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December 18, 2009
    The Winter Shutdown
From 6 p.m. on Friday, December 18, until 6 a.m. on Monday, January 4, the lab will be in full Winter Shutdown mode.

December 17, 2009
    December Fire Safety Tips
Covering Christmas trees, lights, candles and more, the SLAC Fire Marshal's Office has put together a handy set of tips for holiday fire safety.

December 15, 2009
    Medical Care during the Shutdown
The SLAC Medical Department is closed during the holiday shutdown. As usual, if you have a serious injury or other emergency, either you or the reporting party should call 911 and then call SLAC Site Security (x5555).

December 10, 2009
    Can SLAC Reach You in an Emergency?
As of today SLAC employees can enter their mobile contact information into the AlertSU emergency notification system via the SLAC Phone Directory Web page. Up to three phone numbers and one e-mail address can be tagged for use by the AlertSU system.

December 8, 2009
    Winter Break Phone Shutdown: Does Your ALD Know Where You'll Be?
Calling all SLACers: Access to the SLAC site will be limited during the winter shutdown, December 18 through January 3, due to scheduled maintenance projects including needed upgrades to the lab's central phone system on December 26 and 27.

December 1, 2009
    SLAC Safety Note: Five H1N1 Myths—Busted
For anyone worried about contracting H1N1 "swine" flu from a holiday pork roast, or planning immune system arms escalation via an H1N1 "flu party," the Mythbusters have an answer.


November 23, 2009
    SAFE '09: SLAC and Contractors—Success through Sharing Safety Cultures
A good integrated safety program is always improving. As new projects and new challenges arise, the safety program must grow to meet them. When general contractors Rudolph and Sletten came to SLAC to work on two construction sites for the Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC team members were challenged to combine two cultures of safety into one effective plan.

November 18, 2009
    People: Ian Evans Champions User Safety
He's back! Environment, Safety & Health Program Manager Ian Evans has returned to SLAC after three years developing the user safety program at the Spallation Neutron Science and High Flux Isotope Reactor research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. His duties at his new position will include continuing to develop a user safety program at the Linac Coherent Light Source, updating SSRL's user program, and integrating the two.

November 13, 2009
    Pandemic Influenza Information at SLAC
Looking for an information resource this flu season? SLAC has set up a Pandemic Influenza Information page for employees.

November 5, 2009
    Two LCLS Construction Projects Celebrate '100 Safe Days' Milestones
Construction workers at the Linac Coherent Light Source Far Experimental Hall reached their 100th consecutive safe day yesterday, November 4, meaning that there have been no accidents, mishaps or injuries since the project started in June. In September, colleagues celebrated a similar safe 100 days milestone for construction work on the new LCLS office building, with a barbeque lunch.


October 29, 2009
    Reminder: All-Hands Safety and Security Briefing Thursday, October 29
Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend the Annual Safety and Security Briefing for safety and security information and SLAC giveaways such as SLAC flashlights. Please fill out the online survey after the fair.

October 21, 2009
    Reminder: All-Hands Safety and Security Briefings Today
Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend the Annual Safety and Security Briefing on October 29.

October 13, 2009
    Around SLAC: Fire Safety
Fifteen SLAC employees received hands-on training last Tuesday, September 29, in fire extinguisher use. The Environment, Safety and Health course is mandatory for SLAC employees who perform work with increased risk of fire such as welding, metal cutting and heating.

October 6, 2009
    Safety at a Glance: The ES&H Dashboard
SLAC's Environment, Safety and Health Division has developed a new tool so that lab staff can quickly gauge the health of SLAC ES&H performance: the ES&H Dashboard.


September 23, 2009
    Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations Available This Week
Although H1N1 vaccinations are not yet available, the SLAC Medical Department now has the vaccine for seasonal flu.

September 21, 2009
    H1N1 Influenza: What Is It and How Do I Protect Myself?
With the beginning of fall and the start of school, it's time to prepare for flu season. This year, the new strain of influenza virus H1N1, formerly called "swine flu," deserves added caution.

