Safety Alerts

Safety Alerts and Lessons Learned

ETA Safety Alerts are made available as a quick source of information on a specific safety or environmental topic that may be of interest. Safety Alerts are organized by category. There is also a search function. If you can't find what you need, please contact the ETA Safety Manager, Ron Scholtz X8137.

Hazardous Materials & Waste

Many of our lab areas use flammable gasses such as hydrogen. Berkeley Lab has established requirements for the safe use of flammable gases and ensure compliance with applicable fire codes. Learn more about these requirements.

Hazardous Materials & Waste

Proper storage of chemical and sample containers is important for the safety of lab personnel and preventing hazardous materials spills. Learn more about the requirements for storage of hazardous materials containers in laboratories.

Hazardous Materials & Waste

One particular chemical commonly used in lab areas that is found improperly stored is Nitric Acid. It is a strong oxidizing acid and can cause spontaneous fires when in contact with organic materials. It should be stored in its own separate containment tray inside a corrosives cabinet used for acids. In particular, NEVER store Nitric Acid with flammable solvents and combustibles such as Acetic Acid. Learn more about how to properly store nitric acid.

Hazardous Materials & Waste

Wastes containing nitric acid must be treated prior to placing them into the waste Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA). Neutralization through bench top treatment will prevent safety hazards in the laboratory caused by inadvertently mixing with incompatible materials. Neutralization must be performed through a “bench top treatment” procedure approved by the Berkeley Lab Waste Management Group. Learn more about bench top waste treatment requirements.

1 Minute 4 Safety

Check out the “1 Minute 4 Safety” slide library designed to assist Berkeley Lab employees in conducting discussions on the environment, safety, and health topics

Lessons Learned and Best Practices Library

Search and contribute to Berkeley Lab's lessons learned library