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Dangerous Dumpster Gets Safety Treatment

Gary Walter, Sallie Spencer, Alex Burgher and Vince Dahl are August’s Safety Heroes for identifying and remedying potentially hazardous equipment on the dumpster at the Warehouse.

STOP: Walter, warehouse storekeeper, noticed that the two dumpster lid lift assists, devices on the sides of a heavy lid that help open it and slow its closure, were not working properly.

THINK: Walter was concerned the lift assists could fail and cause the dumpster lid to close very quickly, potentially injuring someone placing garbage in the dumpster, so he notified ESH&A about his concern.



New policy in place regarding Children in the Workplace

Ames Laboratory has a new policy to guide the planning, approval, and activities for children visiting for tours, job shadows or other events. The goal of the Children in the Workplace policy (10400.001), modeled after Iowa State University’s Children in the Workplace policy, is to offer a welcoming environment and educational opportunities at Ames Laboratory to visitors under age 18, while minimizing the risk of hazards.


Presentation on Ames Lab's role in Manhattan project Sept. 9

Possibly the best-kept secret in Iowa State history involved the school’s critical role in purifying the uranium used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. How this came about will be explained by Ames Historical Society co-president Kathy Svec and Ames Laboratory documentarian Steve Karsjen on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ames Public Library.


A SULI Virtual Tour

Ames Laboratory researcher and SULI mentor Ikenna Nlebedim and Summer 2015 SULI intern Gavin Hester talk about their experiences in the program which provides hands-on research opportunities to undergraduate students at the nation's national laboratories.


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