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

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has, in large concentrations, been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer.  Risk Management & Safety has tested many of the University's buildings for radon over the past 20 years, and has not seen anything exceeding the EPA Action Level of 4.0 pCi/liter.  If you would like to know the results of a study in a specific building, or would like a test/retest conducted, please contact us at  Areas most likely to have an elevated level are basements or ground floors.


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.

• 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.

Safety Alerts

Machine Guarding IOSHA
A recent (non-ND) fatality and amputation from the use of inadequately guarded drill presses prompted Indiana OSHA (IOSHA) to send an internal hazard alert detailing the recent events and providing requirements and actions to take to prevent such an occurrence at the University. For more information, read the safety alert here.
HazMat Shipping
There are many regulatory requirements for shipping hazardous materials (HazMat) from campus to other locations. To ensure compliance with the 24/7 emergency contact number requirement, the University has contracted with InfoTrac to provide the necessary monitoring. For more information and a link to the guidance document, please read here.

Trivia Contest

What is the primary purpose of an Emergency Action Plan?

Hints: RMS's Emergency Action Plan (EAP) page
OSHA's Emergency Action Plans & Procedures eTool

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

Congratulations to Chris Hatfield for answering March's question with the answer that combustible materials must be removed 35' from a hot work area.


Injury data is from January 1 through May 31, 2019

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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