University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
June 2020
New Metrics Web Page       New Emergency Planning Web Page      Safety Corner   

New Metrics web page containing University's safety dashboards 

A new Risk Management and Safety (RMS) Metrics web page has been created for easy access to the University's safety dashboards in Tableau. Included on the page are eight hyperlinked dashboards with explanations of data contained within each dashboard. The dashboards are categorized into three groups that include Balanced Safety Scorecard Data, Injury and Illness Data and Assessment Data. This data helps in recognizing trends with the purpose of creating a safer work environment. In the future, the page will be updated as new dashboards are created. 

New Emergency Planning wepage

The RMS website has been updated to now include an Emergency Planning page. This page, which was previously titled Emergency Action Plans, has been expanded to include additional emergency preparedness information. Now included are links to other ND emergency web pages and a repository of building and departmental emergency action plans (EAPs). As EAPs are developed, more will be added to the web page. For more information, please visit the Emergency Planning webpage.

Safety Corner

Here Comes The Sun! Managing Heat Stress and Facemasks
As the temperatures begin to rise, employees need to be conscious of the signs and symptoms of heat stress. Heat stress is a buildup of body heat generated either internally by muscle use or externally by environmental factors. Heat stress can occur outdoors, indoors, and in any environment where physically demanding work occurs for extended periods of time. There are four heat related illnesses that can occur from heat stress: Heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most serious heat related illness and can be life threatening.
Signs and symptoms of heat stress include:
Heavy or no sweating
•Increasing pulse

Employees age 65 or older, employees who have heart problems, or take certain medications are at higher risk for heat related illnesses. To combat heat stress, you should know and quickly identify the signs and symptoms of heat related illness, take quick action by getting into a cooler area with shade, and drink plenty of water (at least 1 cup per hour) and electrolyte containing fluids. If necessary, call 911 from a campus phone or (574)-631-5555 from a cell phone to get help.

Here are some tips for working in the heat with the addition of a facemask:
      •If social distancing is possible, wearing a mask while working in the heat is not          required. Whenever social distancing is not possible, a mask should be worn.
Make sure that the fabric of the mask is breathable. 100% cotton is                                 recommended.
•Have a second mask available in case your mask gets wet. A wet mask will not             be as effective as a dry one.
Avoid filters if possible, as they increase the heat of the mask and make it                     harder to breathe through.
Ensure that your mask fits properly. A mask that is too tight may be difficult to           breathe through.
If you have chronic, diagnosed breathing problems, limit your time in the heat           when wearing a mask.

Safety Alerts

Eye injury & fogging glasses, Notre Dame - A recent Notre Dame recordable injury occured when an employee was struck in the eye by a sliver of wood resulting in a corneal abrasion. For more information on this incident and safety tips for wearing a mask with glasses please read the Safety Alert.
Hoodie string catches in wire wheel, IOSHA - An non-ND employee's hoodie string got caught in the wire wheel of a grinder. The wheel walked up his chest, face, and neck, missing his carotid artery by about one-half an inch. For the University's machine shop work attire requirements, please read the Safety Alert. 

Safety Notices

Proper Use and Storage of Hand SanitizerIn order to help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others it is important to frequently clean your hands. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer can be used. For information on the best type, use and storage of hand sanitizers, please read this Safety Notice.
Jack Stand Recall - Harbor Freight has issued two separate jack stand recalls due to a safety issue. For complete information, please read this Safety Notice.
Arc Flash Harness Recall- Immediate Action Required3M has issued a Stop Use Notice regarding potential safety concerns with specific DBI-Sala fall protection harnesses. For complete information and required immediate actions, please read the Safety Notice.

Guidance for Cloth & Non-Cloth Face Masks - The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing masks in public and work settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The use of masks in public and work settings will help to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others. Please read the Safety Notice for guidance and important reminders.

Updated Stage, Tent & Canopy Procedure

RMS and Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) have updated the Stage, Tent & Canopy Procedure. One of the primary changes is that the Application Form for Stages, Tents & Canopies has been updated to a Qualtrics form. This tool now provides localized storage of completed forms and allows RMS and NDFD access to the forms. It can be found by clicking here. Additional information on updates to this program can be found by clicking here or by visiting the Stage, Tent and Canopy web page

Trivia Contest

What does the following GHS pictogram symbolize? Hint: This pictogram can be found on the RMS website.
A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by June 22, 2020. The prize will be a Notre Dame vacuum tumbler.


Injury data is from January 1 through May 31, 2020.

Environmental Corner

The ergonomic design of your workstation is applicable wherever you find yourself working. "Ergonomic Tips for Remote Work" includes exercises and instructions on how to create the best workspace. It can be accessed here or on RMS's Ergonomics web page.

Safety involvement ideas for everyone

Did you know there are many ways you can get involved with safety as we head back to campus? These include a range of activities such as submitting near miss reports, routine department safety inspections, and Atta boy recognitions. "Ideas on Ways to Get Employees Involved" can be found on RMS's VPP web page under Resources.

Are you aware of ND's web page translation functionality?

It is possible to translate webpages to almost 80 different languages when using a Notre Dame sponsored computer by following the instructions in Translation Steps. Please share this informatin with those who would benefit from it.


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