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.

August 2014: Safety Reminders

Risk Management and Safety appreciates the efforts made by the campus community in creating a safe and healthy environment. The safe day-to-day responsibilities rests with each employee and with those who supervise them. At the beginning of this Fall semester, we would like to remind the campus of a handful of safety topics.

Safety Concern/Near Miss Form

This form allows the campus community to easily contact RMS with safety issues. Please use the form at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/concern/ so we may address your concerns in a quick and efficient manner.

Cart Safety

Please operate carts safely around pedestrians and do not park carts near building entrances. Anyone operating a cart (including students) must complete training in the safe operation of a cart. This training may be completed online at http://rms.unlv.edu/training/cart_v2/.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

An SDS provides information on the properties of specific hazardous materials. Formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets, SDSs are available online at http://rms.unlv.edu/chemical-inventory/msds/ for each hazardous material on campus.

Work-Related Injuries on Campus

In the event of a work-related injury, employees should visit one of the clinics listed at http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/medical-providers/. Employees should not use their personal medical providers because this may delay the process. In addition, any work-related injury should be documented using Form C-1. More information may be found at http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/.

Online Safety Training

RMS continues to update its library of online safety training classes, which are available for any employee and student. A list of online classes is found at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/online/.

If you have any questions regarding the above topics or any other safety-related concern, please contact Risk Management and Safety at 702-895-4226.

July 2014: Reporting Incidents

Was there ever a non-emergency incident that occurred that you felt needed to be reported and/or documented?

The goal of Risk Management & Safety (RMS) is to protect the staff, students, visitors, and the institution from injury and/or financial loss. To assist with this goal, incidents should be reported to RMS so they can be investigated in a timely manner and documented to assist with minimizing the loss and eliminating the safety hazard. What could be a reportable incident?

  • Trip & fall
  • Event causing property damage
  • Golf cart colliding with a person or property
  • Stolen property in custody of UNLV personnel
  • Any injury to anyone

To report an incident, complete an incident report form and submit it to RMS at mail stop 1042.

To report an incident involving injury to faculty or staff, complete the C-1 form.

June 2014: Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) are now known as Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). As of May 2012, OSHA implemented change to its Hazard Communication Standard, including what Safety Data Sheets are called and how each is organized. These changes were initiated by the United Nations in a program known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classifications and Labelling of Materials (GHS). Each SDS will include information on the properties of a particular chemical or hazardous material, including a classification rating according to GHS criteria. However, this rating has led to some confusion.

OSHA does not mandate the use of any one specific rating system with regard to hazardous materials. Therefore, UNLV has adopted the familiar National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) rating system as a way to quickly identify the potential hazards in a given space.

The NFPA rating system is designed to help first responders with conditions of fire, chemical spills, and other emergency situations. The NFPA diamond (see the image below) with associated ratings is posted on the outside of rooms on campus wherein hazardous materials are present. The four parts of the diamond are health (blue), fire (red), reactivity (yellow), and special hazards (white). The scale is 0 to 4 (least hazardous to most hazardous).

The NFPA diamond rating system is a quick, simple visual reference to the potential hazards in a given space.

In contrast, the GHS ratings are not color-coded, are not uniform, and the scale is reversed from NFPA - with the lower number representing the most hazardous materials.

For more information on the differences among hazard ratings, please visit http://rms.unlv.edu/chemical-inventory/msds/HazClassComp.pdf.

To search for a Safety Data Sheet on campus, go to http://rms.unlv.edu/chemical-inventory/msds/.

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

May 2014: Heat Stress

As summer approaches, Risk Management and Safety would like to remind you of the importance of remaining safe outdoors, especially with temperatures consistently over 100 degrees. Whether you work inside or outdoors, summer in Las Vegas can be uncomfortable for many. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies resulting from unhealthy and unsafe practices in hot environments. Some tips to remain safe and healthy in hot weather include:

  • Drink plenty of water: OSHA recommends drinking small amounts of water frequently throughout the day. Generally, adults should drink 64 ounces of water daily - more if you work outdoors and sweat often.
  • Dress appropriately: When outside, wear lightweight, natural fabrics and a hat, if possible.
  • Eat light: Heavy and hot foods sometimes accelerate dehydration. Light, refreshing foods like fruits and vegetables help keep you hydrated.
  • Stay inside when possible: Limit outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day.

A training course has been developed to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress and what you can do to protect yourself.

OSHA has additional information at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/index.html.

Please contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226 with any questions regarding heat stress.

April 2014: Response to a Fire

If a fire occurs on campus, RMS would like to remind the campus community how to properly respond.

Before a fire occurs, it is important to know the location of your nearest exit, fire alarm, and fire extinguisher. You may also learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly.

Upon the discover of a fire, please follow these procedures:

  1. Pull the fire alarm and give a verbal warning
  2. Call UNLV Police Services by dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone or 895-3668 from a cell phone. They will dispatch police officers and the fire department.
  3. If it is safe to do so, you may attempt to use a fire extinguisher on the fire.
  4. If you must evacuate, follow the route in your respective buildings.

In the aftermath of the fire, an investigation will take place to determine its cause. Whether the fire is large or small, do NOT clean up or disturb the remains of a fire until the investigation is complete.

