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Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
December 2019

Safety Corner

                                         Winter Weather Safety
Winter weather is nearly upon us, and with it comes ice, snow, and slick conditions on Notre Dame roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Each year Risk Management and Safety observes an increase in slip, trip, and fall injuries due to winter weather. Here are a few tips for you to consider to lower your risk of injury this season.

     • Wear proper footwear. Wear flat-soled shoes with visible treads and place the              entire foot on the ground.

     • Plan and be aware of your surroundings. Look ahead as you are walking and                anticipate the next icy spot or level change.
     • Avoid listening to music as you are walking so that you can hear oncoming                    traffic or other hazards approaching.
     • Be wary of black ice that may appear as wet pavement. Snow and ice will often            melt in the daytime sun and refreeze at night to form black ice.
     • Use handrails when available and walk slowly.
     • Snow and ice form hazards inside buildings as well. Tiles and other hard                        surfaces become wet from snow and ice being tracked in and melting.
     • Be aware of level changes and watch the surface that you are stepping onto.                 Shifting your weight as you step out of your vehicle or onto a curb may cause an          imbalance and result in a fall.
     • Stay on plowed and treated surfaces whenever possible.
     • Park in parking lots that have already been treated and plowed. This allows you          to walk into work more safely and allows Landscape Services to clear parking               lots of ice and snow more effectively.

Safety Kudos

Kudos to Mason Services, the Morris Inn and St. Michael’s Laundry for encouraging a culture of safety by making use of Safety Boards.  Safety signs are a good reminder and a point of reference supporting the University’s goal that all employees return to their families safely.
If you have a safety board or are inspiring safety practices in another way, please email to possibly be featured in a future newsletter.

Important changes regarding medical treatment options for work-related injuries

RMS has issued a notice regarding after-hours medical care for Notre Dame employees injured at work due to Medpoint24 no longer treating patients 24 hours a day. For complete information, please read this notice.

Machine Guarding Training

RMS will be offering a free Machine Guarding Training on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 for personnel who work with machinery, who supervise personnel working with machinery or any interested party. For more information, please read here. RSVP's needed by Friday, January 10th, 2020.

Incident Reporting

As Fr. Jenkins stated in his safety summit remarks, “safety is everybody’s responsibility.”  By reporting injuries, incidents, and unsafe conditions and taking steps to eliminate them, you are not only looking out for the safety of yourself and your coworkers, but also helping to strengthen our safety culture. The following list highlights some of your responsibilities as defined in the Incident Reporting, Notification, and Investigation Procedure:

     • All faculty and staff are required to complete incident reporting training                       annually. The course, RMS-Incident Reporting and Access to Medical             Records, is available in complyND. 
     • Supervisors are also required to complete training on conducting an incident                investigation. The course, RMS-Conducting Incident Investigations, is              also available in complyND and is to be completed initially and every two years           thereafter.
     • All workplace injuries must be reported using the Safety Incident Report
        form within 48 hours of the injury. The form may be submitted by the injured           faculty or staff or their manager/supervisor.
     • Supervisors are tasked with reviewing injury producing events and taking                      actions to prevent recurrence. Once assigned, these investigations must be:
            • Completed within 5 business days
            • Reviewed and approved by a minimum of your supervisor 

For more information on this procedure’s requirements, see the RMS Incident Reporting & Management webpage.

Safety in the News

Death due to chemical vapors - Boston, MA - A Buffalo Wild Wings employee died and 10 other people were sent to hospitals after they were exposed to a cleaning agent used on the kitchen floor. The worker was attempting to squeegee the sanitizer off the floor after a coworker who had started using the chemical was overcome by vapors. For more information read here.


As we continue through the school year, there may be the need to create and assign safety training to new faculty, staff or students. To assist supervisors and dotted line supervisors with this, please refer to the How To video detailing the steps for creating ad-hoc assignments. For users completing a training assignment, please refer to the How To video detailing the steps on how to submit a training course, including reviewing and downloading any supplemental materials and clicking the green checkmark (). 

For more information on these tips and other helpful items such as User Guides and How To Videos, please visit the complyND website at or contact the complyND Team at

Safety History

The deadly Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Lessons can be learned from safety history across a broad spectrum of incidents. Read here how the Great Boston Molasses Flood and the 21 deaths it caused could have been prevented.

Trivia Contest

What are examples of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?  List all that apply.

A. Safety Glasses
B. Non-skid walk surfaces
C. Padded hand rails
D. Steel-Toed Work Shoes

A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by December 20, 2020. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue. 

Congratulations to David Baier for answering September's question with the answer that benefits of Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) include a higher morale and feeling of ownership among employees, improved safety performance, reduced absenteeism, and enhanced public recognition and outreach.


Injury data is from January 1 through November 30, 2019

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