J.B. Dawson

One text or call could wreck it all: Avoid distractions while driving. Driver distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. A distraction is any activity that could divert your attention away from the primary task of driving, including but not limited to: Using a mobile communication device, for example, talking or texting Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player Looking away from the road Using a navigation system Talking to passengers…

E-waste is stored in the Property Office warehouse before being recycled. Fermilab recycles 82,000 pounds of computers and other electronic equipment per year. Click image to enlarge. Photo: Scott Borton, BSS Recycling at Fermilab involves much more than sorting paper, plastic or cans from the trash, especially when it comes to the lab’s electronic waste. Electronic equipment often contains lead and other hazardous materials that can make traditional recycling methods difficult and costly. Fermilab’s electronics recycling, or e-cycling, program ensures…

Avoid overheating power strips. Check your power strip from time to time to be sure that it is within its warrantied lifetime and that devices are plugged into it correctly. According to the National Safety Council, electrical failure is the cause of more than 140,000 fires each year, resulting in 400 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage. In the workplace, electrical hazards cause nearly one fatality every day in the United States. Multiple-outlet power strips (pictured) can…

Rather than throw your old smoke detector in the waste bin, mail it to its manufacturer. As conscientious Fermilab employees, we are aware that not all waste can be thrown in the trash bin. Certain products, such as many chemicals or radioactive items, fall under strict regulations that determine their methods of disposal. We can translate awareness of these regulations to our homes, correctly disposing of regulated items in a responsible way. Our home smoke detectors are one such item….

Protect your hands so they last a lifetime. Wear gloves appropriate to the task. Photo: Joel Kofron, ES&H Hand injuries are always a concern as we work at home and at Fermilab. We use our hands frequently and thus have many opportunities to pinch, cut, burn or crush them inadvertently. Often these types of injuries can be avoided by wearing proper gloves. For certain assignments, one may need specialized gloves to be adequately protected without adversely affecting the work process….

Driving while using your cell phone on Fermilab grounds is a traffic violation. Be safe – don’t let yourself be distracted while driving. Building construction is prevalent at the laboratory this summer, and it can pose a danger for those on the road. It is particularly important to slow down and pay close attention while driving. Motorists, bikers and pedestrians must pay attention to warning signs, detour signs and flaggers. Dangers still exist in work zones even if workers are…

ES&H Section Head Nancy Grossman sets an example by wearing a hard hat that meets standards. Is it time for a new hard hat? There is a common misconception that hard hats last forever. OSHA does not specify the service life of a hard hat, nor is there any standard expiration time frame for hard hats. The hard hat life span varies depending on its use and the conditions under which it’s worn. As a general guideline, most hard hat…

Whether you’re a pedestrian or driver, pay attention to safety cues in work zones. Most pedestrians walk familiar routes day in and day out, whether it’s between offices or to a favorite lunch spot. This familiarity can cause problems for inattentive pedestrians when they find themselves with a construction work zone in their path. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration, hundreds of Americans are killed every year in work zone crashes. We can avoid these needless tragedies…

To avoid slips, trips and falls, walk like a duck with your feet pointed slightly outward to establish a more secure center of balance. Each year 265,000 people in the United States lose at least one day of work time because of non-fatal injuries from slips, trips and falls, according to the National Safety Council. Slips, trips and falls result in 17 percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries per year, the highest injury rate of any regulated activity. They are…

If a fire breaks out in your home or workplace, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Photo courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association Fermilab wants its employees and users to be safe at home as well as at work. That’s why we want you to be prepared to handle a house fire. According to a National Fire Protection Agency survey, only one of every three American households have actually…