Domestic Disaster Preparedness
Now that hurricane season is officially here, here are some tips to help you can be assured that youre prepared... (care of Lab Safety Supply and the Department of Homeland Security).
No matter what type of emergency or disaster occurs, planning in advance can make a difference between life and death. While there are federal, state and local police and fire department resources set up to provide assistance, they can quickly become overwhelmed by the scope or scale of an event. Given this possibility, personal preparedness is essential.
With any disaster or emergency, there are basic needs and essentials that must be met. At a minimum, water, food and shelter are absolute necessities. Depending on the nature of the event, clean, breathable air and additional supplies may also be needed. Keep everything in a container or some other device that provides protection, portability and ease of access.
While no one can fully anticipate what kinds of emergencies or disasters may occur, preparing for them in advance can make a difference in the days that follow. Collecting supplies and planning and preparing for your personal needs are best done before warnings are issued or after something happens. This way, there is no rush and supplies are plentiful.
For the more detailed information on this topic see Domestic Disaster Preparedness.
Working With Cryogens
There have been two recent incidents involving liquid nitrogen, one resulting in an injury and another in a near miss. The main hazards in handling cryogenic materials are extremely low temperatures (on the order of -200° C or lower), which can lead to tissue damage, and volumetric expansion, which can result in an uncontrolled release of pressure.
For the more information on these incidents and how to avoid them, see Working with Cryogens.
Microwave Safety at Work
Microwave ovens can be safely used in a laboratory, provided that certain precautions are
scrupulously observed. Here is a list of simple safety dos and don'ts:
Following BNL Bicycling Regulations
All BNL and non-BNL staff must follow the New York State driving regulations when riding a bicycle on-site. Failure to follow them may result in a citation being issued for a traffic violation and disciplinary action. Complete biking regulations.
Integrated Safety and Security Management
Review Your Responsibilities:
Guidance When Workers Becomes Injured or Ill on the Job
For the Employee: It is a requirement of your employment to report work-related injuries, illnesses,
potential exposures to chemical, biological, radiological or other hazard, and near misses
immediately to your line organization supervisor, manager, or Principal Investigator (PI).
Last Modified: July 16, 2008