September 10, 2009
    Chemical Purchase Reviews Updated
SLAC is implementing a new Environment, Safety & Health Division review process for the addition of new chemicals to the Haas tcmIS chemical catalog. The new process will help to ensure that appropriate controls are identified and are in place prior to the delivery of the ordered chemical.

September 2, 2009
    New Web-based Training Courses Online
Two important new training tools are now available from the Environment, Safety & Health Division Training group.


August 28, 2009
    A Dark Matter Simulation: Drill Puts SLAC Emergency Response to the Test
Thursday's disaster exercise, dubbed "Dark Matter 2009," tested a broad complement of SLAC and local emergency response personnel and systems through a somber scenario.

August 25, 2009
    SLAC to Test New Emergency Response System Thursday
This Thursday, August 27, from 7:30 a.m. until noon, SLAC will conduct the first exercise of its new Emergency Response Organization, or ERO.

August 11, 2009
    Can SLAC Reach You in Emergency?
As of today, SLAC subcontractors, students and visiting scientists can enter their emergency contact information into the AlertSU system via the SLAC Phone Directory Web page.

August 11, 2009
    "Phishing" Scam Provides a Good Reminder about Computer Security
On Monday, August 3 many users at SLAC began receiving emails from "Microsoft" through their SLAC e-mail addresses (as well as campus e-mail addresses, if applicable) about a critical update to Windows.


July 31, 2009
    LCLS Office Building Groundbreaking: New Hours for Alpine Gate
Starting August 3, the Facilities Engineering and Construction Department will be breaking ground for the new Linac Coherent Light Source office building, Building 901.

July 30, 2009
    Wanted: Your Input for SLAC Medical Department Survey
The SLAC Medical Department is very much interested in employee opinion about the quality of our services.

July 21, 2009
    Avoiding Heat Stress
Whether working at home or here at SLAC, be aware of the potential for heat-related illness, especially when working for extended periods in the sun or any hot environment. To be prepared for the hot summer weather, know what to look for and how to protect yourself, your co-workers and your family.

July 14, 2009
    An Excellent Safety Trend
Good news from the SLAC safety team: The quarter ending June 30 is the first since December 2003 without a single "recordable" injury-that is, a work-related injury serious enough to require treatment beyond first aid.


June 30, 2009
    Dosimeter FAQ
Although radiation levels are low at most SLAC locations, we measure personnel radiation doses to ensure that dose levels are "As Low As Reasonably Achievable"—ALARA—and keep records that are required by the Department of Energy.

June 22, 2009
    Caution at Sand Hill and Saga
No matter how often you've traveled through SLAC's front gate, please take extra care—whether coming or going.

June 16, 2009
    Two Solid Yellow Lines Mean No Passing
While driving around the Loop Road, have you ever come upon a large piece of machinery moving slowly? Just when you are running late?

June 9, 2009
    Watch Out for That Tr...
A surprising number of accidents, particularly between backing vehicles and stationary objects, have taken place around SLAC lately.

June 2, 2009
    Bike Helmets—Beyond de Rigueur
A helmet is required while cycling on SLAC grounds, but more than that, please consider its potential to save your noggin.


May 21, 2009
    Cyber Security Basics Training Deadline July 2
If you have a SLAC computer account, the course Cyber Security Basics – CS101 is required training and is now included in your SLAC Training Assessment.

May 19, 2009
    Reminder: Watch That Laptop! Part 2 of 2: Travel Requirements
If you are taking your laptop off-site for official use—whether taking it home each day or to a conference or seminar—special requirements apply.

May 12, 2009
    Reminder: Watch That Laptop! Part 1 of 2: Protecting Government Equipment
Unfortunately, the portability that makes laptops so useful also makes them attractive to thieves. SLAC Security and Property Management have compiled a set of reminders for all SLAC staff who use a laptop computer or other mobile data device.

May 6, 2009
    SAFE09: Out in the Field with the Site Office Safety Team
A pair of steel-toed boots and a hard hat are always within arm's reach, for members of the Environment, Safety and Health and Facility Operations Team at the Stanford Site Office.


