Inspect equipment for approved electrical safety labels before plugging in…
“Before I plug in electric-powered equipment, I check to see if it’s been inspected, approved and labeled. I look for a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) marking or an Electrical Safety Approved label – these indicate that equipment is safe for use. From scientists and engineers to office workers, we all play a part in electrical safety.”
-Tracy Ercoli, Executive Secretary,
Operations and Business Management (OPS)
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Leaders in Safety: Bicycle Safety
“I ride my bike to work every day, year-round, so I know how important it is to take safety precautions when you’re riding. A helmet is essential and bright-colored clothing makes me more visible to cars. Following the rules of the road reduces the chance of accidents and hybrid tires keep me ready for any type of terrain – pavement or gravel. I always check for property inflated tires before I hit the road because they make for a safer ride. My bike is tricked out for night riding with reflectors, headlight and taillight, and I keep a bottle of water attached to my bike so I can stay hydrated while I cycle.”
Environmental Engineer, ESQ
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Leaders in Safety: Integrated Safety Management
Integrated Safety Management
It’s not how we do safety. It’s how we do work…
"Change and uncertainty can distract us from our work and it can also elevate stress levels. When you’re performing a new job activity, or when you’re distracted or stressed, incidents can occur. Integrated Safety Management and Work Planning and Control procedures – planning, involvement, interaction and feedback – can help counteract uncertainty. The Employee Assistance Program is also available to employees for a variety of services, including stress-relief assistance."
Ed Daniels, Division Director,
Energy Systems Division (ES)
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Leaders in Safety: Electrical Cord Inspection
Inspect electrical cords before plugging in...
"Electrical cords should always be inspected before plugging them in, even if the equipment has been approved with a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) marking or an Electrical Safety Approved label. Cords can fray or crack over time and should be inspected along their full length. When I’m inspecting electrical cords, I particularly check the area where the plug meets the cord – this is the area that is most likely to have problems."
Robert Erck, Metallurgist,
Energy Systems Division (ES)
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Leaders in Safety: Work Done Safely
I am the only one who can ensure my own safety from moment to moment…
“As a supervisor, my main concern is for the safety of my people. I start out each day with a ‘plan of the day’ meeting – that’s where my team and I go over the work plan for the day and we identify potential hazards involved with the work. We take the time to find solutions to those hazards so everyone stays safe and incidents are avoided from the start.
I always tell my people, ‘If you or someone else is doing something that seems wrong, stop! If it seems wrong, it probably is. Come talk to me and we’ll find a solution.’”
Dan McGann, Operations Superintendent,
Facilities Management & Services/Nuclear Operations Deactivation Program
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Leaders in Safety: Fire Safety
“Every employee should know their building’s fire escape plan. Make it such a normal routine that you won’t panic in an emergency situation. Call 9-1-1 right away if you smell something out of the ordinary — smoke, burning, chemicals and natural gas are just a few examples. You don’t know what the cause of the smell is. It may be something minor or it could be something serious. It’s too dangerous to check it out yourself. Call 9-1-1. That’s what we’re here for.”
Firefighter, Facilities Management & Services (FMS)
Please contact FMS to report slippery conditions inside or outside at Ext. 2-2584 between 7:30 a. m. and 4:00 p.m.
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Please contact FMS to report slippery conditions inside or outside at Ext. 2-2582 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The best safety measure is appropriate footware: shoes or boots with non-skid soles.
Walk on sidewalks if possible. Snow can hide tripping hazards in unpaved areas.
Avoid areas that are not shoveled or where salt has not been applied. Even if the area has been salted and snow is melted, be on the lookout for ice formation.
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Leaders in Safety: Hand Safety
“I always wear gloves in the lab to prevent potential hand injuries. Given the type of work I do, gloves act as a barrier for both physical and chemical conditions encountered in my lab work. I choose the glove material based on the experimental hazards, such as the chemicals used, the potential for abrasions or cuts, high temperature exposure and radioactive contamination. It’s also important to wear gloves when handling corrosive material containers. Though a container may look intact, corrosive materials can compromise the container over time, leaving it in a fragile and potentially hazardous state. My hands are one of my most essential tools, both inside and outside the lab — I want them to last a lifetime.”
Senior Scientific Associate, Chemical Sciences & Engineering (CSE)