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December 16, 2010
    Computer Security Cautions for the Holiday Season
The holiday season brings with it a uptick in e-mail phishing scams and malware campaigns.

December 9, 2010
    'Well Time' Opens Eight Hours of Sick Time for BeWell Activities
If you've been delaying signing up for the BeWell@Stanford program because you don't have the time, here's your chance. Beginning January 1, eligible full-time employees of Stanford University—including full-time staff at SLAC—will be able to use eight hours of accrued sick time per year to participate in the BeWell Employee Incentive Program.

December 2, 2010
    Please Don't Cross the Tape!
With construction happening near Buildings 50, 28, the Visitor Parking lot and more, please stay alert to changing conditions and especially safety barriers along your regular walking routes.


November 15, 2010
    FEC Awardees Gather for Celebratory Luncheon
On November 16, the Facilities Department will start work on a piping project in front of Building 50 (the Computer Center).

November 15, 2010
    Loop Road Closure Starts Tomorrow
Several members of the group credited with earning a bronze award for SLAC in the Federal Electronics Challenge gathered for a celebratory lunch last Tuesday.

November 3, 2010
    Your Feedback Counts for the SLAC Safety and Security Fair
SLAC's Environment, Safety and Health Division invites your feedback on the event to help with planning for next year. Please fill out the online evaluation to let ES&H know what worked and where we can improve.

November 3, 2010
    Safety and Security Fair 2010 Video Now Online
Even if you weren't able to attend Friday's Safety and Security Fair, you can still catch the useful tidbits of information (and even the occasional laugh) by watching a session online.

November 2, 2010
    Seen around SLAC: National Fire Protection Association Signs
Have you ever wondered what the colors and numbers on the diamond-shaped signs posted around SLAC might mean? These National Fire Protection Association panels warn emergency responders of the dangers posed by hazardous materials stored within that area.


October 29, 2010
    Reminder: All-Hands Safety and Security Fair Today
Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend one of three 70-minute sessions for the Annual Safety and Security Fair, held today in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium and also broadcast live in the Kavli Auditorium.

October 22, 2010
    All-hands Safety and Security Fair October 29
Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend the annual Safety and Security Fair on Friday, October 29.

October 25, 2010
    SSRL Reaches Seismic Upgrade Milestone
Structures at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource are bolstered against earthquakes, thanks to some hard work and funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 20, 2010
    Seen around SLAC: SWAT Exercises
This past weekend, SLAC experienced a steady stream of cammoflaged police officers through the Alpine Gate. The lab had an opportunity to play host to more than 30 SWAT teams during the 2010 Urban Shield competition.

October 15, 2010
    SLAC Green Electronics Efforts Garner Second Federal Award
A cross-lab team of volunteers took the Federal Electronics Challenge to improve SLAC's "green quotient" by implementing a program for more eco-friendly electronics purchases and disposal. The effort made SLAC one of 11 Department of Energy facilities to receive a 2010 FEC award.

October 13, 2010
    Earthquake Drill Provides Practice, Lessons
More than 25,000 people from SLAC and Stanford participated in last Thursday's earthquake drill. Organizers said that the overall execution of the exercise went well and that the "education opportunities were tremendous" for emergency planners and managers.

October 11, 2010
    SLAC Security Systems Upgrades to Prioritize Ease-of-Use
SLAC and the Department of Energy are partnering to bring improvements to the lab's security systems. The goal is twofold: improve lab security while prioritizing ease-of-use for SLAC staff and users.

October 7, 2010
    Reminder: Earthquake Drill Today
Sometime today during work hours, AlertSU/SLAC911 emergency voicemail, e-mail and text messages will go out, warning that the Stanford-wide earthquake drill is approximately 15 minutes away.

October 1, 2010
    SLAC911 Keeps You Informed
The upcoming evacuation exercise is a good reminder of the many ways to prepare for an emergency—such as signing up for SLAC911.


