University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
December  2020

ND Achieving "World-Class" Safety Performance

Notre Dame is achieving "World-Class" Safety Performance! Our 12-Month Rolling Incident Rate is 0.88. Incident rates below 1.0 are considered world-class in any industry, university, or other places of employment. We understand this is an unusual year which has helped the numbers but ND is still achieving great results. Here are a few highlights:

     • Our 12-month rolling incident rate of 0.88 is 48.2% below the BLS Total Case              Incident Rate of 1.70.

     • Since we began our safety journey in Jan 2016, ND has realized a decrease of                75.2% in the incident rate.

     • Over the same time period, the EVP has seen a 77.1% decrease.

ND's 36-Month Rolling Incident Rate is 1.40. This is 18% below the BLS rate of 1.70. The DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred) Rate is 0.73 which is only 4% above the BLS of 0.70. In order to achieve VPP we need to be at or below both of these metrics. Click HERE to see the 36-month graph (hit the Refresh button for the latest data).

Data is from January 1 through October 31, 2020.

Safety Corner

Winter Weather Safety

Winter weather brings ice, snow, and slick conditions on Notre Dame roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Slip, trip, and fall injuries  always increase at this time. Consider these tips to lower your risk of injury.

  • Wear flat-soled shoes with visible treads and place the entire foot on the ground.
  • Look ahead as you are walking and anticipate the next icy spot or level change.
  • Avoid listening to music so that you can hear oncoming traffic or other hazards approaching.
  • Be wary of black ice that may appear as wet pavement. Snow and ice will often melt in the daytime sun and refreeze at night to form black ice.
  • Use handrails when available and walk slowly.
  • Snow and ice form hazards inside buildings on tiles and other hard surfaces as well. 
  • Be aware of level changes like stepping out of your vehicle or onto a curb. Any imbalance may result in a fall. 
  • Stay on plowed and treated surfaces whenever possible.
Park in parking lots that have already been treated and plowed. This allows you to walk into work more safely and allows Landscape Services to clear parking lots more effectively.

New Industrial Hygiene/Chemical Exposure Web Page

With the release of the new Industrial Hygiene program, the RMS web page has been updated. The Industrial Hygiene/Chemical Exposure web page incorporates information from the former Chemical Exposure page. In addition, the methodology behind qualitative and quantitative assessments is explained. The Industrial Hygiene Matrix and Sampling Schedule are available upon request from Erin Hafner at

New Job Hazard Analysis Web Page

The RMS website has been updated to now include a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) web page. The Job Hazard Analysis web page provides details on how to use this technique which helps integrate accepted safety and health principles and practices into a particular job task to reduce hazards and risk of injury to workers. Links to the JHA procedure and forms needed to complete your JHA are also included. For more information, please visit the Job Hazard Analysis web page.

New Automated Fall Protection Tool

With OIT’s assistance, Risk, Management & Safety (RMS) has developed an automated fall protection equipment inventory and inspection tool. By entering equipment into the new OnBase system, RMS and departments can create a digital fall protection inventory. Automating annual inspections provides another key advantage. Inspections are now assigned to competent persons via email and inspection results are digitally recorded eliminating the need to file and track paperwork. Links to the new forms can be found on the Fall Protection Program web page.

New Training Courses

Several new courses are now available in complyND. See the information below and visit our updated Training Needs Assessment:

Management of Change For ND Project Managers – For those who manage projects, Notre Dame personnel, or contractors making physical changes to facilities, buildings, labs or other areas across campus. It covers the procedural elements of the newly issued Management of Change (MOC) Program.

Contractor Safety For ND Project Managers - For those who have contractor oversight. It covers ND's Contractor Safety Program, including the contractor approval process, contractor employee ND training requirements, when a contractor is required to have a site safety plan, and requirements for ND personnel to conduct pre-job and periodic site safety checks.
Hazard Recognition Training – Required for all personnel involved in conducting routine safety inspections of work areas and those who complete Job Hazard Analysis. This discusses the importance of conducting safety inspections and covers common workplace hazards that may be present in work areas, such as chemicals, electrical, emergency preparedness, environmental, ergonomics, machinery & tools, offices, and work surfaces and walkways. 
Job Hazard Analysis Training – Required for personnel planning to use the job hazard analysis (JHA) technique. This focuses on the importance JHA plays in establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, and is designed to help employees learn how to break down various job tasks to document their own JHA. This course will also help employees, safety committee members, and management to understand their role in job hazard analysis (JHA)).
Back Safety and Injury Prevention Training - For employees whose jobs present ergonomic risk factors for back injury. The training provides information on maintaining proper posture, minimizing stress, living a healthy lifestyle, and improving strength and flexibility to prevent back injury. Please contact Erin Hafner at with any questions.

ComplyND Helpful Tip - If you have completed the Fire Extinguisher Training in ComplyND and your course still shows as “in progress” try this helpful tip!  

Return to ComplyND and once the course loads on your “my training” page, click the launch button.  Once you open the course click the “EXIT LESSON” button.  Even though the course produced a certificate, clicking the “EXIT LESSON” button fully moves the course to a completed status. See screen shot below showing where this can be found:

Trivia Contest

Fall protection must be inspected to ensure it's safe to use. Who are the two people that perform these inspections and at what frequency? If you need a hint, see the new Fall Protection Automated Tool and the Fall Protection Procedure

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by this Friday, December 18, 2020.  A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue. Congratulations to Chris Reimers from the Law Library, for answering our last trivia question correctly.


Injury data is from January 1 through November 30, 2020

Occupational Health Corner

Ergonomics is described as fitting the job to the person rather than forcing the person to fit the job. Risk Management and Safety has implemented an Ergonomics Program to improve the overall health and safety of faculty and staff by preventing work-related injuries caused by musculoskeletal disorders. 

RMS provides tips for Office Ergonomics as well as for Remote Work and partners with the Notre Dame Wellness Center to conduct ergonomic assessments. These ergonomic assessments focus on the work environment and items such as the design and function of workstations, controls, displays, safety devices, tools and lighting to fit the employee’s physical requirements, capabilities and limitations. Assessments can be scheduled by contacting the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 634-9355.
Should you have questions on ergonomics or ergonomic assessments, please contact Erin Hafner at with RMS for assistance.


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