University of Notre Dame
Flashpoint - Risk Management & Safety
September 2017
Preventing the Most Common Injury:  Slips, Trips and Falls 

Risk Management and Safety (RMS) identified a noticeable trend that many Notre Dame employees are getting injured from slips, trips and falls. During 2017, there have been 69 reported injuries of this type with 70 percent of them requiring treatment at a medical facility. This trend is increasingly becoming a concern and RMS would like to share with you some safety tips on preventing slips, trips and falls.

Maintain Good Housekeeping Practices
  • Keep walkways cleared from debris, objects and other trip hazards.
  • Clean spills immediately.
Avoid Falling at Work
  • Take your time and pay attention to where you are going.
  • Avoid texting while walking.  Texting prevents you from seeing hazards.
  • Ensure rooms have sufficient lighting for your tasks.
  • Avoid carrying objects that restrict your balance and mobility.
Working Outside
  • Keep an eye out for holes and uneven surfaces.
  • Be careful with slippery conditions due to mud, ice or water during inclement weather.
A few system enhancements have been implemented. These include (1) Auto submission feature for media-based courses (green checkmark does NOT need to be clicked), and, (2) A reminder message on the launch course screen reminding users to click the green checkmark for non-media-based courses.

Additionally, the following are provided as reminders:

  • Some courses require supplemental materials to be reviewed. Be sure to download and review any additional material on the Launch Course Page before submitting.
  • If you have trouble launching a course, check your pop-up blockers and be sure that they allow for Metric Stream (
For general questions, comments, and concerns, please contact the complyND Team at
Students, Faculty and Staff on campus may deal with sharps for both work and personal reasons. Improper disposal of sharps places the entire Notre Dame community at risk. We want to ensure everyone has resources available to properly handle sharps whether in a lab, office or residence hall.


  • For information on handling sharps in laboratories please see the Infectious Waste page on the RMS website.
  • Laboratory personnel can purchase sharps containers for labs through Grainger, VWR or other lab equipment supply companies.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member in need of a personal sharps disposal container, please contact the Walgreens Pharmacy at the Notre Dame Wellness Center at 271-5622.
  • Students who self-administer injectable medication should call University Health Services at 631-7497 to arrange for sharps disposal.
Proper Disposal of Sharps:

  • Immediately place used sharps in a sharps disposal container.
NEVER place loose sharps in trash bin, a recycle bin, down a sink, or flush down a toilet.

Steps to Take if Injured by Sharps:

  • Wash the area with soap and water or hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable,
  • Immediately seek medical treatment,
  • Report incident to your supervisor if occurence happens while at work.
If you have any questions, please contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center Occupational Health Team at 631-2371 or Risk Management and Safety at 631-5037.
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A drawing will be made from all the correct responses sent to by September 26, 2017. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be announced in our next issue.
Data from January 1 through August 31 of  2017.
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