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

Lab Joint Assessments 

FY20-21 Lab Assessment Schedule  & Enhancements
This year's LISP joint assessment cycle officially began July 1, 2020 and includes 350 labs. Links to the joint assessment schedule by lab and schedule by department can be accessed by clicking the hyperlinks. Similar to previous years, RMS will work with PI's and/or lab contacts to schedule and complete joint assessments. We have also created a Google Drive folder directory to house assessment reports so that each PI has access to all reports in one place. This directory will include a sub-folder for storing assessment-related documentation (optional, but preferred) to hopefully aid labs in the assessment process. These folders will be shared with PIs and their lab contacts in the upcoming weeks, so be on the lookout for file sharing emails from Google.

In addition to the schedule, an All in One Reference Document can be found on the RMS Laboratory Safety webpage. This provides details regarding LISP Joint Assessment and BSL-2 Assessment questions, information on Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management, a summary of training requirements, and links to procedures, labels, forms, signage, common lab supplies, etc. This resource will hopefully make the Lab Safety program easier to navigate and resources easier to find. This document is currently under revision and will be frequently updated, so please be sure to check back regularly for any recently added information.
FY19-20 Lab Assessments Status
With the sudden hibernation of the research labs due to COVID and the duration for which labs were in hibernation, normal University processes, such as RMS assessments were delayed or cancelled. Below is a summary of the various situations the labs are in concerning the assessment process. Please determine which applies to your lab and follow the directions below.

  Lab(s) were scheduled, but not assessed:
    • Your FY19-20 assessments will be moved to the FY20-21 assessment schedule. 
    • RMS will contact the lab to schedule the assessment when it is due in the FY20-         21 cycle.

♦  Lab(s) were assessed, but not safety validated:
    • Please complete action items identified on the completed assessments, if not               already completed. 
    • Take pictures of how the action items were addressed and upload them to the               lab's RMS Google Drive "ISP Support" folder. 
    •  Contact your RMS liaison if you do not have access to your lab's ISP Support               folder or once all of the supporting documents have been uploaded. If you are             unsure who to contact, email with your department and PI               information. 

♦  Labs that were assessed and safety validated:
     •  No actions necessary at this time. 

Safety Alerts

At Notre Dame:
Increase in Lab-Related Incidents - Since returning to campus and resuming work within research labs, there has been a number of lab-related incidents. For information on a few, please read here

Underground Utility Breaches - In the past year, three incidents involving contractors damaging underground utilities during excavation projects have occurred. For more information and procedural guidance, please read here.

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. 

Utility Knife Safety - In the past year, three employees have suffered serious injuries (cut needing sutures) while using a utility knife. In each case, the employee was using a steel-blade knife and not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). For tips for safely using utility knives, please read the Safety Alert.

At other Universities:

Lab explosion - Brigham Young Univesity  An experiment involving hydrochloric acid ended in an explosion at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. One person was taken to the hospital after bystanders were able to rinse him in a shower.  For the complete story, read here

Safety Notices

Proper Use and Storage of Hand Sanitizer - In 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 Required - 3M 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.
FDA Alert for Hand Sanitizer - The Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem due to the potential presence of methanol. For more information, please read this Safety Notice.


As we transition to the start of the Fall semester, the following are some helpful tips when assigning, tracking and completing training:
• 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.
Be sure that any pop-up blockers are disabled and allow for Metric Stream                   (
Laboratory Safety Parts 1, 2 & 3 courses have external quizzes required to be                 completed which are generated upon completion of the narrated content. To               complete them, click on the link located under Pending Tests on the “My                       Trainings” page.
As always, please email the complyND team with any questions at

Guidance added to Incident Reporting Forms on RMS website

In an effort to clarify which form is required when reporting an incident, directions have been added to the Incident Reporting & Management page here under  "Incident Reporting Links." See image below.

Vehicle available to transport injured employees

If an employee needs to be transported to the hospital or the Notre Dame Wellness Center due to a minor injury but declines an ambulance, a supervisor may borrow a vehicle from NDPD. In this situation the supervisor would go to Hammes-Mowbray Hall, which is open 24/7, speak to an officer at the Communications window to obtain a vehicle,  then return to the employee and transport. As soon as the transport is complete, return the vehicle and keys to NDPD.
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