University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
May 2019

Safety Summit

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to watch the Safety Summit video featuring Charlie Morecraft, a dynamic speaker who shares his personal story that illustrates the impact that personal decisions can make on one's life and the lives of his or her family members.

In 1980, Charlie Morecraft was working the night shift at an Exxon oil refinery in New Jersey. When he went to one of the manifolds in the refinery to change out a blank on a pipeline, a surge of chemicals came gushing out. He ran to his truck, seconds before it exploded. "Everything I had, I lost in one split second," Morecraft said.

All faculty, staff and students may login to view this presentation at our Safety Summit web page here.

Safety Notice

Flammable Cabinet Safety Guidance
There are many regulations around the proper storage of flammables. For more information on the requirements, please read this Safety Alert.

Frequency of Lab Safety Incidents Analyzed 

The Oxford Student, the student newspaper of Oxford University, has analyzed accidents, injuries and “near misses” in their Chemistry Department and determined the frequency is just under one per week.  Is that reasonable or too much?  For more information read here.

Safety Alerts

Lab Explosion - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay India
Three people sustained burn injuries after an explosion at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in March. The lead scientist and his two interns were inflating balloons with hydrogen when the balloons burst causing burns on their hands and faces. For more information, read this article.
Lab Fire - University of Maryland
During a lab experiment at the University of Maryland, a chemical reaction ignited and the resulting fire sent 17 to the hospital.  For more information, read here.

Safe Lab Kudos to Friemann Life Science Center

Training and mandatory use of engineered safety controls for use of sharps, has resulted in zero sharps incidents for the 2 nd year in a row. The  Friemann Life Science Center (FLSC) tries to capture all incidents among the staff as well as any facility users when the injury occurs within FLSC. The introduction of using recapping devices occured in 2003. In 2011 the mandatory use of recapping device comprised of #8.5 - #13 rubber one or two-hole stoppers was instituted.

In the past, the rise in sharps injuries was directly correlated to the hire of new staff members and undergraduate participation in an animal science course taught at the university. Many were not proficient in handling animals or needles and syringes. In 2017 the animal science course was discontinued. In 2017 and 2018 there was a large turnover in staff resulting in the addition of four new staff members. Even with the decrease in undergraduate student injuries, it would have expected to see a jump in sharps injuries among FLSC staff. The training of new hires and the stress placed on safety has resulted in a demonstrated decrease in sharps injuries.

Submitted by Valerie Schroeder, Compliance and Technical Services Team Lead,

Friemann Life Science Center


Based on the most frequently asked questions regarding complyND, the following are provided as friendly reminders:

      •  Some courses include supplemental materials that must be reviewed. Be sure             to download and review any additional materials located under the                                 “Documents”  section on the Launch Course Page before submitting.

      •  Laboratory Safety Parts 1-3 are initial only courses and have non-embedded                quizzes that must be completed. These quizzes will appear in the trainee’s                     “Pending Tests” section of their My Trainings page.

      •  Laboratory Safety Refresher, which is an annual course, is to be assigned to a              trainee one year upon their completion of Parts 1-3 assignments. 

      •  Supervisors attempting to create training assignments should review the Quick            Reference Guide for Supervisors and the Ad-Hoc Course Setup How To Video              located at

       •  Users that are assigned issues from lab or machine shop assessments in their              areas should review the Managing Issues Quick Reference Guide and                              Managing Issues Video for details on how to close them.

To report any issues or if you have any questions, please email Doing so will automatically create a case in Service Now where a member of the complyND team will respond.

Environmental Corner

Anticipated Regulatory Inspection of Hazardous Waste
Risk Management and Safety anticipates a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) this summer or the next academic year. The inspection may focus on hazardous waste storage in laboratories and operational spaces. The regulators may assess the labeling and storage of waste containers. For information on the proper labeling and storage of hazardous waste please see section 5 of the Hazardous Waste Procedure.

During the last inspection, the University received 2 violations for improperly labeling hazardous waste containers and failing to properly close waste containers. Any finding of these issues anywhere on campus in a subsequent inspection could result in repeat, multi-day violations.

Since this last inspection, RMS has implemented a new hazardous waste component to our programs which focuses on hazardous waste storage. The results of this assessment discovered that the most common issues with hazardous waste are the lack of secondary containment, improper labeling, and failing to close containers.

For more information on proper storage of Hazardous Waste, visit the RMS Hazardous Waste web page. If you have additional questions on hazardous waste storage contact Erin Hafner or Chad Rist.

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