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Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
June 2022

Safety Matters

Risk Management & Safety's quarterly General Operations newsletter bringing you pertinent safety information to aid in keeping our campus safe. In this issue:

New Assistant Director

RMS is excited to announce that Randy Crist has been named as Assistant Director of Safety. He will oversee the Operations Safety Team and other safety programs. Randy is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has his ASP (Associate Safety Professional) certification. Randy joined the University as a safety specialist in 2013. 

Safety Corner





                                                   Beat the Heat

With the onset of summer weather, the risk of heat-related injuries increases. Knowing how to safely work in hot conditions and recognize the symptoms of heat-related injuries can limit these preventable injuries.

To help beat the heat, employees should:

  • Drink two to four cups of water each hour
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks (e.g. coffee and soda)
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Attempt to perform strenuous tasks during the cooler morning hours

Employees and supervisors should also be aware of the symptoms of heat-related injuries.

Heat Cramps are painful muscle spasms that result from overheating. Cramps usually occur in the abdomen and legs and are the body's initial warning that it is struggling to deal with the heat.  Someone experiencing heat cramps should drink water or a sport drink to replenish fluids.

Heat Exhaustion can occur after exposure to high temperatures and is the body's response to the loss of water and salt. Symptoms can include heavy sweating, weakness/fatigue, dizziness or confusion and a flushed complexion. If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, get them out of the heat, loosen or remove clothing, and have them drink small amounts of water.

Heat Stroke is the most severe heat-related illness and arises when a person's body loses the ability to cool down resulting in a rapid temperature rise. Symptoms include red/hot/dry/skin with lack of sweating, a rapid and weak pulse, shallow breathing and potentially, a loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Safety Alerts

Trenching Violation - Batavia, OH  Trench collapses can bury workers in seconds. Read here how a construction company was cited for proposed total penalties of $214,636 for not providing safety measures for employees.

 Announcing EHS Insight, Your New Solution for Safety Inspections beginning July 1

In an effort to improve upon the current safety inspection program, the Risk Management & Safety (RMS) team is excited to announce EHS Insight as the campus’ safety inspection platform effective Friday, July 1.

Designed to make inspection processes more efficient and user-friendly, EHS Insight will be used for conducting and documenting campus safety inspections. This new tool allows you to:
Complete assessment reports from anywhere (includes a free mobile                              application for your mobile device)
Track items to completion for your laboratory, shop, building, department and            work areas
      • Access essential data from assessments

Helpful resources such as quick reference guides, knowledge based articles, and FAQs can be found by visiting the Risk Management & Safety Website, or searching for and clicking the “EHS Insight” task in InsideND.

The RMS team will be hosting additional training sessions in August. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Thank you for helping the RMS team improve the safety inspection system, and for your continued support. If you have any questions, or need assistance working within the system, please contact inspect@nd.edu.

—Risk Management & Safety team

Imperial Foods fire shows importance of safety inspections 

In 1991, the fire at Imperial Foods Products in Hamlet, North Carolina killed 25 employees and injured 40. The fact that the plant had never had a safety inspection in it's eleven years of operation was one of mulitple factors contributing to this disaster.  For more information, please read here.

Injuries

Injury data is from January 1 through May 31, 2022.

OSHA Recordable case: Any work-related injury/illness that resulted in loss of life, loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, transfer to another job, or required medical treatment beyond first aid.
DART case: Any work-related injury/illness that resulted in days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job (also OSHA Recordable).

Environmental Corner

We are excited to announce that Bill Wolter has joined the RMS team as the new Hazardous Materials Technician. Bill comes to us from Freimann Life Science Center and has been with the University of Notre Dame in several different roles since 1995. Bill's first day was June 20, 2022 and his responsibilities include interacting with laboratory and operational personnel to meet hazardous waste needs; evaluating fume hoods for proper flow; and other environmental, occupational health, and industrial hygiene tasks as they arise. Please join us in welcoming Bill to the RMS team!

Trivia Contest

Crane and hoist operators and signal persons coordinate load movements with: 
a. Verbal communication
b. Printed signs 
c. Hand signals  
d. Both A & C
e. None of the above
Visit our Overhead Crane and Hoist web page and see page 4 of the program for the answer.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses entered on this google form by July 7, 2022.  A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue. Congratulations to Johanna Grenert-Taff, our March winner!

Humor

How not to set up your home shop!

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