University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
February 2020

Report a hazard on the ND Mobile App

Anyone using the ND Mobile app can now report an unsafe condition on campus.  To learn how, please read here.

Safety Alerts

Lab explosion - Institute of Science, Sadahivanagar, India 

A lab explosion at IISc, India, killed one researcher and injured three others. The researchers were drawing hydrogen gas from a cylinder when the explosion occurred. The IISc had not had an incident in 40 years. From more information, read here.
Overloadad power strip causes home fire - Fitchburg, MA
An overloaded power strip is being blamed for a house fire resulting in the death of two men in Fitchburg, MA. For more information, please read here.

Safety Notices

New Training Needs Assessment form

The Training Needs Assessment form has been updated to a Qualtrics form and can be found on the RMS Training webpage.  The Laboratory and Operations Assessments make it easier to pinpoint safety needs, provide localized storage of completed forms and allow RMS access to the forms. 
Updated Hot Work Permit application  
Effective February 1, 2020, the University launched an updated online Hot Work Permit application (app). It is available on the RMS Hot Work web page under the section heading Hot Work Permit. For more information, please read the Safety Notice here.

Academic lab safety analyzed

For an accurate and thorough view of the state of academic lab safety in North America, please read the recently published review article from Nature Chemistry:  "A review and critique of academic lab safety". It covers the type and frequency of accidents, contributing factors, safety attitudes and has a call to action and suggested safety programs.

Environmental Corner

New labels for designated hazardous waste containers will soon be distributed to labs. The labels will denote the major hazard, the constituents, and their amounts. Below is an example and directions for use are as follows:

1.  Check the pictogram denoting the major waste hazard.
2.  List waste constituents in first column. Do not use abbreviations or chemical                formulas.
3.  List the percentage of the constituent in the second column. The total                            percentages of the constituents should add up to 100%.
4.  When ready for disposal, fill out a hazardous waste discard tag in Onbase. Use            the Control # in the upper left hand corner of the Onbase form and place it in the        top left corner of the waste label under Discard Tag Control #. If this Control # is       written on the hazardous waste label, you no longer have to print and tape the            discard tag as you currently do.

Chad Rist, Hazardous Waste Technician, will distribute labels to laboratories over the coming weeks. The labels will also be made available through departmental safety coordinators. If you have any questions or labeling needs please contact Erin Hafner at or Chad Rist at

Safety History

The injuries sustained by early chemists should serve as powerful reminders for following today's simple lab safety rules. Read here about some of the problems Robert Bunsen, Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac,and other researchers incurred.

OSHA's 10 Most Cited Standards for 2019

For a detailed list and a short video presentation of OSHA's top 10 most cited violations, click here.
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