University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
May 2018
Risk Management & Safety has recently developed a new incident management tool! While most users will not notice many changes to the way they report workplace injuries, there have been a few additions we'd like you to be aware of:

1. You can now report workplace injuries for students and contractors
2. You can now report Good Catches (also known as Near Misses) 
A Good Catch is defined as "an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage - but had the potential to do so."  The following are examples:
•  A person trips over an extension cord that lies across the floor but avoids a fall by grabbing the corner of a desk.
 An outward-opening door nearly hits someone who jumps back just in time to avoid a mishap.

Please visit Risk Management & Safety's Incident Reporting webpage to review the related reference guide and report all incidents.

Thank you for your continued dedication to safety on campus!

With support from the Operations Safety Advisory committee, RMS is presenting a new Confined Space Program. This procedure provides guidelines for all personnel entering confined spaces. These guidelines standardize the University of Notre Dame requirements regarding confined space entry training, space classification and work practices. This program will go live starting June 1, 2018.

A confined space is a space that:

      A.  Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and                      perform work; and
      B.  Has limited or restricted means of entry or exit; and
      C.  Is not designed for continuous human occupancy.

Examples of confined spaces include but are not limited to storage tanks, process vessels, bins, silos, boilers, ventilation ducts, sewers, underground vaults and pipe chases.

If you have any questions, please contact RMS. The new Confined Space Entry page, located here on the RMS website, contains numerous resources including the Confined Space Entry procedure, training requirements, and a list of pre-selected equipment with pricing from our preferred vendor.

If you drive a golf cart on campus, please read the article "Don't Underestimate the Risk of Golf Carts" for valuable safety information even if you have taken Golf Cart Training in complyND.
At Notre Dame:
A researcher received minor chemical acid burns to the face when a plastic acid waste bottle ruptured due to over-pressurization. The researcher inadvertently comingled nitric acid waste with waste containing ethanol which resulted in the generation of nitrogen dioxide gas. For more information on this incident, read the Safety Alert - Chemical Burn here.
Below are some user inquiries frequently fielded by the complyND team along with helpful tips to walk one through should they experience similar questions or concerns. We recommend saving this information in a convenient location for easy reference and as always, please visit the complyND website or contact the complyND team at for more information or assistance.

              I'm Unable to Submit my Training. Follow these three steps - (1)                   Make sure you are using a supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or                 Google. (2) Ensure your pop-up blockers allow for Metric Stream                                     ( (3) Be sure to download and review any                       additional material on the Launch Course Page under "Documents" before                   submitting, when required.
        •       What training is required? To determine what training is required for           you or your employees based on specific job tasks or hazards, review the                        University's Training Needs Assessment tool.
        •       Why Did I Receive this Training? Training is most commonly                          assigned  by one's direct or dotted line supervisor (i.e., Department Contact).              We recommend first consulting with one of these individual's to determine the            reason for the training assignment. Click here for list of Department Contacts.
         •       How Can I See Who Has Completed Training? As a supervisor, you          can use the Course Completion Report to identify who has completed training.            Using the Gap Analysis Report will provide you with details on who has                        training assigned but is not yet completed.
         •      How Can I Assign Training to non-Direct Reports? To do this, one            must be provisioned as a dotted line supervisor. This can be set up by your                    Department Contact following our updated user guide (link here). If you do not          have a Department Contact, please contact the complyND team for assisstance.

                              ENVIRONMENTAL CORNER
Great news! Vented caps for standard sized 4 liter reagent bottles are now available through RMS. These caps should be used for the following waste streams:
•   Piranha solutions
•   aqua regia
•   strong nitric acid solutions
•   very low pH acid mixtures with off-gassing concerns
•   very high pH base mixtures with off-gassing concerns

Vented caps can be swapped out for the standard reagent caps used on containers for any of the above waste streams. However, the original caps need to be kept and made available during the regularly scheduled waste pickups since RMS is required to have them for transporting the waste materials. Vented caps are distributed by RMS. If you are needing any caps, please submit a request by emailing Chad Rist ( For any additional questions, please contact Jason DeWispeleare (
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