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

Safety Notices

Time Sensitive Materials
Time-sensitive materials are any chemical or chemical product that develops additional hazards upon prolonged storage. These materials must be closely monitored and properly disposed of at regular intervals. If left in storage long enough, they can form hazardous by-products making their management and disposal extremely hazardous for all involved.  For proper management standards, read more information here.
Sharps Safety Reminder
For those that work with or around syringes and sharps, we ask that you follow Safe Sharps Handling Techniques which can be reviewed here.
Safety Data Sheets & MSDS Online Tool
The University is moving toward using a tool called MSDSOnline, a platform for storing and managing Safety Data Sheets, by the summer of 2020. For more information about SDSs or the MSDSOnline tool, please read here.

Safety Alerts

Forklift Battery Incident - University of Notre Dame
During the transition of forklift maintenance to Morrison Industrial Equipment Co., a forklift was found with a smoking battery. The forklift was perpetually left on the charger and the battery was not properly maintained or inspected. Crystals had formed on top of the battery which began to smoke. Acids that had leaked from the battery corroded the battery container and parts of the forklift, requiring significant cost to repair. For more information on forklift safety and the handling of this incident, read here.
Roofing contractor indicted for manslaughter - Portland, Maine
A Maine roofing contractor has been indicted for manslaughter and workplace manslaughter, charging that his repeated violations of OSHA's fall protection standards caused his employee's death. For more information, read the press release here.
High School Chemistry Lab Fire - New York, New York
A chemistry lab fire at Beacon High School in Manhattan, forever changed a teen's life and left him unrecognizable. The teacher is accused of causing the fire. For more information, please read this article.

Safe Lab Kudos

          The following labs have scored 100% on their joint assessments for 2018-19.

College of Engineering: 

Peter Burns 
Robert Chlebek 
Patrick Fay 
Harindra Fernando
Amy Hixon
Liz Kerr

Lei Kiu

Clint Manning

Casey O'Brien

David Richter

College of Science:
Gary Belovsky
Chritian Koepfli
Laurie Littlepage
Ana Flore-Mireles
Felipe Santiago-Tirado
Rebecca Whalen
Katherine White
Michael Wiescher
ND Research:

Trivia Contest

What are examples of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? Select all that apply.

A.  Safety Glasses
B.  Non-skid walk surfaces
C.  Padded hand rails
D.  Steel-Toed Work Shoes

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by August 22, 2019. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue. 


As we transition to the start of the Fall semester, the following are some helpful tips when assigning, tracking and completing training:

• After setting up training assignments, you may find the Training Overview Dashboard to be helpful (page 4 of this link). It will show training assignments for those who are complete, in process or not started. Note: By default it only searches 3 months back, so if you need to search further back choose the appropriate date range.
• Several courses include supplemental materials that must be reviewed prior to submitting the training. Be sure to download and review any supplemental materials by clicking the hyperlink under “Documents” on the Launch Course Page before submitting.
• Be sure that any pop-up blockers are disabled and allow for Metric Stream (
• Laboratory Safety Parts 1, 2 & 3 courses have external quizzes required to be completed which are generated upon completion of the narrated content. To complete them, click on the link located under Pending Tests on the “My Trainings” page.

As always, please email the complyND team with any questions at

Environmental Corner

Chemical & Hazardous Waste Labeling
Properly labeling chemical and waste containers is a key component of safety ensuring the contents and their hazards are known for proper handling, storage, and disposal. Please read the safety requirements here.

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