University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
December 2018
Trivia Contest       Injuries      Environmental Corner      Humor

Revised Machine Guarding & Shop Safety Webpage

If your time on campus requires you to use or supervise those that use machine shop equipment or handheld power tools, please take a moment to visit our revised Machine Guarding and Shop Safety webpage, previously known as Shop Safety. Additional resources are provided to help educate on how to prevent potentially serious accidents.

Safety Corner

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs frequently in the colder months because buildings are sealed tightly to prevent the loss of heat and employees are running equipment that releases carbon monoxide. Sources of carbon monoxide include anything that is powered through combustion (diesel fuel, gasoline, LPG, coal, wood, etc.) Carbon monoxide enters the body through respiration. The only way to detect carbon monoxide is through monitoring equipment.
How can you lower your risk for carbon monoxide poisoning?
• Avoid running fuel burning equipment, such as cars, gas generators, and propane       heaters in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. 
• Ensure that you have adequate ventilation in the space when running a carbon           monoxide generating piece of equipment.
• Be sure that all equipment that could generate carbon monoxide is well                        maintained  by a competent person. 
• Place a carbon monoxide detector in any work area where carbon monoxide may         be generated. 

It is essential that you know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. It could be the difference between life and death. If you believe that you or one of your coworkers may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, get to fresh air as soon as possible and notify your supervisor immediately. Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

• Headache
• Dizziness
• Confusion
• Fatigue
• Feeling extremely nauseated
• Loss of consciousness
• Death

Avoiding Winter Injuries on Campus

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.

But if an entrance needs attention and a custodian is not present, employees are encouraged to grab a shovel and/or spread ice melt to address an immediate need. Supplies can be found near building entrances. Those physically unable to help in this way, are asked to call Building Services at 631-5615.  Snow and ice removal will require some of the time normally spent cleaning the building, so please be patient if custodial task accomplishment is delayed.

Anyone who observes roads, sidewalks, or parking lots that need to be plowed with mechanized equipment, may call Landscape Services at 631-8021 or 631-8888 after business hours.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take personal care as well.

• Make sure the tires on personal vehicles have adequate traction for snowy roads.
• Clear windows of snow and ice before driving.
• Drive slower and allow more room to compensate for low visibility and slippery           surfaces.
• Wear sturdy, non-slip footwear or boots to improve traction and reduce the                 chances of a slip and fall.
• Hold on to the car door when exiting and entering a vehicle.
• Take shorter, more deliberate steps when walking on slippery surfaces, and keep         hands free to improve balance.


In an effort to enhance our ability of tracking support for the complyND system, we are excited to announce that we have transitioned to using Service Now to log and track complyND questions and concerns. Given this transition, below are a few things we would like to bring to your attention:

• All emails to will be forwarded to Service Now. This will                       automatically create a case in Service Now and the initiator will receive an email        back informing them a case has been created.
• If you contact a member of the complyND directly via email or phone, he/she will      enter a case into Service Now where it will be tracked to closure.
• When the complyND team is notified of a new Service Now ticket, a member               from our team will respond from within the Service Now system.
• Users will receive an email response from Service Now that will contain                        information pertinent to the case, including any updates.
• Users can reply to the Service Now email and do not have to go into the                         Service Now system to email the complyND team.

We feel that this change will enhance our ability to more effectively track complyND support cases. Additionally, it will provide us the ability to collect and report metrics related to system support and gives users a consistent interface used university wide for reporting system related issues.

Safety Alerts

Trip & Fall Incident - Notre Dame
An employee tripped, fell and suffered a head injury after tripping on a pile of snow. The employee was transported to the hospital, treated and hospitalized for three days as a result of the injury. For more information, read the Safety Alert here.
Iowa Machine Guarding Incident
Iowa OSHA issued two citations and $55,434 in penalties to Prinsco, Inc. after an employee was seriously injured by a moving saw blade. Employees were regularly exposed to running band saw blades when pushing scrap plastic onto a conveyor belt located behind the band saw. A worker was hospitalized after sustaining a
laceration to the hand after coming into contact with a band saw blade while removing scrap material from the danger zone.  For more information, read the complete alert here.

Trivia Contest

According to the University's Lock, Tag, Try (LTT) Zero Energy Procedure, what color lock should an individual apply to lock out an item? 
Hint: Check out the RMS website's Lock/Tag/Try page.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by December 20, 2018.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Sain who answered September's Good Catch (Near Miss) Incident Report question correctly!


Injury data is from January 1 through November 30, 2018

Environmental Corner

Risk Management and Safety has partnered with with a consultant (APEX Companies, LLC) to conduct industrial hygiene surveys over the next three years. These surveys are conducted to assess employee workplace exposures to chemicals and provide recommendations for exposure reduction or elimination when necessary. To date, APEX has reviewed chemical inventories for six laboratories in McCourtney Hall and visited operational areas within Campus Services and Auxiliary Operations.

During their visits, they were seeking to understand how people interact with  particular chemicals and current measures being taken to protect individuals from overexposure. 

The next steps are for APEX to recommend where air monitoring is necessary and provide assessment reports for the spaces reviewed in October. These results will be shared with areas accordingly. They will return to campus in early 2019 to continue with the industrial hygiene surveys as we work through a three-year schedule. If you have any questions related to this process, please contact Erin Hafner at or Thomas Waldschmidt at


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