University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
March 2021

RMS is providing slip, trip and fall training. Slips and falls are the number one injury at Notre Dame. This risk can be mitigated as all accidents are preventable and injuries to people are avoidable. We encourage any departments interested to sign up for this training.

VPP ND Success Stories & Toolkit Web Pages

Check out the new additions to our VPP web pages.
The VPP Toolkit has been developed as a quick reference guide for all employees on ways to get involved in safety, what to expect in the VPP onsite evaluation process, and other helpful resources and information related to VPP.
On the VPP Accomplishments page we highlight Notre Dame Success Stories that have been achieved because of our VPP journey.
VPP Accomplishments

Safety Corner

Job Hazard Analysis Tool
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is an effective tool in helping to prevent injuries and enhancing safety. By analyzing tasks, employees can identify hazards and work with supervisors to develop ways to eliminate or reduce a hazard before someone is hurt.  Documenting the steps to perform a task not only standardizes how to do a job but also helps employees better understand how to correctly, and safely, perform their tasks. Involving the employees that perform the task is also a great way to increase employee engagement in the safety process.

To learn more about JHAs, look at the RMS Job Hazard Analysis web page. In addition to the procedure, the page outlines training requirements, provides forms needed to conduct a JHA, and has links to OSHA resources.


After setting up training assignments, you may find the Training Overview Dashboard to be helpful (page 4 of this link). It will show training assignments for those who are complete, in process or not started. Note: By default it only searches 3 months back, so if you need to search further back choose the appropriate date range.

Several courses include supplemental materials that must be reviewed prior to submitting the training. Be sure to download and review any supplemental materials by clicking the hyperlink under “Documents” on the Launch Course Page before submitting.

If you have completed a course and it shows you are still “in progress”, try these helpful hints:

     1.  Several courses include supplemental materials. Be sure to download and                    review any supplemental materials by clicking the hyperlink under                                  “Documents” on the Launch Course Page before submitting.
     2.  Be sure that you fully exited the narrated lesson. Return to your My Training               page and click the launch button. Once you open the course click the “EXIT                 LESSON” button. Even though the course produced a certificate for your hard             work, clicking the “EXIT LESSON” button fully moves the course to a                             completed status. Below is a screenshot showing an example of where this can             be found.

Safety Alerts

Chemical Release – Gainesville, GA - A liquid nitrogen leak at a northeast Georgia poultry plant killed six people and sent 11 others to the hospital, officials said. For more information, please read the complete story here.

Safety Notice

Snow And Ice Awareness - Slips, trips, and falls are the largest cause of injury at the University, especially during winter weather. Having an awareness of hazardous conditions due to ice and snow remains key to prevention of an injury. For tips and products to reduce your risk, please read this notice.

Safety History

Tired of hearing about safety? In the next several issues we will be taking a look at three turning points in workplace safety history before standards were established that might change your mind. 

Engineers Require Strict Safety Regulations During Golden Gate Bridge Construction
When construction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge began in the 1930s, the industry had come to expect one death for every million dollars spent on a project. That was the norm, but chief project engineer Joseph Strauss wasn’t willing to tolerate it. He commissioned a rope-and-mesh safety net under the floor of the bridge during the construction of the roadway structure. That bridge saved the lives of 19 men, who were dubbed members of the “Halfway-to-Hell Club,” according to the Golden Gate Highway & Transportation District. Strauss also required workers to wear hard hats, safety lines and respirators during riveting to prevent them from inhaling lead-tainted fumes. These practices were considered revolutionary for their time, and workers who did not follow them could be fired.

Eleven workers still lost their lives during the project—including 10 who died after a portion of scaffold fell through the safety net—but without the net and other strict requirements, that number would have been much higher.

Excerpted from "3 Turning Points in the History of Workplace Safety" by Don Brown

Trivia Contest
What is the University's leading cause of work-related injuries? If you need a hint, visit the RMS homepage.

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by March 23, 2021. Congratulations to Sherry Morrill from IT Strategy for answering our last trivia question correctly.


Injury data is from January 1 through February 28, 2021.

Occupational Corner

Respiratory Protection Voluntary Use forms are now completed online! 
RMS partnered with the Office of Information Technology to create this online form for employees on campus who are not required to wear respirators as part of their job, but choose to wear them. Employees may wish to wear respirators for additional protection against ambient materials that are not producing negative health exposures or to minimize nuisance levels of ambient materials. This is considered voluntary use of a respirator. Employees are required to complete this form only one time during their course of employment with the University.

If you or your staff are wearing respirators voluntarily, you can complete the form by visiting the Respiratory Protection page on the RMS website and clicking on the Respiratory Protection Voluntary Use Form. Please direct any questions to Erin Hafner at or 574-631-7889.


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