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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 thick 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 Lab's Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Safety Concerns (safetyconcerns@lbl.gov). EHS put in a work order to have Facilities check the ventilation in the cafeteria and the grill. A week later, Facilities found that the exhaust fan was not functioning. They fixed the fan and now the ventilation is running properly.

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