University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
September 2019
Safety Corner       complyND        Safety Alerts        Trivia Contest 

Who do I Contact in RMS?

A new Area of Responsibility Chart has been created on the RMS website to aid users in reaching their necessary contact person more quickly. Please visit and bookmark the Contact page for reference.

Safety Corner

With move-in complete, classes in session, and our first football win in the books, we’re reminded that another academic year has officially started. As we adjust to this return to “normalcy”, we should each take the opportunity to ensure we’re prepared for the unexpected by reacquainting ourselves with our department’s emergency procedures. Knowing how to report an incident, exit from or take shelter in your work space, where to assemble and how to account for each other increases our readiness to confidently respond to an emergency. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with your department’s plan. For more information on emergency action plans, please visit the Emergency Action Plan page on the RMS website.


The following are some helpful tips when assigning, tracking and completing training:

• To determine what training may be required based on specific job tasks or hazards, review the University’s Training Needs Assessment using the colored tabs to access the Operations information. This tool also identifies which courses are available in complyND.
• After setting up training assignments, you may find the Training Overview Dashboard to be helpful (page 4 of this link). It will show training assignments for those who are complete, in process or not started. Note: By default it only searches 3 months back, so if you need to search further back choose the appropriate date range.
• Several courses include supplemental materials that must be reviewed prior to submitting the training. Be sure to download and review any supplemental materials by clicking the hyperlink under “Documents” on the Launch Course Page before submitting.
• Be sure that any pop-up blockers are disabled and allow for Metric Stream (

As always, please email the complyND team with any questions at

Safety Alerts & Notices

Forklift Battery Incident - University of Notre Dame
During the transition of forklift maintenance to Morrison Industrial Equipment Co., a forklift was found with a smoking battery. The forklift was perpetually left on the charger and the battery was not properly maintained or inspected. Crystals had formed on top of the battery which began to smoke. Acids that had leaked from the battery corroded the battery container and parts of the forklift, requiring significant cost to repair. For more information on forklift safety and the handling of this incident, read here.
Roofing contractor indicted for manslaughter - Portland, Maine
A Maine roofing contractor has been indicted for manslaughter and workplace manslaughter, charging that his repeated violations of OSHA's fall protection standards caused his employee's death. For more information, read the press release here.
Sharps Safety Reminder
For those that work with or around syringes and sharps, we ask that you follow Safe Sharps Handling Techniques which can be reviewed here.
Safety Data Sheets & MSDS Online Tool
The University is moving toward using a tool called MSDSOnline, a platform for storing and managing Safety Data Sheets, by the summer of 2020. For more information about SDSs or the MSDSOnline tool, please read here.

Trivia Contest

What are the benefits of achieving Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status?
Hint: See RMS's Voluntary Protection Program webpage.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by September 22, 2019. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue.

Congratulations to Carine Umutesi for answering June's question regarding the purpose of an Emergency Action Plan which is to organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies.


Injury data is from January 1 through August 31, 2019

Environmental Corner

Chemical & Hazardous Waste Labeling
Properly labeling chemical and waste containers is a key component of safety ensuring the contents and their hazards are known for proper handling, storage, and disposal. Please read the safety requirements here.

Not so Funny Moments in Safety

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