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Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Joint Genome Institute

Latest Edition of The Primer Available

The Primer

The Joint Genome Institute newsletter, The Primer, winter 2010 edition is now available. Highlights include the publication of the soybean genome and the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria & Archaea in Nature, and probing life in oceanic dead zones. More>

e-verifyHuman Resources: Electronic Verification Starts Feb. 1

E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration to help U.S. employers verify the employment eligibility of their employees. As mandated by Presidential Executive Order 13465 last October, the Lab officially became part of the E-Verify system and on Feb. 1 will begin the verification of all newly hired employees and, eventually, the entire workforce. For more information, contact Ben Ortega (x6326).

Special Event: Director Hosts All-Hands Meeting Thursday

handsEmployees are invited to attend an all-hands meeting hosted by Lab Director Paul Alivisatos on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss the latest research and community-relations objectives, space planning goals, and the future of a multidisciplinary science initiative called Carbon Cycle 2.0. The meeting will also be webcast live; the link will be included in Today at Berkeley Lab that morning.

bloodmobileEmployee Activity: Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 2

The Lab’s Philanthropy Club is hosting a visit by the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot. Go here to make an appointment, using “LBL” as the sponsor code. For more information, contact Heather Pinto (x4181).

Correction: When LOTO Permits Are Required

An article in Friday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab on Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) listed the incorrect information on when a permit is required. A LOTO permit is only required whenever a hazardous energy source is locked out by a subcontractor or vendor, whether or not Lab employees are involved with the work.

EH&S: Practical Training Component Added to LOTO Training

Beginning Feb. 26, the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) training will require both classroom and practical training. The practical training will involve hands-on activities to allow employees the opportunity to demonstrate they can perform LOTO correctly. Everyone who performs LOTO will be required to take the classroom training (EHS0358) before taking the new practical training (EHS0359). The initial classroom and practical training expires after a year; staff will then be required to take the online refresher training (EHS0258) and the practical training (EHS0359) annually. Go here for a description of what classes are required and applicable dates.

Policy: UC Sexual Harassment Policy Applies to Lab

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual. Specifically, every member of the University community should be aware that the University is strongly opposed to sexual harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by law and by University policy. It is the intention of the University to take whatever action may be needed to prevent, correct, and, if necessary, discipline behavior that violates this policy. The University of California's policy and procedures concerning sexual harassment apply to Berkeley Lab and are part of RPM 2.01(B)(4) and 2.05(E). Additional information on reporting sexual harassment may be found here.

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