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 2011: General Safety Training

The State of Nevada requires each full-time and part-time employee to understand the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee to promote safety in the workplace. To conform with this requirement, Risk Management and Safety has created an online safety training course that details these rights and responsibilities. The course is located at http://rms.unlv.edu/training/GeneralSafety/.

Many employees have already completed this course during new employee benefits training or online. To learn if you have previously completed this course, you may access your safety training history. To do this, go to http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/historynew/ to log in. If you have not previously done so, you may need to register. Registration requires your Employee ID number or student NSHE number.

Remember, each employee, including student employees, is required to know his or her rights and responsibilities. Please take a few minutes to complete the training if you have not previously done so.

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Ayers at 895-4226.

October 2011: Smoking Survey

Lately there has been much discussion on the topic of smoking on campus and our cabinet leadership is considering various approaches to this issue. One of them is to come up with a list of major problem areas and then determine how to specifically address each one. Please consider the buildings/areas you work in and answer the following questions:

  • Is there a significant smoking problem in or around the buildings/areas you oversee? If so, what building/area?
  • Specifically where is the problem located in the building/area?
  • What exactly is the problem? (ie: smoking too close to the building, butts littering the ground, no ashtrays, etc.)

Please respond directly to Larry Warkentin (larry.warkentin@unlv.edu) with your answers. Your responses will be compiled and addressed. Please respond with your concerns by October 19, 2011. Thank you in advance for your help.

September 2011: Safety Reminders

RMS appreciates the efforts made by the campus community in creating a safe and health work and study environment. At the beginning of this semester, we would like to inform the campus of a handful of safety topics.

AED List

RMS has created an interactive Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) List. Those employees trained to use these devices can use the list to quickly locate an AED.

Cart Safety

Please operate carts safely around pedestrians and do not park the carts near building entrances. Anyone who uses a golf cart on campus must be properly trained and understand his or her responsibilities for safe operation.

Material Safety Data Sheets

MSDSs are available online for hazardous materials on campus. In short, an MSDS is a document intended to provide information on the properties of specific hazardous materials.

Online Training

RMS continues to update its library of online safety training classes, which are available to any employee and student.

Safety Concern/Near Miss Form

This form allows the campus community to easily contact RMS with safety issues. Please use the form so we may address your concerns in a quick and efficient manner.

August 2011: Latest Fire on Campus

Recently, UNLV had a fire on campus; one of several so far this year. This latest fire was caused by a lamp that was not Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed, which means the lamp was not tested for safety. In this incident, an employee used a fluorescent bulb, which exceeded the manufacturer's recommendation. The heat generated led to a fire.

Risk Management and Safety would like to remind the campus to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and use the correct bulb wattage for lamps. Furthermore, any lamp on campus should be UL listed to ensure safe operation.

For additional information, contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226.

July 2011: Unlabeled Chemicals

Recently a jury awarded $3.25 million to a woman who drank cleaning solution from a bottled water container at a Lake Tahoe casino. Risk Management and Safety would like to remind the campus community that hazardous chemicals should never be placed into un-labeled containers. At a minimum, a marker should be used to mark the new container on a temporary basis until an adhesive label could be attached. The best practice is to transfer chemicals into a pre-labeled container.

According the Hazard Communication Standard from OSHA, all labels should include the identity of the substance and the appropriate hazard warnings. This information can be found on the manufacturer's original container or in the Material Safety Data Sheet of the substance.

June 2011: Heat Stress

Now that the outdoor temperature in Las Vegas is creeping toward 100 degrees, Risk Management and Safety would like to remind you to be safe while working outside. A training course has been set up to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress and what you can do to protect yourself. The training may be found at


OSHA has additional information on heat stress at http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/heat_stress.pdf.

May 2011: Slips, Trips and Falls

Did you know that most injuries that occur in the workplace are a result of someone who slips, trips or falls? In 2009, it was the most common reported injury in the workplace.

Risk Management and Safety has developed a safety training course that identifies hazards that may prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls. The training may be found at


Additional safety training courses may be found online at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/online/.

April 2011: Student Death at Yale

In the early morning hours on April 13, a 22-year-old undergraduate student at Yale was killed while operating machinery alone in a lab. A synopsis of the accident can be found at http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110418/full/472270a.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20110419.

