Berkeley Lab

New Emergency Response Protocol

Berkeley Lab has updated its Electrical Injury Emergency Response protocol. It is currently released in Beta form. Click on the Emergency Response button on the right.

Changes include:

  • We will no longer use a fire alarm pull station to activate the Emergency Medical System. Pulling the fire alarm only creates more confusion when the building is evacuated.
  • Focus is on using a landline to get the fastest response.
  • Dedicated webpage on this site
  • New field guide FG-00
  • Use of QR codes to quickly access the webpage from your phone (scan with camera or QR code reader)
  • Electrical injury notification form is now online in a Google Form and goes straight to Health Services.

More to come:

  • The Lab’s emergency flipcharts will be updated with this content.
  • The In Case of Crisis app will be updated (the link still works and redirects to the new material).
  • Posters and badge cards will be created.
  • Training modules for QEWs and Standby Persons will be updated.

Submit all feedback to electricalsafety@lbl.gov.​

FG-00 Electrical Injury Emergency Response


One Year Without an Electric Shock

Congratulations Berkeley Lab! It has been one year without a hazardous electrical shock, which is the longest period without a shock since 2008. Specifically:

  • No hazardous shocks since 4/2017
  • Excluding shocks on 120 V plug prongs, no other hazardous shocks since 4/2016
  • No subcontractor electrical shocks since 2014

This is a significant improvement which can be attributed in part to the Electrical Safety Program’s focus on “Lockout Before Work” and “Test Before Touch.” Credit for the improvements goes to the Lab’s Qualified Electrical Workers, Electrical Safety Advocates, and Electrical Safety Officers. These individuals have put in countless hours in training, certification, hazard analysis and procedure development. 

The Lab’s Electrical Safety Program is still looking ahead at more improvements, such as better resources for non-electrical workers and adoption of newer standards (NFPA 70E-2018) and best practices starting in 2019.

In the meantime, keep watching out for each other and stay alert for electrical hazards. Do not hesitate to ask for help, and please report any electrical shock immediately to your supervisor.

New Field Guide for Office Electrical Safety

Recently published is a new Field Guide for Office Electrical Safety. Use this field guide as an easy checklist to spot and correct electrical safety issues in your office or cubicle.
Contact your division Electrical Safety Advocate (ESA) or Division Safety Coordinator (DSC) for assistance. You may also contact the Electrical Safety Group at electricalsafety@lbl.gov.

See our full list of Field Guides by clicking on the tab to the right!

FG-23 Inspecting an Office for Electrical Safety


Argonne National Laboratory Presentation (2017)

During a recent visit to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Mark Scott was invited to deliver a presentation about Changing the Electrical Safety Culture.  This presentation was originally made at the 2017 IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop, but was adapted for the local audience.  You can view this presentation on YouTube by clicking on the video.

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