September 30, 2010
    University Health Services Come to SLAC
Tomorrow, SLAC welcomes physician Patrick O'Callahan, medical director of Stanford University's Occupational Health Center, as the new occupational medical director for the SLAC Medical Clinic.

September 23, 2010
    SLAC to Join University-wide Evacuation Drill October 7
Together with all of Stanford University, SLAC will run a lab-wide evacuation drill on October 7. During work hours that day, staff will be alerted to a mock "earthquake" and asked to briefly shelter in place, then gather at their building's emergency assembly point.

September 22, 2010
    Seasonal Flu Vaccine Coming in October
Free seasonal flu shots will be available to SLAC employees beginning in October.

September 22, 2010
    Seen Around SLAC: Fall Clean-up Continues
Early last Tuesday and Wednesday, seven dumpsters containing approximately 5000 concrete blocks—more than 200,000 pounds alltogether—were hauled away from the area known as the "Bone Yard," located on the north side of the Klystron Gallery between Sectors 12 and 14.

September 15, 2010
    SLAC Recycles Leftover Diesel
In a continued effort to clear out and recycle unused materials, especially any that might pose a risk, SLAC's Facilities and Environmental Safety & Health Divisions worked together to successfully drain a tank of old diesel fuel on August 17.

September 15, 2010
    Snakes on a Plain
And that plain is SLAC. The Facilities Division would like to caution personnel entering the Klystron Gallery and remote buildings, as well as personnel exercising on the north side of the Gallery, that rattlesnakes may be active in the area.


August 20, 2010
    Annual Accelerator Safety Workshop Examines Regulations
This week SLAC hosted the annual Department of Energy Accelerator Safety Workshop, where representatives from DOE laboratories across the country gathered to discuss how safety systems are applied effectively throughout accelerator facilities.

August 9, 2010
    SAFE2010: SLACers Join Forces to Reduce Risks and Re-use Materials
Several departments, including Waste Management, Facilities and Environmental Safety and Health, worked together to remove two modules containing tubes of ethane gas from a site near Interaction Region 6, where they had sat untouched for several years. In addition to creating a safer environment for SLAC employees, the groups found a way to reuse the material that resulted in a cost savings for the lab.

August 3, 2010
    Medical Services to Transition to Stanford University Management
Soon, Stanford University's Occupational Health Center will provide SLAC medical services, including evaluation and treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses, work-related preventative medical services, medical surveillance programs for lab staff and wellness program coordination.The medical center location and hours will not change.


July 26, 2010
    New Cell Tower a Boon for Grass Fire Alert
Yesterday morning a quarter acre of grass on the hill above the Alpine Gate burned due to an arc flash on a power transmission line. SLAC's emergency services responded quickly and were able to control the situation in minutes, due in part to the improved cell phone signal provided by the recently erected AT&T tower.

July 21, 2010
    Moving Time? Good Time to Clear Clutter
With the great SLAC move now underway, it's a good time to pare back the clutter that may have built up in your office over the past months, years and perhaps even decades.

July 14, 2010
    Reminder: Stay Sharp on Travel
Although SLAC's work is unclassified and public, SLAC personnel are reminded to be cautious when traveling abroad and in their professional dealings.

July 8, 2010
    Radiation Protection Program Update
The July rollout of Radiation Protection Program documentation marks the latest in SLAC's policy alignment with the Department of Energy's update of 10 CFR 835, the federal regulation that establishes occupational radiation protection requirements for DOE facilities.


June 28, 2010
    SAFE2010: Supporting and Securing SLAC
SLAC's Security team is on site and on duty 24/7—days, nights and weekends— to make sure that the lab is safe and secure. Security staff control site access and field incoming requests that range from visitor questions to 911 emergencies.

June 17, 2010
    RSB Project Launches Web Site
The Research Support Building and Infrastructure Modernization Project today launched a new Web site detailing the project and its progress.

June 15, 2010
    Distracted Driving
The Department of Energy has taken steps to ensure that employees are free from driving distractions, as directed by Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving.