Risk Management and Safety would like to remind faculty, staff and students that accidents can happen at any time and in any place on campus. Please remember the following:

  • Never work alone in any workplace after normal business hours
  • During normal business hours, if you must work alone, ensure that others know where you are and the times you will work alone
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), if necessary
April 2011: Reporting Injuries on Campus

Risk Management and Safety would like to remind employees of what to do in the event of a work-related injury on campus.

If any injury occurs to an employee as a result of performing his or her work duties, a Notice of Injury Form C-1 must be completed within 7 days from the date of the injury. This form is completed by the injured employee or supervisor for all accidents and injuries. This form may be found at http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/forms/. Once completed, the form may be sent through campus mail to Risk Management and Safety at MS 1042, faxed to the workers' compensation office at 895-5227, or emailed to Michael Means or Michele Washington.

If medical attention is required, UNLV employees have several options. Please visit http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/medical-providers/ for more information on the option for medial treatment available.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) fully supports the right of every employee to report injuries and file a workers' compensation claim when a work related injury or occupational disease occurs.

Please contact Michael Means or Michele Washington of RMS at 895-4226 if you have any questions.

March 2011: No Smoking in State Vehicles or Carts

The Nevada State Administrative Manual, Section 1302.0 states, "Smoking in state-owned vehicles [which includes golf carts], is strictly prohibited except in those vehicles assigned to an individual employee for his/her exclusive use."

Also, drivers are prohibited from texting or using other electronic equipment while driving except for police and certain other emergency responders.

Any driver violating these conditions could be held responsible for injuries or damages arising from such a violation.

February 2011: Auto Physical Damage (Comprehensive & Collision) Restrictions & Exclusions

Vehicles owned by any department within the Nevada System of Higher Education are covered for Auto Physical Damage (Comprehensive and Collision) with the State of Nevada self insured program. Below are some restrictions for operating a vehicle, as referenced in the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) and the State Administrative Manual (SAM). Employees and permissive users must also be aware of the APD program exclusions.


  • It shall be unlawful for any individual, individuals, or groups of individuals, whether an employee or employees of the State of Nevada or not, to use any automobile, truck, or other means of mechanical conveyance, property of the State of Nevada, for their own private use. (ref. NRS 204.080)
  • All State-owned vehicles shall be used only for authorized official business and driven by qualified and authorized personnel in a safe and courteous manner. (ref. SAM 1302.0)
  • Smoking in State-owned motor vehicles, is strictly prohibited except in those vehicles assigned to an individual employee for his/her exclusive use. (ref. SAM 1302.0)
  • All accidents (any collision involving a State vehicle with a pedestrian(s), other vehicle(s) and/or other fixed or stationary object(s), whether or not any physical damage or bodily injury occurs) or incidents (non-accident physical damage or personal injury) involving a State vehicle must be reported to Business Center South within 48 hours from the date of the occurrence. (ref. SAM 1414.0)


  • Vehicle use must be in the course and scope of employment.
  • The driver must have a valid driver's license.
  • The driver must not have been under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances or prescription drugs with driving restrictions at the time of the accident.
  • The driver is prohibited from texting or using other electronic equipment while driving except for police and certain other emergency responders.
  • Institution must have adequate internal controls and procedures to prevent these exclusions.

The State of Nevada Risk Management Department may seek recovery for APD losses from the employee or permissive user who was not abiding by any of the restrictions or exclusions listed above.

February 2011: Safety Reminders

RMS appreciates the efforts made by the campus community in creating a safe and healthy work and study environment.

By clicking on the following links, you will find information about the respective topic.

RMS website

Risk Management and Safety continues to update its user-friendly website which highlights individual functions within the department, such as:

Interactive AED List

This page lists current Automatic External Difibrillators (AEDs) on campus and allows the users to customize the sorted list. In addition, a short video on how to operate this devices is posted at this link.

Interactive Confined Space Map

RMS has created a page that lists identified and confirmed confined spaces on campus.

Safety Concern/Near Miss Form

This form allows the campus community to easily contact RMS with safety issues. Please use the form so we may address your concerns in a quick and efficient manner.

January 2011: 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.

This document was last modified on August 30, 2019.