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Safety Information 2015

Stay Safe This Winter

Stay Safe This Winter

Tuesday December 22nd was the first day of winter. As we move into this season, there are several hazards to be aware of besides cold stress. We all appreciate the outstanding work of our grounds crews, clearing walking surfaces and spreading deicer as quickly as possible during winter storms.

Statistics show that two-thirds of falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips. Slips happen where there is too little friction between our footwear and the walking surface. It is important to wear snowproper footwear when walking on snow or ice is unavoidable.  Wear insulated, water resistant boots with good rubber treads during or after winter storms.  Take short steps and walk at a slow pace. Be extra vigilant on stairs. Use handrails or structures where available. Do not walk with your hands in your pockets, but extend your arms to the side for additional balance.  If falling, try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists or spine, relax muscles and try to fall on your side.

When mounting/dismounting equipment, it is important to clean your footwear, clean the foothold and make sure you have proper foot placement. Always maintain three-points of contact (one hand-two feet; two hands-one foot) when getting on or off of equipment. Don’t jump off when dismounting equipment or getting out of the bed of a truck. Step down carefully.

workingWet floors at entrances can present a slip hazard.  Reduce the risk of slipping on wet floors by taking your time and paying attention to where you are going. Adjust your stride to a pace that is suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are doing.  Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward and make wide turns at corners. If you see that a slip hazard exists on a floor from melted snow and ice, block the area and warn others. Then, either clean it up or contact somebody to clean it up. 

We will be conducting refresher training for responding to frozen pipes in early December.  In the meantime, if you have responsibilities for shutting off water flow during an emergency, please review the locations of control valves in your buildings. Think about what you will need, like keys, bolt cutters, and ladders and have a plan for shutting the valves if the need arises.

Having a strong safety culture means it is important that we look out for each other’s well-being. Taking extra precautions during winter weather months protects our entire team. Why do we work safely? It’s not for OSHA. It’s for each other, our families, friends and customers. If you have ideas about winter weather hazard prevention or any way to improve safety, talk to your supervisor or come see us. And hey, let’s be careful out there!

Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety / Risk Management
Department of Facilities and Campus Operations

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

On October 13th, approximately 800 students learned about fire safety at the 14th Annual Neighborhood Smokeout. Then, on October 20th, 150 people trained hands-on with fire extinguishers at Kennedy Union Plaza, including nine members of the Rec Plex staff and nine members of our Facilities Management Grounds staff.  This was our most successful fire safety educational outreach to date. Thank you to everyone that made it so successful.

Fire safety is important all year. However, with fall in full swing and winter on the way, here are some seasonal tips. If you didn’t change the battery in your smoke and CO detectors on November 1st when we started daylight savings, make sure you change it today.   

Get your heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified contractor. If you use space heaters at home, make sure they have an automatic shut off and always keep at least three feet of clear space around them. Never place anything on or hang anything above a space heater to dry. Space heaters are prohibited anywhere on campus unless approved by the Director of Energy Utilization and Contractor Compliance and supplied and installed by Facilities Management.

If you use a fireplace, get your chimney inspected and cleaned. Always use fireplace screens. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire in a fireplace.

Open burning, bonfires, portable fireplaces and other recreational fires are prohibited on university owned property. If you engage in these activities at home, be sure you know the rules specified by the state and local fire codes.  

The use of turkey fryers is prohibited on university owned property. Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them at all because they can lead to serious burns and fires. If you plan use one at home, be sure you know how to safely use it and take all manufacturers precautions to protect yourself and your home.

With safety culture at home and at work, we and our families can enjoy autumn while avoiding hazards that come with the season. If you would like more fire safety information, stop by my office or drop me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help you out. Happy Thanksgiving! Hey, let’s be careful out there! 

Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety & Loss Prevention Specialist



Four Seconds to Safety


Before starting a job, everyone should stop and think about the different risks associated with the task.  A risk assessment can be done in our shops and job sites.  Employees often know the rules or procedures to do a job without getting injured but, simply are not focused.  Even well rested employees can get caught up in a routine of the day and find themselves daydreaming or thinking about other things.  Simply take a four-second “reset”.  Take four seconds before starting a new familiar task.  This act to refocus has been shown to reduce the probability of an injury by more than 90% versus not taking the four seconds.  You may have done the task you are about to perform many times before.  In your mind, you know that you could do it with your eyes closed.  It is usually not the task itself but, something you did not anticipate that causes the incident.  For example, you didn’t notice the debris in front of the tool you were going to pick up, you didn’t notice somebody placed something on the part you were about to pick up, you didn’t realize how heavy a piece is that you were asked to carry or getting in a forklift/ vehicle/mower and not taking a quick look around.  We change our thinking from where we are going, to focusing on the area. 

Believe it or not, four seconds is all it takes.  Get in this habit of taking four seconds and you will significantly reduce your chance of injury.  If you get into the habit of taking chances or simply cruising from job to job, you will eventually be injured.  This “reset” is highly recommended as an excellent way to refocus on the job at hand and believed to be a very effective method to prevent injury on and off the job.

By Brian Rudduck
Assistant Director
Facilities Management
Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Managem

Neighborhood Smoke-Out and Fire Extinguisher Training

Neighborhood Smoke-Out and Fire Extinguisher Training                                                                                                                                  

October is National Fire Prevention Month. Historically, this month marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that burnt out of control for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.

In order to increase fire safety awareness, UD's Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management in the Department of Facilities Management & Campus Operations annually partners with Silco Fire & Security, the Dayton Fire Department, UD Residential Properties, the UD Neighborhood Fellows and UD Residence Life to host fire prevention events on campus.  This year, activities will include a live demonstration smoke-out where students can learn first hand about the dangers of fire and how to protect themselves, ask questions, check out new technologies used by the fire department and go through a building filled with simulated smoke.  Please see the event details listed below,

These events are considered Engagement Opportunities for students.  Therefore, students can accumulate Path (Points Accumulated Toward Housing) credit by attending these event.  These points can help to determine priority in attaining a student’s desired housing.  

The 14th Annual Student Neighborhood Smoke Out
WHEN:    Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE:   Red Cross Club House, 446 Lowes Street

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Live Fire Extinguisher Training
WHEN:    Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WHERE:  Kennedy Union Plaza

Fire Extinguisher

The University of Dayton strives to provide equal and easy access to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations to attend this event are encouraged to contact the LTC's Office of Learning Resources (OLR) with their request two weeks before the event in order to ensure adequate processing time. 

Six Tips for College Health and Safety

Six Tips for College Health and Safety

Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It’s a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy.College Health

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle starting with diet and exercise. Follow an eating plan with portions from the basic food groups. Also be aware that beverages may be adding extra calories. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week. Be creative about ways to get in exercise like walking across campus instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and working out with a friend, group or joining an intramural sports team.

2. Managing stress and maintaining good balance is important. A few ways to manage stress are to get enough sleep , avoid drugs and alcohol, connect socially and also take time for yourself. Seek help from a medical or mental health professional if depressed or experiencing distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 24 years. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide , contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

3. Sexually transmitted infections can be prevented. They are also treatable, and many are curable. Half of all new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur among young people under the age of 25. College students and others who are sexually active should get tested for STDs and HIV to know their status and protect themselves and their sexual partners.College Health Chart

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4. Sexual assault happens on college campuses as well as in communities. One in 5 women have been sexually assaulted while in college and 80% of female victims of completed rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25. Students should know their rights, and seek help immediately if they or someone they know is the victim of violence.

5. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men over a short period of time. About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. Binge drinking is a factor that increases your chances for risky sexual behavior, unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, car crashes, violence, and alcohol poisoning. Get the facts about alcohol use and health and learn what you can do.

6.Substance abuse and smoking are problems among young people. In 2013, around 21% of those aged 18 to 25 years reported use of illicit drugs in the past month. Heroin use more than doubled among this age group in the past decade. Among cigarette smokers, 99% first tried smoking by the age of 26. Learn more about types of commonly misused or abused drugs and call 1-800-662-HELP to get help for substance abuse problems.

