Risk Management & Safety

Please note that the information in archived safety tips may not reflect current policies. These are maintained primarily as a historical archive. For the latest policies, check other sections of the RMS website.

November 2007: Disaster Preparedness

We all hope that UNLV will never experience an event like that at Virginia Tech or an earthquake that can destroy a campus such as the one that destroyed California State University, Northridge.

The Risk Management and Safety Department has prepared a 20-minute training presentation that will demonstrate what you may encounter as a Faculty or Staff member at UNLY. The video presentation includes excerpts from actual interviews with the President and other Administrators at Cal State, Northridge. Hear for yourself what they experienced as a result of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that damaged 107 buildings on campus and forced the demolition of a half-million square feet of space.

Please visit the Online Training page of the RMS website to view the Disaster Preparedness course.

October 2007: Fire Safety – Fight or Flee

At the conclusion of National Fire Safety Month, we offer some suggestions on how to react to a fire on campus.

Fight or Flee?

Fire is one fo the most common types of emergencies a campus may face. A critical decision in planning for this emergency situation is whether or not to fight a fire with a portable fire extinguisher or to flee to a safe area.

Risk Assessment

Prior to fighting a fire with a portable fire extinguisher, those involved must perform a risk assessment that evaluates the size of the fire, the evacuation route the fire extinguisher users will use, and the atmosphere in the vicinity of the fire.

Fires that can be extinguished with portable fire extinguishers

  • It is limited to the original materials ignited
  • It is contained in a wastebasket or other receptacle
  • The flames are no higher than the firefighter's head
  • The fire has not depleted the oxygen in the room
  • The room temperature is only slightly increased
  • Good visibility
  • There is a clear evacuation path behind the firefighter

Fires that should not be extinguished with portable fire extinguishers

  • It involves flammable solvents and has spread over more than 60 square feet
  • It cannot be reached from a standing position
  • It is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling
  • It cannot be fought without respiratory protection
  • The radiated heat is easily felt on exposed skin
  • Smoke is filling the room very quickly, decreasing visibility
  • Fire, heat, or smoke may block the evacuation path

The Department of Risk Management and Safety offers live fire extinguisher training to those members of campus who wish to learn.

October 2007: Vehicle Use

Do you ever wonder…

What vehicle should I use while traveling on university business? Am I insured? Who is responsible for maintenance of the department's vehicle? Can I use my own personal vehicle on university business? If I had an accident, what should I do? Do I need to buy the insurance when renting a vehicle? Can I take a rented vehicle off-road?

These and other related questions are common throughout the campus community. Risk Management & Safety with input from Facilities and Travel Departments has prepared a document titled, Vehicle Use, addressing these topics. The document provides options for faculty and staff to consider when selecting a vehicle to use while traveling on university business and information concerning insurance and maintenance.

August 2007: Animals on Campus

In consideration of safety and sanitation, only the following are permitted inside campus facilities:

  • Service animals for persons with disabilities or for law enforcement
  • Laboratory/research animals
  • Show animals, productions, contestants, or other event animals for display or to take part in a campus-sanctioned event

Animals on campus grounds shall be allowed under conditions of the Clark County Code Title 10.36.040 (a) which states that "No person owning or having possession of any animal, shall cause, permit, or allow the animal to stray, run or in any manner be at large." Owners violating this policy will be asked to leash the animals or Clark County officials will be notified (445-7710) and requested to assist in the removal of the animal from campus.

Stray animals create a potential unhealthy environment. Stray animals, usually cats, occasionally inhabit areas on campus. University employees and students are asked to not feed these stray animals to discourage them from housing themselves in or around campus facilities.

June 2007: Incidents on Campus

What to do if…

  • A student sits in a chair and the chair breaks causing the student to fall
  • There is a minor chemical spill in your lab
  • Someone slips and falls down the stairs
  • Someone reports their vehicle was damaged by a UNLV golf cart
  • There is oil leaking from a car in the parking lot
  • A summer camp attendee sprains their ankle

These are just some incidents that must be reported to RMS.

What is an INCIDENT? Risk Management & Safety defines an incident as an individual event that is or has occurred causing injury to a person or damage to property or has the potential to do so.

Steps to take when an incident occurs

  1. Access the situation.
  2. Communicate incident to appropriate department; 911, Risk Management and Safety, Facilities Help Desk, Management, etc…
  3. Secure the area until responders arrive or been instructed otherwise.
  4. Request witnesses remain until responders arrive or obtain full name and contact information.
  5. Do not throw any equipment away that was a contributing factor to the incident.
  6. Complete the required Insurance & Claims form for the type of incident that occured.
  7. If no responder is required or no anticipated claim will be filed and you want to simply document the incident, please report it to RMS.
This document was last modified on August 30, 2019.