April 28, 2009
    Caution Advised Regarding Swine Flu Outbreak
National Public Radio this morning reported that there have been 50 cases of swine flu in the United States, with no fatalities. Thirteen of the cases were reported in California, most in San Diego, with three in Northern California—all at one Sacramento school. As of yesterday, no Stanford faculty, staff or students had reported symptoms of concern. Stanford officials are advising students, faculty and staff to avoid travel to Mexico.

April 22, 2009
    Earth Day Events Today
Today is Earth Day 2009. Special events at SLAC will highlight the Department of Energy theme, "New Energy for America." Join the celebration and consider ways to make your energy use leaner, cleaner and more independent of foreign oil.

April 21, 2009
    Wellness Fair on Campus Next Wednesday
Next Wednesday, April 29, BeWell @Stanford will sponsor the university's fifth annual Wellness Fair.

April 16, 2009
    Next Wednesday Is Earth Day
SLAC will celebrate Earth Day in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. next Wednesday.

April 13, 2009
    Biodegradable Café
At SLAC's Linear Café, a potato doesn't just go on your fork. It is your fork.
    Work Planning and Control: "Green" Work Release Procedure Updated
Based on input from several people in the field, the procedure to have green-category work released in non-office areas has been updated to better meet the intent of allowing green work to take place without compromising safety or operations.
    Green Computers Land Bronze Award in Electronics Challenge
A year of buying greener computers won SLAC a bronze-level award in the annual Federal Electronics Challenge, an initiative to promote environmentally-conscious purchasing, use and disposal of common office electronics by U.S. government agencies and facilities.

April 2, 2009
    Required Computer Security Training Now Online
If you have a SLAC computing account, including Windows, Linux/Unix/Solaris or VMS account used to access SLAC information resources, you are required to take a computer security awareness course yearly. The course, Cyber Security Basics, is now available through the SLAC Training portal.


March 25, 2009
    Activity and Training Authorization to Replace the JHAM
As part of ongoing improvements to SLAC work planning and control processes, an Activity and Training Authorization will be required for much of SLAC staff starting July 1, 2009.

March 19, 2009
    Workplace Violence Prevention Workshop Offered Tuesday
Dr. Stephen White, President of Work Trauma Services, will help participants to recognize the warning signs of potential violence and provide practical information on what and how to report in cases of actual or threatened violence.

March 4, 2009
    Where's the Fire?
SLACers may have noticed an increase in fire engine traffic on site yesterday, as firefighters from Palo Alto, Woodside and Menlo Park stations arrived to take an emergency response orientation tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source.


February 17, 2009
    SLAC Tunes In to Amateur Radio
Facilities Instrumentation Technician Ron Badger and Assistant Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Lance Lougée are seeking radio enthusiasts and curious newcomers to help restart the SLAC Radio Service Organization.

February 12, 2009
    Peanuts and Salmonella Info Online
Wondering whether that jar of peanut butter in your pantry is safe? Web resources from the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help.

February 10, 2009
    Earthquake Simulation Boosts Readiness for the Unexpected
Last Thursday a crew of about 20 SLAC volunteers and emergency personnel participated in a University-wide emergency drill, along with volunteers on Stanford's main campus, to practice response protocols after an imaginary 6.9 magnitude earthquake.

February 2, 2009
    Safe '09: Smooth Safety Integration
If setting up a 25-foot-high scaffold in an underground tunnel filled with expensive scientific equipment doesn't sound like carpentry, it's because SLAC Carpentry Shop staff are no ordinary carpenters.


January 23, 2009
    Lead Purchases: Old Policy, New Controls
SLAC is implementing a new control for the purchase of lead items such as bricks and sheet shielding.

January 14, 2009
    Stanford Offers BeWell Incentives
This month, Stanford renewed its dedication to a culture of wellness with the BeWell @ Stanford Employee Incentive Program, offering staff an opportunity to earn up to $250 in wellness rewards.

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