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Updated Stage, Tent & Canopy Procedure

Risk, Management & Safety (RMS) and Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) have updated the Stage, Tent & Canopy Procedure. One of the primary changes is that the Application Form for Stages, Tents & Canopies has been updated to a Qualtrics form. This tool now provides localized storage of completed forms and allows RMS and NDFD access to the forms. It can be found by clicking here…

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New Metrics web page published containing the University's safety dashboards

A new Risk Management and Safety Metrics web page has been created for easy access to the University's safety dashboards in Tableau. Included on the page are eight hyperlinked dashboards with explanations of the data contained within each. The dashboards fall under the high level categories of Balanced Safety Scorecard Data, Injury and Illness Data and Assessment Data. This data helps in recognizing trends with the purpose of creating a safer work environment. In the future, the page will be updated as new dashboards are created.…

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Do you know how to report an unsafe condition?

Over the past year, faculty and staff have reported nearly 300 unsafe conditions across campus. By taking a moment to share what they have seen, these colleagues may have prevented others from being injured. A few months ago, a faculty member noticed that ornamental grass outside of the Compton Family Ice Arena was blocking the view of drivers turning in to the parking lot. Someone else noticed broken glass in the stadium parking lot, and others reported seeing a driver pass the Notre Dame shuttle bus while en route on campus. While none of these situations caused an accident or injury, they each had the potential to cause harm, and Risk Management and Safety was able to address each of these situations as soon as they were reported. A red sign stating, “Do Not Pass Bus” was added to the back of the shuttle; the excessive ornamental grass was removed near Compton; and the broken glass was quickly cleaned up.…

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Notre Dame pursues highest level of safety certification

Last year, Risk Management and Safety began working with staff in the University’s operations divisions, Athletics, RecSports, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and representatives from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) to seek to earn certification in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP…

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Updated Hot Work Permit application

Effective February 1, 2020, the University launched an updated online Hot Work Permit application (app). It is available on the Risk Management & Safety Hot Work web page under the section heading Hot Work Permit. For more information, please read the Safety Notice here…

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Report a hazard on the ND Mobile app

Anyone using the ND Mobile app can now report an unsafe condition on campus. In collaboration with Risk Management and Safety, the OIT has added a new feature at the bottom of each page of the ND Mobile app, called “Report a Hazard.” By clicking on “Report a Hazard”, the user will be directed to the Good Catch/Near Miss report form…

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Academic lab safety analyzed

For an accurate and thorough view of the state of academic lab safety in North America, please read the recently published review article from Nature Chemistry:  "A review and critique of academic lab safety". It covers the type and frequency of accidents, contributing factors, safety attitudes and has a call to action and suggested safety programs.

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New electronic forms developed for campus safety programs

Risk Management & Safety is in the process of developing new Qualtrics forms to be used with the University’s safety programs. These forms will be paperless and can be completed from a phone if need be.  RMS will also have access to the information making any follow up more efficient.  Some of the forms currently available in this format are the Confined Space Entry Field Evaluation and Reclassification Form, Hot Work Field Evaluation, LTT Field Evaluation, and Training Needs Assessment.

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Changes in medical treatment options for work-related injuries

Risk Management and Safety has issued this notice regarding after-hours medical care for Notre Dame employees injured at work.   As of Sunday, Oct. 27, Medpoint24 no longer treats patients 24 hours a day. Due to this change, injured employees and/or supervisors and managers should use the following options for after-hours medical care:…

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Watch the Safety Summit video

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to watch the Safety Summit video featuring Charlie Morecraft, a dynamic speaker who shares his personal story that illustrates the impact that personal decisions can make on one’s life and the lives of his or her family members. In 1980, Charlie Morecraft was working the night shift at an Exxon oil refinery in New Jersey. When he went to one of the manifolds in the refinery to change out a blank on a pipeline, a surge of chemicals came gushing out. He ran to his truck, seconds before it exploded. “Everything I had, I lost in one split second,” Morecraft said.…

