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.


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 rest with each employee and with those who supervise them. At the beginning of this 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 remember to operate carts safely around pedestrians and do not park near building entrances. Anyone operating a cart must first complete cart safety training. This training may be completed online (see below for instructions how to access online training). Note that use of carts is restricted to employees, student workers, documented volunteers, and graduate assistants. Students are not authorized to operate carts.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

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

Work-Related Injuries on Campus

In the event of a work-related injury, employees should notify their immediate supervisor and document the incident using the Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease form (C1). The employee 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 employees and students. Please visit our website and register in order to take the online classes. The registration page 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.


Helpful Reminders when renting a vehicle from Enterprise or any State contracted vendor.

  • The Department must use Enterprise for in-state vehicle rentals.
  • The Department can use any State contracted vendor for out of state rentals.
  • The Department must use the appropriate corporate code number; NA5443
  • The types of vehicles rented are subject to limitations based on the contract. Please check and confirm with Enterprise what type of vehicle can be rented under the State contract and appropriate code.
  • Luxury sport utility vehicles and any exotic vehicles are not allowed under the State contract. If any department or institution would like to rent a luxury SUV or exotic vehicle, then the department must purchase the auto liability and comprehensive and collision insurance offered by Enterprise.
  • Examine the vehicle for any visible damage prior to operation and make sure to notify Enterprise if there is any damage.
  • Main local contact for UNLV at Enterprise is Marissa Birch, 702-597-4560.

    In the event of a fire drill or other emergency, employees should evacuate the building in the safest and most expedient manner possible. Employees must always assume that a real emergency exists when hearing an alarm and promptly evacuate the building. Employees need to become familiar with their nearest emergency exit routes and assembly locations for their department. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in each building on campus. These signs identify the location of stairwells, fire extinguishers, and manual pull stations.

    It is important for employees to remain calm, avoid running, and to stay out elevators. Employees should move a minimum of 150 feet away from the building and wait at the designated assembly area so a roll taker can account for all department personnel. We recommend employees take their belongings with them (e.g. purses, cell phones, keys) as there may be a lengthy delay before re-entry is authorized.

    Evacuation procedures must be pre-arranged between individuals who need assistance during an evacuation and the Building Safety Coordinator. Building evacuation plans can be found on the RMS website.

    This document was last modified on August 30, 2019.