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.

October 2010: Obtaining Medical Care

UNLV employees have the choice of two medical service providers when medical treatment is required as the result of work related accidents?

Concentra Medical Centers (4 locations) and Center for Occupational Health and Wellness (2 locations) provide initial and follow-up medical care for injured UNLV employees. These medical centers are contracted with the workers' compensation managed care organization (MCO). They will forward an employee's workers' compensation claim form directly to the workers' compensation third party administrator to begin claim processing.

Employees should use these clinics whenever possible if medical care is needed. All treatment after the initial visit must be with a provider contracted by the MCO.

For emergencies or life threatening injuries, call 911 or proceed to the nearest medical facility. Be sure to notify Risk Management and Safety (RMS) as soon as possible at 895-4226 or 895-5404.

For information regarding clinic locations and hours of operation, visit http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/.

September 2010: Fire Safety

At the beginning of this semester, UNLV responded to two fires - one at the Lied Library and the other at the Desert Research Institute. The apparant cause of each fire was arson.

In review of these incidents, RMS would like to remind personnel of the following:

  • Report any suspicious activity to UNLV Police Services by calling 911 from any campus phone or 895-3668 from a cell phone.
  • Be familiar with your workplace and personal role in the event of a fire.
  • Know the evacuation routes in your building. Always know at least two means to escape. Have an exit strategy.
  • When an alarm sounds, assume a real emergency exists and evacuate quickly and safely.
  • If individuals require assistance when evacuating, follow the procedures in your department regarding their needs.
  • Promptly report any problems with smoke alarms to Facilities Maintenance.

In the case of the fire at Lied Library, occupants were able to evacuate safely and orderly because the Building Evacuation Plan was updated and followed. For buildings needing assistance in implementing a Building Evacuation Plan, contact Risk Management and Safety.

PLEASE assist us in maintaining a safe campus. Burns can cause severe pain and disfigurement. Property damage can shut down a facility. Valuable research - a life's work - can be destroyed in minutes.

September 2010: Cart Safety

As we begin another great semester at UNLV, Risk Management and Safety would like to welcome the new faculty, staff and students to our campus community. Because we have so many new faces, we would like to remind all those who operate a cart to be extremely cautious as students become familiar with the campus and parking areas.

We have already had an accident involving a cart and a truck in a parking lot. One person sustained moderate injuries and both vehicles were damaged.

If you are driving a cart, please remember:

  • All cart operators must complete cart safety training before operating a cart. Training may be completed online at here.
  • Pedestrians on sidewalks always have the right of way.
  • The use of headphones, ipods, or any device that covers the ears is prohibited while operating a cart.
  • The use of cell phones while operating a cart is highly discouraged.
  • UNLV carts are not allowed on public roads or highways. Carts must remain on UNLV property.
  • Drivers of carts must reduce speed on walkways and in pedestrian areas.
  • Passengers must sit in designated seats.
  • Total riders on the cart must not exceed the allotted seating capacity.
  • Driving privileges may be revoked if you operate a cart unsafely.

If you are walking around campus, please be mindful or your surroundings and be careful to not walk in front of a cart.

August 2010: Driving Me Crazy?

Who Can Drive?

Faculty, staff and permissive users must have a valid driver's license of the appropriate class, as defined by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, in their possession while operating a State vehicle. Volunteers and/or students can be considered permissive users if the Volunteer Agreement form is appropriately processed prior to operating a vehicle.

Insurance Coverage

NSHE is self-insured with the State of Nevada for auto liability coverage as part of State of Nevada Tort Program for bodily injury or property damage sustained by others resulting from the negligence of a State of Nevada authorized user.

NSHE vehicles are covered for comprehensive and collision damage collectively known as auto physical damage in the State of Nevada Risk Management self insurance program.

Claim Procedures

Auto Liability claims are administered by the State of Nevada Attorney General's Office with the limitations as noted in Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 41. There is no deductible for auto liability claims.

Business Center South administers auto physical damage claims and adheres to the State Administrative Manual for processing of claims. BCS seeks reimbursement from the State of Nevada Risk Management Department for the damages sustained. The process to report a claim can be found here.

The institution's deductible is $300 department for APD claims and $2,000 for damage due to off road use.

Spot Check

BCS Risk Management & Safety recommends drivers perform a safety check before driving vehicles with includes:

  • Provide itinerary to department.
  • Check all lights including head lights, flashers, brake lights and blinkers.
  • Check tires for proper inflation.
  • Adjust all mirrors, seat and fasten seat belt.
  • Check engine fluid levels and leaks.
  • Make sure windshield and windows are clean and clear of debris that can impede visibility.
  • Check brakes when engine in on.
  • Check windshield wipers.
August 2010: Laboratory Safety

On January 7, 2010 a laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University severely injured a 29-year-old doctorate candidate. The worker suffered three severed fingers and a perforated eye. University investigators reported the department violated 20 safety standards found in the university's Chemical Hygiene Plan. The violations include:

  • Outdated chemical inventory
  • No eye protection
  • No department safety coordinator
  • Unlabeled containers in lab
  • Workers unaware of safety guidelines
  • No proof of regular inspections
  • Minimal to no safety training
  • No provisions for employee training
  • No departmental safety procedures
  • No standard operating procedure for hazardous materials
  • No criteria to control employee exposure
  • No departmental approval for procedures
  • No provisions for medical consultations or examinations

Departments at UNLV are encouraged to review these violations and the UNLV Chemical Hygiene Plan to ensure accidents like this do not occur on campus. For information on developing procedures the laboratory, please contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226.

April 2010: Smoking Policy

The UNLV Smoking Policy can be found on the UNLV Human Resources website's No Smoking page. We appreciate those who have cooperated by not smoking in restricted areas.

According to the campus policy, smoking is not permitted within 25 fett of the building entrances or air intake handlers on campus. This is due, in part, to the following reasons.

  • Fire prevention
  • Indoor air quality control
  • Danger of second-hand smoke

We ask those of you who do smoke to please respect other who do not. Please refrain from smoking near the buildings' entrances and exits or other areas that are prohibited.

April 2010: Earthquake Safety

Did you know?

The recent earthquake in Mexico was widely felt throughout the Western United States.

RMS is pleased to refer you to the UNLV Applied Geophysics Center. This group has created an excellent website entitled "Earthquakes in Southern Nevada." Among the many resources at this site include a fault map of the Las Vegas Valley and links to safety and preparation.

Questions may be addressed to the UNLV Applied Geophysics Center at 895-2636.

March 2010: Cart Safety

UNLV has developed a Cart Safety Program which establishes the requirements necessary to operate a utility cart safely on campus. The following points are important when operating a cart:

  • All cart operators must complete cart safety training before operating a cart. Training may be completed online at the RMS Online Training page.
  • Pedestrians on sidewalks always have the right of way.
  • The use of headphones, iPods, or any device that covers the ears is prohibited while operating a cart.
  • The use of cell phones while operating a cart is highly discouraged.
  • Unauthorized use would be considered theft of university property and handled accordingly.
  • UNLV carts are not allowed on public highways. Carts must remain on UNLV property.
  • Drivers of carts must reduce speed on walkways and in pedestrian areas.
  • Passengers must sit in designated seats.
  • Total riders on the cart must not exceed the allotted seating capacity.
  • Make sure to do a five-point check before operating a cart:
    1. Tire pressure
    2. Brakes
    3. Mirrors
    4. Signals & brake lights
    5. Adequate charge

For more detailed information on cart safety, please visit our Cart Safety page. Please note, privileges can be revoked if rules concerning the use of carts are violated.

This document was last modified on January 11, 2017.