Best of Luck to Heather!

Today is Heather’s last day in the Office of Risk Management. We are sad to see her go, but wish her all the best in her new position as Director of Research Compliance in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies! We know she will continue to do great things over there!

Are you curious who is your new contact person in the Office of Risk Management for Heather’s projects? Give us a call at 214-768-2083 and we will help you get in touch with the right person!

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NEW: SCUV (Golf Cart) Safety Program

The Golf Cart Safety Program has been given a face lift!  Here are some of the most notable changes:

  • New name: the program is now called SCUV Safety. SCUV stands for Sub-Compact Utility Vehicle, and is more inclusive than “Golf Cart.”
  • New driver qualifications: All SCUV operators must possess a valid US driver’s license and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report.
  • New marking requirements: SCUVs must be labeled with numbers, which will be provided upon required registration.
  • New minimum safety features: All SCUVs must be equipped with functional headlights, taillights, mirrors, and reflective orange triangle.
  • New training option: The SCUV Safety Training is now available in an online format! You can still attend the in-person training, which is offered on a monthly basis, if you prefer.  The upcoming training schedule and registration form can be found here.

Driving and parking locations, operating guidelines, and accident/incident reporting remains the same.  You can find detailed information on the SCUV Safety website.  Please, call us at 214-768-2083 or email us at RiskManagement@smu.edu if you have any questions.

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Welcome Gregory Moyer!

The Office of Risk Management is excited to welcome our newest member, Gregory Moyer, our Occupational and Life Safety Manager.  He will be responsible for our occupational safety programs, including Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space, Ladder Safety, and much more.  Gregory previously worked all over in the world in the oil and gas industry and the private sector.  He’s a great addition to the team.

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‘Tis the Season! Holiday Decoration Safety

Help SMU enjoy the holiday season safely by following these standards for all indoor holiday decorations. Please contact the Office of Risk Management with any questions.

  • Do not interfere with fire and life safety systems. Decorations may not block, obstruct, or hang from sprinkler heads or piping, exit signs, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, or fire alarm pull stations.
  • Do not block exits. Hallways and doorways must be free of decorations, and cannot have cords running across them. Do not run cables under rugs or carpet.
  • Decorations should not cover more than 25% of the surface area of any wall.
  • Do not staple or nail decorations to the wall. Use tape instead. No decorations are allowed on the ceilings or hanging from ceiling tiles.
  • All electrical equipment and lights must be up to code. Electric decorations and lights must be UL listed and used in a manner that is compliant with the manufacturer’s recommendations and pursuant to rated application. Cords and strands must be free from damage, fraying, loose connections, or missing parts.
  • Do not plug lights into an overloaded circuit. A power strip with a fuse or integral circuit breaker must be used when extra outlets for tree lights are needed. Use of ground fault circuit interrupters is recommended. Multi-plug adapters are prohibited in university buildings. Extension cords are prohibited in residence hall rooms and apartments.
  • Unplug electric items when building is not in use. Do not just turn them off.
  • Live trees or garlands must be approved by ORM prior to use.
  • The use of candles and other open flames on campus is strictly prohibited except in specific circumstances. For more information, please contact ORM.
  • Efforts should be made to remove holiday decorations before personnel leave for the University Holiday closure.
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We are at the HR/CyberSecurity Fair tomorrow!

The Office of Risk Management will be at the HR/CyberSecurity Fair tomorrow, October 26th.  Stop by our table to learn about:

  • Trainings we provide;
  • Our new online incident reporting system;
  • The new international travel process;
  • Our Continuity of Operations efforts; and
  • Our office in general.

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in HTSC!  And there is a good chance we’ll have some treats for you as well….

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NEW: Biological Safety Training now available online

EHS is excited to announce that Biological Safety Training is now available in an online format via SafetySkills.  Biological Safety Training is required for all SMU students and employees whose work involves any of the following:

  • Biological agents, including but not limited to, those agents in all risk groups as defined in Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.
  • Recombinant or Synthetic DNA as defined by the NIH Guidelines for Research. Involving Recombinant or Synthetic DNA Molecules.
  • Dual use research of concern as defined by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.
  • Select agents and select agent toxins, regulated either by the Department of Health and Human Services or by the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood, and Other Potentially Infectious Materials, as defined by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

This training addresses biohazards, bloodborne pathogens, risk groups, risk assessment, biosafety levels, engineering controls, administrative controls, microbiological work practices, personal protective equipment, spill and emergency response, biological waste, decontamination, and more.

The online training consists of 3 modules, and it takes about 45 minutes to complete.  Of course, the in-person training is still available on a monthly basis.  You can find the upcoming schedule and registration form here.

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Europe Travel Alert – Updated

The U.S. Department of State issued a Europe Travel Alert on May 1, 2017 to alert U.S. Citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This alert originally expired on September 1, 2017, but has been extended through November 30, 2017.

We would like to encourage SMU international travelers to read and be aware of the contents of the alert.  Resources are available to you through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your destination city as well as International SOS to gain additional security messages about the country or countries you are in or traveling to.  Also, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

If you have any questions or concerns related to international travel, please contact:

  • The Office of Risk Management at riskmanagement@smu.edu;
  • The SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters at jwalters@smu.edu; or
  • The SMU Abroad office at abroad@smu.edu for undergraduate travel.
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Welcome Back! Training for Working in Research Labs

It that time of year again!  With a new semester upon us, there will be lots of new faces joining SMU research labs.  Please remember that upon embarking on your research endeavors, there are specific training requirements that must be met.  All researchers working in laboratories with physical or chemical hazards must take SMU’s Laboratory Safety Training.  Even if you have had safety training at another institution, it is still required that you take SMU’s version.  Also, depending on the nature of your research, you may be required to take other trainings such as Biosafety, Bloodborne Pathogen, or Laser Safety.  Don’t forget, we also offer Fire Extinguisher Training as well!  Please see our Research and Education Training site for more information. You may register for trainings here.

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Model Rockets on Campus

As we continue with summer activities on campus the Office of Risk Management would like to let the SMU community know that University Park Fire Department (“UPFD”) does classify model rockets as fireworks.  If you are planning any activities involving model rockets at SMU’s Dallas Campus you will need to obtain a permit from UPFD.  Information regarding the Permit Application can be found here.

Don’t forget that SMU’s Dallas Campus is close to Dallas Love Field Airport.  Activities involving items like model rockets may need to be reported to the FAA.  Contact the Office of Risk Management at 214-768-2083 or riskmanagement@smu.edu if you have questions.

Finally, be sure to fill out a Use of Campus Grounds Request if you are planning an activity on SMU campus grounds.  There is additional review needed for activities on the SMU campus beyond what is covered in this post, and the Use of Campus Grounds process allows for the proper review and approval needed for activities held on SMU campus grounds.

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Fire and Life Safety Management

As part of the recent reorganization of the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (“Facilities”), the management of the SMU Fire and Life Safety Program has changed. Facilities and the Office of Risk Management (“Risk Management”) are now working even more closely to keep the campus safe.

Campus fire protection systems are now managed by Facilities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding fire sprinklers, fire alarms panels, fire extinguishers, etc., please contact Facilities Services at 214-768-7000.

Other Fire and Life Safety duties, including evacuation drills, building inspections, hot work permits, and fire extinguisher training, will continue to be managed by Risk Management. You can reach Risk Management on our general line at 214-768-2083.

As always, in an emergency please call dispatch (214-768-3333).

If you’re unsure of whom to contact, feel free to give Risk Management a call at 214-768-2083, send us an email at riskmanagement@smu.edu, or visit us in Dawson Service Center and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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