SLAC has made several important changes to its Radiation Protection Program.
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.
PCD is PCB Free
Recently, SLAC took yet another step toward becoming a greener and safer laboratory.
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.
Safety-Compliant Subcontractors List
The SLAC Purchasing Department recently posted the ES&H Safety-Compliant Subcontractors List to its website.
SLAC Emergency Response Team
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.