If you or a friend is struggling with a health or safety problem, you can:

>>Talk to someone you trust for support.
>>Visit your college health center or local clinic or hospital.
>>Contact the campus or community police if your or someone else’s safety is threatened.

More Information:

Get regular check-ups and be well-informed about available resources on campus and in the community.

>>College Health and Safety
>>College Life Health-e-Cards
>>Healthcare Coverage for Children Under 26
>>1 is 2 Many
>>Quit Smoking
>>Create Change: A Student Toolkit from the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
>>White House Report on Campus Sexual Assault[887 KB]
Centers for Disease Control and Preventation.  Six Tips for College Health and Safety. Retrieved on September 3, 2015 from

July is Sun Safety Month


HEALTHY YOU is spreading the message of sun, fun, and UV safety during July--Sun Safety Month. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United Stated. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles, blotchy skin, and damage to your eyes.

These are just some of the reasons why HEALTHY YOU is raising awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in talking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

>>White or light-colored skin with freckles

>>Blond or red hair

>>Blue or green eyes

Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.  In New England, UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer.

Use sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV--A and UV--B rays. By protecting your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays with sunglasses, you can reduce risks for some minor or serious eye problems.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these easy options for sun protection:

>>Seek shade, especially during midday hours between 10 AM and 4 pm.

>>Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.

>>Wear a hat with a widebrim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.

>>Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

>>Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.

Also, avoid tanning beds and sunlamps.  The UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun.

July is Sun Safety Month. Healthy You. Retrieved on June 30 from

June is National Safety Month


The National Safety Council has declared June as the National Safety Month.  This year’s theme is "What I Live For." Please download and share all the public materials below to help promote National Safety Month. 

National Safety Month

'What I Live For' Posters

What I live for



National Safety Council Website. National Safety Month Free Material. (2015). Retrieved June 3, 2015 from

OSHA Unveils New Version of "Its the Law" Poster

OSHA unveils new version of "It's the Law" poster to help prevent injuries and protect workers' rights (posted May 2015)

To help ensure that workers have a voice in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, on April 28 OSHA unveiled a new version of its "Job Safety and Health – It's The Law!" poster. The poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities.215 MayWebsafety article

"This poster emphasizes a very important principle when it comes to prevention – that every worker has a voice," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Workers need to know their rights and be able to use their rights, without fear of retaliation, when they believe that their safety or health is at risk."

The newly designed poster informs workers of their right to request an OSHA inspection of their workplaces, receive information and training on job hazards, report a work-related injury or illness, and raise safety and health concerns with their employer or OSHAwithout being retaliated against. The poster also informs employers of their legal obligation to provide a safe workplace. In addition, it has been updated to include the new reporting obligations for employers, who must now report every fatality and every hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye.


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


"According to the National Safety Council, April is National Traffic crashes are the leading cause of workplace death. With one in four crashes estimated to involve cell phone use, we need to be concerned. Join NSC in educating your workers on the risks of driver cell phone use. Calls kill - it doesn't matter if a driver is talking on a handheld or hands-free device. More than 30 studies show hands-free doesn't make a driver any safer - the brain remains distracted by the conversation.”

Please join in with our nation and with the University of Dayton community during the month of April and place a renewed focus on the safety of others as well as on our own personal safety.  You can start by educating yourself on the information provided below by the National Safety Council and then begin a conversation with your family, friends, and co-workers about distracted driving and cell phone use. 


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Dont Assume the Driver Sees You
Don't Assume the Driver See You

Just Not Worth it
Focused Driver Challenge

Just Not Worth It
Just Not Worth It

Safety Talk and Factsheets:

Parking Lot Safety
5 Minute Talk - Parking Lot Safety

Habits Working Breaking
Factsheet: Habits Worth Breaking

Hands Free Myth
Factsheet: Hands Free Myth

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.  Working together, we can reduce the tragedies caused by distracted drivers using cell phones.

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