University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
November 2019
   Medical Treatment Changes     New RMS Assoiciate Director     Machine Guarding Training

Important changes regarding medical treatment options for work-related injuries  

RMS has issued a notice regarding changes in after-hours medical care for Notre Dame employees injured at work. For complete information, please read this notice.

New Associate Director of Lab Safety & Radiation Safety Officer

Risk Management & Safety is excited to welcome Mike Domal to his new position as Associate Director of Laboratory Safety and Radiation Safety Officer. Mike's responsibilities will include the radiation, research, and laboratory safety programs. He is replacing Andy Welding, UND's previous RSO, who retired in June. Mike has a MS in Health Physics from the University of Florida.  His accreditations include Certified Health Physicist (CHP) and NRC Licensed Senior Reactor Operator (SRO). He has more than 25 years of experience in the radiological and safety fields. Mike most recently provided oversight of a radiation protection program for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at a project cleanup site. Upon Mike's arrival he said, "I'm excited to be a part of Risk Management and look forward to using my background to make a positive impact at Notre Dame."

Machine Guarding Training

RMS will be offering a Machine Guarding Training on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020. This training focuses on specific safeguarding guidelines for various types of machinery. It will provide attendees a better understanding on how to safeguard machines to meet safety standards and compliance requirements.  For more information, please read here. RMS will cover all associated expenses. RSVP's needed by Friday, January 10th, 2020.
To see how the University is pursuing OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), please visit RMS's VPP webpage. Additional information on  VPP and lab safety will be coming in future months.

Safety Alerts

Professor dies after serious injury in lab explosion - Haifa, Israel
Elazar Y. Gutmanas, a professor at the Israel Institute of Technology, died after a lab explosion. For more information, please read here.
Lab explosion - UC Berkeley 
A 25-year-old graduate student was injured in an explosion in a chemistry lab. For more information, read here.
Lab explosion - UNB Fredericton New Brunswick, CA   
A small explosion occurred in a chemistry lab due to a mixture of hydrochloric acid and sugar becoming over-pressurized. For more details, please read here.

Safety Notices

Biosafety Manual Update & New Autoclave Procedure 
RMS, with support from the University's Institutional Biosafety Committee, has updated the Biosafety Manual and instituted a new procedure on the safe use of autoclaves. Additionally, RMS has created a new complyND training course on safe use of autoclaves. Please read this notice for complete information.

Top lab accidents over the past 60 years

This article details the top laboratory accidents that have occured over the past 60 years including when and where each accident happened along with brief summaries. Please click here for complete information. 

Safety History
The deadly Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 
Lessons can be learned from safety history across a broad spectrum of incidents. Read here how the Great Boston Molasses Flood and the 21 deaths it caused could have been prevented.


As we continue through the remainder of the Fall semester, there may be the need to create and assign safety training to new faculty, staff or students. To assist supervisors and dotted line supervisors with this, please refer to the How To video detailing the steps for creating ad-hoc assignments. For users completing a training assignment, please refer to the How To video detailing the steps on how to submit a training course, including reviewing and downloading any supplemental materials and clicking the green checkmark ().
For more information on these 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

Environmental Corner

Annual Hearing Testing Change
Members of the University’s Hearing Conservation Program will have an easier way to complete their required annual hearing testing beginning this year.

Risk Management and Safety is bringing Mobilear Inc. to campus on Wednesday, December 4th to complete annual hearing tests for faculty and staff who are included in the Hearing Conservation Program. Mobilear Inc. will provide a hearing test trailer on campus to reduce cost and supply a more convenient location.

If you are a member of the University’s Hearing Conservation Program, you or your supervisor have received an email asking you to sign up for a testing time slot on December 4th. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes or noise levels in your work area, please contact Erin Hafner at 631-7889 or

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