Marking its 9th year, the annual JGI Safety and Wellness Fair took place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, drawing around 120 attendees to our Courtyard. Over a dozen booths promoted various aspects of health and safety, both at work and at home. The JGI Safety & Wellness (SWELL) Team, a group of employees who have been promoting a strong safety culture, organized the event. The SWELL team is led by Christine Naca – one of Berkeley Lab’s profilees for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Check out photos from the event here.
Among the lessons learned by visitors checking out the various displays:
- Several booths were set up by various groups from Berkeley Lab:
- Sustainable Berkeley Lab asked everyone to take a real time survey to find out sustainability concerns of JGI employees. The resulting top three concerns: Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, and Waste Diversion.
- Electrical Safety team used hotdogs to demonstrate the effects of a 120-volt charge on people, and also showed off an electrical outlet available at hardware stores that prevents children from accidentally electrocuting themselves.
- Health Services had lip balm and sunblock for sun protection, and reminded attendees that they could have their medical needs met at the main Lab campus.
- Waste Management provided information on battery disposal, and on chemical waste disposal at home.
- Protective Services offered information on emergency kit preparation for both humans and pets (courtesy of FEMA and ARF), and had a display of fire extinguishers.
- CARE Services offered information on stress management and guided imagery, as well as mood stickers.
- Bike Walnut Creek was represented by JGIers who get around on two wheels rather than four, and they were happy to chat about this emissions-free mode of transportation.
- The JGI’s Emergency Response Team displayed one of the JGI’s new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and had a video running on how to use it.
- The Central Costa County Sanitary District booth proved that disposable items tagged “flushable” actually aren’t with two jars of water, one holding disintegrating toilet paper, and one with a flushable wipe.
- The East Bay Regional Parks District gave away trail maps showing hiking trails around the vicinity.
- Therapy dogs were on hand to provide unconditional affection and mood boosts, courtesy of the Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).
- Compost bins and instructions for their use were distributed by Republic Services.