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

Lowest rolling incident rate in ND's history

For the first time ever, Notre Dame achieved a 12 Month Rolling Incident Rate* below the national average for other colleges and universities for the period from January-November 2018. A 50% improvement has been made starting from a level of 3.64 in 2013 to 1.69 for this period. This is the result of focused effort from leaders, safety staff and workers and that effort will continue to maintain and further improve this success.
*Incident rates are a metric used to compare an organization's safety performance against a national or state average, so you can make an "apples to apples" comparison.

University pursues VPP certification over next 3-5 years

Over the next three to five years, the Risk Management and Safety Department will be working with faculty and staff across the University and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) to earn certification through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

VPP certification is a coveted mark of workplace safety, and data shows that injury rates are 50 to 70 percent lower at VPP workplaces than at workplaces that are not certified. In order to achieve certification, the University’s injury rate must be at or below the industry average for colleges and universities, and then IOSHA will assess the University against a set of criteria.

Everyone has a role to play in decreasing workplace injuries. RMS has established a VPP Outreach Committee that will be visiting leadership teams across campus and sharing next steps to create a safer workplace environment. 

How can you help?
Report potential hazards or near misses through the Incident Reporting Tool.
Report all workplace injuries immediately.

While the University’s ultimate goal would be to have no work-related injuries, pursuing VPP certification is one major step towards this goal. Learn more about the Voluntary Protection Program at Notre Dame.

Safety Corner

Slips, Trips, and Falls
Here at the University of Notre Dame, slips, trips and falls have accounted for 23% of reported injuries since 2017.  Workers in nearly every department and role experience them. Injuries that result from slips, trips, and falls can be devastating, leading to disabling injuries or in extreme cases even death.  Slips can be caused by wet or oily floors, weather hazards, loose mats, and slick flooring. Trips can be caused by poor lighting, obstructed views, uncovered cables, and uneven walking surfaces. Tips to avoid slips, trips, and falls include:

• Be aware of inclement weather conditions
• Wear anti-slip footwear when you know you may walk on slick surfaces (Icy                parking lots, wet floors, etc.)
• Remove obstacles and clutter from walkways and stairways.
• Clean up spills immediately
• Cover cables that cross walkways.
• Keep working areas and paths well-lit.

If you become aware of a slip or trip hazard on campus, you can report it on the Good Catch report available under “Quick Links” on the home page of the RMS website. All reports that are received from the Good Catch tool are reviewed and acted upon promptly. 


Based on the most frequently asked questions regarding training in complyND, the following are provided as friendly reminders: 
•  Some courses require supplemental materials to be reviewed. Be sure to                       download  and review any additional material located under the “Documents”             section on the Launch Course Page before submitting.
•  For employees who enter confined spaces using a permit or reclassification                  process, the following training is required to be completed prior to entry:
       • RMS – Confined Space Authorized Training
       • RMS – Notre Dame Specific Confined Space Training
       • RMS – Fall Protection Safety Training
       • RMS – Hands-on Instructor Led Training provided by RMS
• New system trainees are encouraged to review the Quick Reference Guide for              Trainees, the Take a Course How to Video, and the Course Completion Report            Video.
• Supervisors attempting to create training assignments for personnel should review   the Quick Reference Guide for Supervisors and the Ad-Hoc Course Setup How To      Video located at
To report any issues, please contact the complyND Team at

Safety Alerts

Trip & Fall Incident - Notre Dame
An employee tripped, fell and suffered a head injury after tripping on a pile of snow. The employee was transported to the hospital, treated and hospitalized for three days as a result of the injury. For more information, read the Safety Alert here.

OSHA's 10 Most Cited Standards for 2018

This year had two newcomers to hit the list. For more information, read this article which includes a video of a presentation discussing the citations.

Trivia Contest

What's the minimum distance that combustible materials must be moved from a hot work area?
Hint: Check out the RMS website's Hot Work Procedure.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by March 22, 2019.

Congratulations to Joanie May who answered December's question with the answer "red" for the color lock used to lock out an item.


Injury data is from January 1 through February 28, 2019

Environmental Corner

Chemicals used in laboratories and operational units on campus are University property and should always be stored on campus. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workplaces to control and prevent dangers resulting from improperly storing or disposing hazardous materials. Since University-owned hazardous materials stored in off-site facilities like storage units or in individuals’ homes pose a threat to the individual and the public, University-owned materials should always be stored on campus in accordance with University procedures and policies. 
For more information on proper storage and disposal of chemicals, visit the RMS Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste web pages. If you have additional questions on hazardous material storage contact Jason DeWispeleare or hazardous material disposal contact Erin Hafner.

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