University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
July 2017
At Notre Dame:

Battery Fire

A battery fire occurred in an EB lithography machine uninterruptible power supply (UPS) located in a UPS cabinet. The side and bottom of one UPS battery was burned through and several other batteries bulged and vented due to heat produced in the fire. For more information, see UPS Battery Fire - January 2017.

Electric Shock

An employee suffered an electric shock from a radio charging unit in May. The employee was setting up a dispatch command post. The employee was picking up a charging unit and accidentally touched a live electric conductor. For more information, see Electric Shock- May 2017.

Silicone Oil Bath

A silicone oil bath overheated and created enough smoke to set off smoke detectors requiring the building be evacuated. No injuries or damage occurred. For more information, see Oil Bath Incident - June 2017.

At Other Universities:

A lab fire occurred a the University of Iowa due to an electrical extension cord causing $1.5 million in damages. Extension cords should only be used for a limited time (not to exceed 90 days) and they should not be used as a replacemnt for permanent wiring or run through walls, doors, windows, etc.  Always inspect the cord prior to use to ensure it has no breaks and all the prongs are in place.  Unplug the cord after each use. For more information, see this press release.
To assist PI's and laboratory managers with creating and assigning training, please refer to the complyND Tip and How To Video detailing the steps for creating ad-hoc assignments.  For users completing a training assignment, please see the same training assignment, please see the same training detailing the steps on how to submit a training course.

One additional item to note is the process for submitting a training assignment has been enhanced.  For training assignments that are narrated, users will no longer be returned to the landing page to click the green checkmark after completing course content.  Rather, the process of returning to the landing page has been eliminated making the submittal process a single click. For all other training assignments, the click of green checkmark will be required but there is now a large reminder directing users to click it to submit his/her assignment. These changes were implemented based on user feedback.

For more information on tips and other helpful items such as User Guides and How To Videos, please visit the complyND website at or contact the complyND Team at
                   cIMPORTANT ANIMAL HANDLING                                                          FORM REMINDER
Reminder: Paper Category A and B forms are no longer accepted for Notre Dame employees.

Links to the online Category A and Category B forms can be found on the Risk Management and Safety website here.

All NON-ND Affiliates and Indiana University employees will continue to fill out the paper Category A and Category B forms and route them to Wipperman Occupational Health. Fax: 277-7690 Phone: 277-7600. Call RMS at 1-5037 for paper forms.
If you have questions related to completing Category A & B Forms, please contact Erin Hafner at

Members of the Risk Management and Safety Department have been busy studying and taking examinations that demonstrate their competency in their chosen fields. Please take a moment to recognize and congratulate them for their hard earned designations.

Randy Crist
Randy earned the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in June. This step is the first step in achieving the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation. ASP's perform a comprehensive range of safety duties as they seek to develop their proficiency in the safety and health field. In order to be awarded the ASP, safety professionals must meet the following:
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in any field or an associate degree in safety, health or environment.
  • Have at least 1-year of safety experience where safety accounts for at least 50% of their duties. The experience must be at the professional level with a breadth and depth of safety duties.
  • Must pass the ASP examination which contains 200 questions with a 5.5 hour time limit. The ASP examination blueprints are based on surveys of what safety professionals do in practice.

Jason DeWispeleare
Jason earned the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certification from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) in June. IHMM developed the CHMM certification for professionals who proactively seek opportunities to develop their skills and expertise in hazardous materials management administered by the EPA and other organizations. 
Candidates must meet the following to be eligible for the CHMM examination:
  • Baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in the field of hazardous materials management or related field.
  • Must pass the CHMM examination which consists of 140 questions with a 3 hour time limit.
  • Must pass a final review board once exam is successfully completed.

Carla Gruse
Carla earned the Registered Workers' Compensation Specialist (RWCS) designation from the National Registry of Workers' Compensation Specialists in February. This designation is specifically for those professionals who manage workers' compensation programs. To become a Registered Workers' Compensation Specialist, candidates must complete a self-study workers' compensation course curriculum and comprehensive examination.

Lisa Phillips
Lisa was awarded a Safety Management Specialists (SMS) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in June. Individuals achieving the SMS have management skills required for a business's safe operation.  In order to be awarded the SMS, safety professionals must meet the following:
  • Work in occupational health or safety with job assignments related to the management of safety related programs, processes, procedures, and/or personnel.
  • Have ten (10) years of experience in occupational health or safety.
  • Pass the SMS examination.
                               OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Sharps injuries are wounds caused by sharps that accidentally puncture the skin. Non-healthcare sharps injuries are an avoidable event that place persons at risk for bloodborne infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Examples of sharps include needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets, and connection needles/sets.

If you experience a sharps injury, immediately follow these steps:

  • Wash sharps injuries with soap and water or hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable,
  • Report incident to your supervisor if occurrence happens while at work,
  • Immediately seek medical treatment.

Sharps disposal is important whether at home, work, traveling or in public places.

NEVER place loose sharps in a trash or recycle bin, down a sink, or flush down a toilet.

How to Dispose of Sharps:

  • Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container.
  • Notre Dame Wellness Center Pharmacy has sharp disposal containers for $4.05 per unit.

Please remember improper disposal of sharps places the entire Notre Dame community at risk.

If you have any questions please contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center Occupational Health Team at 631-2371 or Risk Management and Safety at 631-5037.

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