June 1, 2010
    Preparing for Wildland Fire Season
Recent rains might give a different impression, but fire season is coming soon.


May 28, 2010
    New Cooling Tower 101 Now Cooling Central Campus
Yes, it is finished. In the course of about 15 weeks, the old Cooling Tower 101 was demolished, the basin was cleaned, new base anchors installed, piers seismically upgraded, and a new cooling tower was constructed, commissioned and put on line.

May 13, 2010
    Bike to Work Day is Here
The San Fransisco Bay Area's 16th Annual Bike to Work Day is today, Thursday, May 13.

May 10, 2010
    SMART Walkthrough Data Entry System Updated
In 2008 SLAC developed the SMART Walkthrough system to log and measure these useful interactions with the staff. Now we have revised the data entry screen to put the emphasis on elements of work planning and control.

May 4, 2010
    Cooling Tower CT-101 Remade: New structure nears completion; testing comes next.
Replacement of Cooling Tower 101 is nearly finished, with the crew on schedule for completion by the end of May.


April 26, 2010
    Seen around SLAC: Earth Day
Last Thursday marked Earth Day, an annual event to raise awareness of environmental concerns.

April 22, 2010
    Come Celebrate Earth Day Today
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

April 21, 2010
    New Hours for Alpine Gate
For the past 9 months, the Alpine Gate has been operating on a revised (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.) schedule to accommodate the construction crews working on Building 901. Alpine Gate will now be returning to normal operating hours.

April 15, 2010
    The New Project Safety Review Process
A little over a year ago, Chief Safety Officer Craig Ferguson raised one of the first major issues for discussion in the new Environment, Safety & Health Subcouncil: pursuing an effective and streamlined project review process at SLAC.

April 14, 2010
    Wellness Fair April 28
Please plan to participate in Stanford's sixth annual Wellness Fair. This year's Fair is Wednesday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation.

April 13, 2010
    Earth Day 40th Anniversary Celebration April 22
Thursday, April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.


March 30, 2010
    Final Deadline for 2009 GERT Dosimeters Tomorrow
If you were issued a GERT dosimeter during 2009 you must return it by tomorrow, March 31, to ensure that any exposures are detected.

March 19, 2010
    Hanley Lee Recognized as Federal Project Director of the Year
Hanley Lee of the SLAC Site Office was named the Department of Energy Federal Project Director of the Year last week in Washington, DC. As the federal project director for construction of the Linac Coherent Light Source, he was honored for its stellar success.

March 12, 2010
    Targeted SLAC Phishing E-mail—Do Not Respond
On March 10, some SLAC users received a much more targeted e-mail that appears to be "phishing" for SLAC user ID's and passwords. The message originates from a foreign country.

March 5, 2010
    New Fitness for Duty Policy Begins April 5
On April 5, 2010, SLAC will implement a new Fitness for Duty policy designed to ensure that all employees have a safe and healthy work environment.

March 4, 2010
    SAFE2010: Electrical Substation K10
It was a deceptively quick and quiet turnover in the Klystron Gallery during winter break. With the replacement of electrical Substation K10, SLAC kicked off 2010 with an exemplary demonstration of how meticulous planning can lead to safe execution.


February 25, 2010
    SLACerMan Says: Watch Out When Backing Up!
SLAC Vehicle Safety Month wraps up this week with handy reminders from SLACerMan about keeping alert for obstacles, pedestrians, and the unexpected—especially while backing large vehicles—in "Avoiding Vehicle Accidents."

February 19, 2010
    Around SLAC: Safety for Dummies
During January, in a coordinated effort between SLAC and the Palo Alto Fire Department, teams practiced retrieving a dummy suspended from the crane in End Station B. This staged "emergency" helped both SLAC and the fire department understand the challenges and logistics of dealing with a high-angle rescue.

February 17, 2010
    Sherin to Present on Haiti Disaster Relief Today
Don't forget to head down to campus today at lunch time to see Deputy Director for Environment, Safety and Health Brian Sherin present his striking photos and stories of his experiences with the U.S. emergency response after the Haiti earthquake.