University pursues VPP certification over next 3 to 5 years

Over the next three to five years, the Risk Management and Safety Department will be working with faculty and staff across the University and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) to earn certification through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP certification is a coveted mark of workplace safety, and data shows that injury rates are 50 to 70 percent lower at VPP workplaces than at workplaces that are not certified. In order to achieve certification, the University’s injury rate must be at or below the industry average for colleges and universities, and then IOSHA will assess the University against a set of criteria.…

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University hosts Safety Summit on May 9

The Division of Campus Safety and University Operations invites all faculty, staff, and postdocs to attend the Safety Summit on Thursday, May 9 in the Dahnke Ballroom in the Duncan Student Center. There are two sessions from which to choose: 9-11 a.m. or 3-5 p.m. Keynote speaker Charlie Morecraft will share how a split-second decision at his oil refinery job nearly cost him his life. Faculty and staff will learn tips on how to make their offices, labs and other work sites safer for both themselves and their co-workers. View the poster…

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​​​​​​​Do you know how to report an unsafe condition or an accident?

Risk Management & Safety has recently developed an online Incident Reporting tool. You can use this tool to report an injury, damage to University property, a hazardous material incident, or an unsafe condition where any of these situations could have happened, also known as a “near miss.” The Incident Reporting tool provides a single location for you to inform Risk Management and Campus Safety about a safety-related event. Designed to streamline reporting, the Incident Reporting tool…

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Avoiding winter injuries on campus is a team effort

There is a saying that many hands make light work. When it comes to reducing winter-related injuries on campus, everyone on campus has a role to play.   Landscape Services clears snow and applies ice melt to campus roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, while custodians and contractors clear snow and ice from building entrances and exits during their shifts.…

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Green Belt project tracks safety problems on campus, leads to improvements

Words tell a story, right? Not always. Depending on what you are trying to convey, data can be more meaningful than words. “You could say, ‘I feel this or that is the case,’ but is it true? Let the data tell the story,” says Eric Kloss, director of Risk Management and Safety (RMS…

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New permit process begins for setup of stages, tents and canopies

Beginning June 1, 2018, all departments, organizations and groups that plan to setup a stage, tent, or canopy on campus will need to complete the Application for Stages, Tents, and Canopies form 30 days before the event. The application form is available on the Risk Management and Safety website, and can be submitted via email to riskman@nd.edu.

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New permit system restricts driving on sidewalks

In order to preserve the safe and pedestrian-friendly nature of the Notre Dame campus, the University has instituted a permit system to restrict vehicle operation on sidewalks and pathways. Only permitted vehicles are allowed to use sidewalks to conduct approved University business.…

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Recognizing the importance of safety on campus

Vice President of Campus Safety and Event Management Mike Seamon addressed faculty and staff at the recognition luncheon. At the last Town Hall meetings in the fall, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves highlighted the University’s effort to reduce injuries across campus. Over the last year, Notre Dame has made significant strides to improve the safety of campus for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In fact, ensuring the safety of campus will always be the University’s top priority.…

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Creating a culture of safety

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the foundation for all our goals at the University of Notre Dame. Everyone plays a role in ensuring a safe work environment. Over the past four years, the University has made significant progress on decreasing the number of work-related, recordable safety incidents. Eric Kloss, director of Risk Management and Safety, directs two safety committees which are helping to create a culture of safety on campus. These committees focus their efforts on laboratory safety and general campus safety. The Laboratory Safety Advisory Committee, chaired by Patrick Fay, professor of electrical engineering, has been developing and revising laboratory safety standards. The committee, which is comprised of 16 members from the academic and operations units of campus, has made significant improvements in laboratory safety including improving or creating numerous lab safety programs, developing and overseeing our lab safety assessment process for approximately 600 labs, and revising the laboratory safety training process.…