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CRT Sweeper Increases Footprint for Improved Bicycle Safety

April 30, 2013

Dan Martin of CRD has been recognized with a Safety SPOT Award for pointing out sand and gravel accumulation on the side of Cyclotron Road, at the bottom of the hill below Blackberry Gate. This was causing cyclists to pull into the center of the lane in order to stop, increasing the likelihood of a vehicle collision. Martin thought the sand and gravel might be from the CRT construction project, and he suggested that the construction sweeper continue outside the gate and cover the area at the… Read More »

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Safety Suggestion Leads to Ventilation in the Bay View Cafe

December 1, 2012

Margie Wylie of Computing Sciences has been recognized with SPOT Award for best CS Safety Suggestion or Near Miss for September-December 2011. Wylie noticed that the grill in the Berkeley Lab's Bay View Cafe was inadequately vented, which allowed smoke and cooking aerosols to hang think in the air—a health hazard to the grill workers, as well as everyone visiting the cafe. Upon noticing this hazard, Wylie contacted the Computing Sciences Safety Coordinator, who submitted the issue to Berkeley… Read More »

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Safety Suggestion Leads Secure ISO-Base Supports

August 1, 2011

David Stewart of NERSC has been recognized with a SPOT Award for best CS Safety Suggestion or Near Miss for May-August 2011. Last year, computer racks were moved to the NERSC Division's Oakland Scientific Facility computer room from another facility. Staff who installed the racks in the new location were unfamiliar with ISO-Base seismic isolation platforms, and did not understand the need to secure the computer racks to the platforms. The newly-installed racks were loaded with equipment and… Read More »

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Bicycle, Auto 'Pinch-Point' Remedied

April 30, 2011

A Computational Research Division employee has been recognized with a SPOT Award for the best CS Safety Suggestion or Near Miss for January-April, 2011: Dan Martin reported a dangerous situation for cyclists heading up Cyclotron Road. The mid-road "pedestrian crossing" sign in a pedestrian crosswalk created a "pinch point" for vehicles passing cyclists. Drivers would try to squeeze back to the right side of the road, impacting cyclists, in order to get past the sign. A "pedestrian crossing"… Read More »

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Server Installation

December 31, 2010

Trever Nightingale of NERSC has been recognized with a SPOT Award for the best CS Safety Suggestion for September-December, 2010. Nightingale reported a Near Miss where a server came close to hitting his head during installation in a rack. When the rack was originally installed, the servers were shorter, and maneuvering them was not so difficult. Because the rack is installed flush with the wall in a server room, and secured to the floor for seismic bracing, it cannot be readily moved. There… Read More »

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NERSC's Computer Room

August 3, 2010

A NERSC Division employee has been recognized with a SPOT Award for the best CS Safety Suggestion or Near Miss for July-August, 2010: Rei Lee of the Storage Systems Group identified an issue with cardboard occasionally piling up in the computer room as new systems arrived. The cardboard posed a potential safety issue and Rei suggested that the cardboard be regularly removed from the area. As a result, NERSC has added metal storage bins, removes excess material regularly, and stores supplies in… Read More »

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Pit Stairway Improvements

June 1, 2010

Computing Sciences staff recently reported that many of the lights on the pit stairs were not working, and that several of the steps were dangerously unstable. These issues were entered into the Corrective Action Tracking System, and after interim repairs to the stairway lights, an entirely new lighting system was installed. The steps have been made stable, and are awaiting more permanent repair. Lighting and structural  improvements were made to "pit" parking area after three CRD… Read More »