University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
June 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. 

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.

Do you drive a golf cart on campus? Please read the article "Don't Underestimate the Risk of Golf Carts" for the valuable safety information even if you have taken Golf Cart Training.
With Memorial Day behind us, summer is officially underway. Whether working inside or outdoors, the mid-west's heat and humidity can create an uncomfortable work environment. This can result in workers tiring more quickly or make them more reluctant to wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for their tasks. Supervisors should consider how the summer swelter may affect their employees and develop a plan that reinforces their safety culture. You may encourage employees to
     •  Dress appropriately: Loose-fitting clothing allows better air circulation over the           body. If working outside, wear lighter-colored items.  
     •  Take shorter, more frequent breaks: Preparing meals in South Dining Hall,                   pressing items in St. Michael's Laundry, and maintaining the grounds can all               be more draining during the summer. Help employees preserve energy and                 prevent heat-related injuries by taking short breaks to replenish fluids.
     •  Tailor  PPE items to the season: Will providing summer-related items such as             anti-fogging goggles, sweat liners, or cooling bandanas make employees more             likely to keep their PPE on? If so, providing these items may be worth the cost.
Based on the most frequently asked questions regarding training in complyND, the following are provided as friendly reminders: 
      •  Some courses require supplemental materials to be reviewed. Be sure to                       download and review any additional material on the Launch Course                                Page before  submitting.
      •  If you have trouble launching a course, check your pop-up blockers and be                  sure that they allow for Metric Stream (
      •  New system trainees should review the Quick Reference Guide for Trainees,                the Take a Course How to Video, and the Course Completion Report Video
      •  Supervisors attempting to create training assignments for personnel should                 review the Quick Reference Guide for Supervisors and the Ad-Hoc Course                    Setup How To Video located at
For general questions, comments, and concerns, please contact the complyND Team at

What conditions define a confined space? 

Hint: Check out RMS website's Confined Space Entry page.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by June 22, 2018. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in the next issue.

Risk Management and Safety has created a new Universal Waste Procedure to ensure proper management of universal waste on campus. Universal waste is a subcategory of hazardous waste that poses low risk to human health when handled and transported safely. Types of universal waste include:
  • Batteries 
  • Lamps (bulbs) 
  • Pesticides  
  • Mercury-containing equipment

If you handle any of these waste types on campus, please ensure you have completed the annual Universal Waste Training in complyND.

Regulations require the University of Notre Dame to properly label, store and never accumulate more than 11,000 pounds of universal waste at any one time.
Storage and labeling requirements include:
  • Waste containers must be structurally sound, adequate to prevent breakage, and compatible with the contents. For example, cardboard bulb boxes can be reused to contain waste bulbs.
  • Waste containers shall remain closed unless adding or removing waste. 
  • Labeling shall include the words Universal Waste and the Contents of the container such as "Universal Waste - Batteries" or "Universal Waste - Bulbs" 
  • The date the waste was first accumulated in the container shall be included on the labeling.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jason DeWispeleare at or 631-5037
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