Risk Management & Safety

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2017 Safety Tips

January 2017: CHIMERA - UNLV's Chemical Inventory and Safety Software System

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

Specifically, CHIMERA is a comprehensive chemical inventory management program designed to facilitate the collection and reporting of chemical information. Through an online interface, UNLV faculty and staff can manage their own chemical inventory, search their inventory, and view and print various inventory and hazard reports

In addition, CHIMERA also includes a voluntary chemical sharing program (Chemshare). This program enables users to check for specific materials within a pool of other participating user's inventories and will provide corresponding contact information.

CHIMERA also contains over 80,000 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.

April 2017: Cart Safety

Departments and individuals should be aware of the UNLV Cart Safety Program which establishes the minimum requirements necessary to operate a cart on campus. Privileges can and will be revoked if rules concerning the use of carts are violated.

The UNLV Cart Safety Program link is: Cart Safety Program

All cart operators must complete cart safety training before operating a cart. Information for training is at: Online Training Program

The following points are important to remember when operating a cart:

  • The use of cell phones, headphones, iPods, or any device that covers the ears is prohibited while operating a cart.
  • Cigarettes, cigars or any other vapor devices are prohibited while driving a cart.
  • Pedestrians on sidewalks always have the right of way. Use reduced speed on walkways and in heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Approach blind corners with caution. It is possible auto drivers may not see cart drivers approaching.
  • Do not exceed the maximum capacity for each cart and passengers must sit in designated seats. Do not misuse the cart.
  • Unauthorized use would be considered theft of UNLV property and handled accordingly.
  • Do not operate carts on a public highway, including the main roads surrounding UNLV. Carts must remain on UNLV property.
  • Obey all traffic laws, including posted speed limits and parking restrictions.

For more detailed information, visit our Cart Safety webpage: Click Here

Anyone can report a safety concern involving a cart at: Report a Safety Concern or by contacting RMS directly. Please provide the license plate number, location, operator description, time of the occurrence and description of the unsafe act when reporting.

June 2017: Reminder: Heat Stress Awareness

Summer has arrived and Risk Management & Safety (RMS) 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 here 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.

RMS offers an online training course to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress and what you can do to protect yourself.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (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.

August 2017: New School Year Safety Reminders

Risk Management & Safety (RMS) is an integral part of the day-to-day activities in any campus program or procedure. The responsibility for these programs rests with those who supervise and/or participate in them. In regard to:

Cart Safety

Please operate carts safely around pedestrians and do not park the carts near building entrances or in fire lanes. Anyone who uses a golf cart on campus must be properly trained by RMS and understand his or her responsibilities for safe operation. Cart Training is available at http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/

Safety Data Sheets(SDS)

Safety Data Sheets provide information on the properties of specific hazardous materials. SDSs are available through any device connected to the campus network at: https://rms.unlv.edu/msds/

Online Training

RMS continues to update its library of online safety training classes, which are available to any employee or student 24/7 by clicking on http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/training/

Safety Concern/Near Miss Form

The campus community can easily contact RMS with safety issues. We will address your concerns in a quick manner if you report issues using http://rms.unlv.edu/occupational/concern/

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of building entrances or air intake handlers. This reduces the risk of fires and maintains indoor air quality. We ask those of you who do smoke to respect others who do not smoke. Please:

  • Refrain from smoking near building entrances and exits or other areas that are prohibited; and
  • Place cigarette butts in the proper receptacles. This helps keep the campus clean and beautiful.
September 2017: Building Evacuations

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. Everyone should 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 of 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 using this link http://rms.unlv.edu/fire-and-life/buildingevac/

September 2017: Cart Safety

A UNLV employee was injured recently while riding as a passenger on a cart. The employee was seated on the bed of the cart and fell out of the bed as the cart drove over a bump. The employee hit the pavement resulting in injuries that required a visit to the hospital. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and was released to full duty. The operator knew that riding on the bed of a cart was unauthorized and directed this action anyway.

The UNLV cart safety program states the following: "If available, seat belts will be used. For carts without seatbelts, each passenger must seat in a designated riding location."

Designated riding locations are those positions in which seats are installed and not in the areas designed for carrying tools, supplies and other equipment.

If cart operators violate cart safety program requirements, they can expect to have their privileges revoked and be required to attend refresher training.

If you have any questions, please contact Risk Management and Safety at 895-4226.

This document was last modified on August 30, 2019.