February 10, 2010
    Bicycle Safety Talk Today
Stanford University Bicycle Program Coordinator Ariadne Scott and Stanford Public Safety Officer Allen James will be at Kavli Auditorium from 1 to 2 p.m. today, to present basic "rules of the road" that both drivers and bicyclists need to know.

February 11, 2010
    Reminder: Watch Out for Construction Sites
Entrance to a construction site requires full PPE (personnel protective equipment) and release (approval) from the area manager.

February 9, 2010
    SLACerMan Says: Take It Easy Around Loop Road!
SLACerman is back and going strong, with the second of three videos about navigating SLAC's busy roadways: "Driving at SLAC."

February 9, 2010
    100 Safe Days for PULSE Construction
Construction of new office and lab space for the PULSE Institute in Building 40, bustling along ahead of schedule, has now reached the landmark of 100 injury-free construction days.

February 8, 2010
    Work on Cooling Tower 101 Begins Today
Cooling Tower 101 is a SLAC original, serving the lab since the 1960s, and it's due for an earthquake retrofit and upgrade.

February 4, 2010
    The Storm of the Decade
It could have been so much worse. As crews mopped up the remaining damage, Environment, Health and Safety managers agreed that the swift, coordinated actions of the emergency responders critically dampened the impact of the recent power outage.

February 4, 2010
    Bike Safety for Anyone on Wheels
Stanford University Bicycle Program Coordinator Ariadne Scott and Stanford Public Safety Officer Allen James will be at Kavli Auditorium on February 10 from 1 to 2 p.m., to present basic "rules of the road" that both drivers and bicyclists need to know.

February 3, 2010
    People: Brian Sherin Puts His Skills to Work in Haiti
SLAC Deputy Director of ES&H Brian Sherin recently returned from a deployment to Haiti with the U.S. Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He dealt with plenty of horror and disorder during his two-week stay.

February 2, 2010
    SLAC Safety Note: Portable Space Heaters
SLAC allows the use of portable space heaters when personal comfort or other local heating needs can' t be met with building heater systems. Safety is a top consideration in selecting and using these heaters.


January 27, 2010
    SLAC911: Don't Miss an Emergency Alert
During last week's power outage, both SLAC and Stanford University sent emergency notices and updates via telephone and text messages. Hundreds of SLACers who signed up with the SLAC911/ALertSU system received these messages not only on their SLAC phone lines, but also personal phones and e-mail accounts of choice.

January 26, 2010
    Are You Ready for the Next Big Quake?
The destruction Haiti suffered in the January 12 magnitude 7.0 earthquake is a sobering reminder to everyone living near a major fault: stay prepared. Seismologists have estimated a greater than 60 percent probability of a similarly powerful quake in the Bay Area within the next 30 years.

January 25, 2010
    Power Outage Updates
Access is limited for Buildings 3, 299, and unoccupied SLC City buildings. Signs have been posted at the building entries with instructions.

January 14, 2010
    SLACerMan Says: Watch that Main Gate!
In the first of three videos for SLAC Vehicle Safety Month, superhero and safety expert SLACerMan illustrates the literal "ins and outs" of navigating SLAC's main entryway safely and in a timely manner.

January 14, 2010
    Two-hundred Safe Days
Last week, SLAC staff and contractors celebrated 200 injury-free days on construction of the new Linac Coherent Light Source office building, Building 901, with a barbeque lunch.

January 12, 2010
    New Dosimeter Storage Racks Ready for Use
You may have seen one of the new dosimeter storage racks that the Radiation Protection Department is making available and wondered where to get one, how to use it, and what the advantages to you and SLAC might be.

January 11, 2010
    Drive Safe, Drive Smart, Buckle Up
"Drive Safe, Drive Smart, Buckle Up" is the slogan for SLAC Traffic Safety Month—January, 2010.

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