Please contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226 for additional information.

March 2014: CPR/AED Training

UNLV has over 100 Automatic External Difibrillators (AEDs) on campus and satellite locations. AEDs may be used during sudden cardiac arrest to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm by means of an electric current. AEDs contain written instructions and verbal prompts to assist the responder in how to use the device. In an effort to educate the campus how to use an AED, Risk Management and Safety is offering CPR/AED training for the campus community. The classes will be held on the last Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am in CSB-164. We are currently enrolling in the next three classes on:

  • March 26
  • April 30
  • May 28

The cost to attend the class in $15 per person ($30 if you wish to purchase a student workbook for reference after the class). Upon successful completion of the class, you will receive a 2-year certification card from the American Heart Association.

Contact Billy Ayers at ext 54861 or william.ayers@unlv.edu if you want to enroll in one of the classes or if you have any questions.

March 2014: Fire Extinguisher Use

Within the past several months, UNLV has experienced at least two fires prompting the use of fire extinguishers. However, in each case the wrong fire extinguisher was used.

In the first case, a trash can full of paper was on fire, a Type A fire. The employee grabbed a Type BC fire extinguisher which dispenses carbon dioxide, unsuitable for a paper fire. The gas from the fire extinguisher blew papers and ash out of the trash can and onto other combustible materials creating a second fire. At that time, the correct Type ABC extinguisher was used to put out the fire.

In the second case, equipment housing a laser caught fire which requires a Type BC fire extinguisher to protect the equipment. In this scenario, the correct fire extinguisher was initially used, but the individual expected a powder to dispense rather than colorless carbon dioxide. He assumed the extinguisher was not working and used a Type ABC extinguisher instead potentially damaging the laser equipment.

Risk Management and Safety would like to remind the campus that using the correct fire extinguisher plays an important role in extinguishing a fire or creating additional problems. RMS has developed fire extinguisher training to help you decide which fire extinguisher to use in emergency situations. This voluntary training course is a two-step process. First, complete the online training component at http://rms.unlv.edu/training/fireextinguisher_v2/ to learn the basic functions of fire extinguisher use. Second, attend hands-on practical training to practice using a fire extinguisher on a live fire in a controlled environment. The following dates have been scheduled for hands-on training.

  • March 25
  • April 24
  • May 20

To attend, simply complete the online training and bring the certificate of completion you may print at the conclusion of the course. Each hands-on training session will begin at 10:00 am in the parking lot north of CSB.

With any fire on campus, please consider these procedures:

  • Pull the fire alarm to notify building occupants to evacuate. Please know the location of your fire alarms and if they require a key to activate, like in the residence halls.
  • Know at least two exit routes from your building before an emergency occurs to safely escape.
  • Do not disturb a fire scene until RMS investigates and receives permission from the Nevada State Fire Marshal to clean up.

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

February 2014: CHIMERA

Risk Management and Safety would like to remind the campus community of its chemical inventory program. CHIMERA was developed to assist in the management of hazardous materials on campus.

Specifically, CHIMERA is a comprehensive chemical inventory management program to facilitate the collection and reporting of chemical information. Through an online interface, users of CHIMERA may manage their own chemical inventory, view inventory data, print hazard reports, and search for materials within their inventory. Inventory management tools also include:

  • Adding, removing, and transferring inventory
  • Assigning storage locations
  • Updating quantities

A voluntary chemical sharing program (Chemshare) allows participating users to check for specific materials from a pool of participating inventories with corresponding contact information.

CHIMERA also contains over 36,000 Safety Data Sheets (previously known as Material Safety Data Sheets), at least one for every product in the inventory. This resource provides quick and simple access to SDSs for all faculty and staff at UNLV. To find out more information about SDSs, please visit http://rms.unlv.edu/chemical-inventory/msds/.

If you have additional questions regarding CHIMERA or SDSs, please contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226.

January 2014: Safety Reminders

Risk Management and Safety is an integral part of the everyday activities on campus. The safe day-to-day responsibilities of these activities rests with those who supervise and/or participate in them. RMS appreciates the efforts made by the campus community in creating a safe and healthy work and study environment. At the beginning of this academic semester, we would like to remind the campus of a handful of safety topics.

Cart Safety

Please operate carts safely around pedestrians and do not park carts near building entrances. Anyone driving a cart (including students) must complete training in the safe operation of a cart. This training may be finished online at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/online/.

Safety Concern/Near Miss Form

This form allows the campus community to easily contact RMS with safety issues. Please use the form at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/concern/ so we may address your concerns in a quick and efficient manner.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

An MSDS provides information on the properties of specific hazardous materials. MSDSs are available online at http://rms.unlv.edu/chemical-inventory/msds/ for hazardous materials on campus.

Work-Related Injuries on Campus

In the event of a work-related injury, employees should visit one of the clinics listed at http://rms.unlv.edu/insurance-and-claims/wc/medical-providers/. Employees should not use their personal medical providers as this may delay the process.

If you have any questions regarding the above topics or any other safety-related concern, please contact Risk Management and Safety at 5-4226.

This document was last modified on January 11, 2017.