In the School of Engineering Education (ENE), Safety is critically important in everything that we do. From our Research Labs to our classrooms, we must always keep the Safety of students, faculty, and staff the top priority.
There are three key areas of Safety within ENE: Office Safety, Lab Safety, and Classroom Safety. On the page below, you will find information that addresses all three areas, plus additional general safety information.
For any Safety concerns or suggestions for this web page, please contact Patrick La Petina at email@example.com, or 494-1503.
Office Safety is actually a complex process that can be easily taken for granted. All ENE office spaces will be audited yearly by the ENE Safety Committee (typically in Oct/Nov). To prepare for the yearly Safety Audit, below is an "Office Self-Audit" checklist and other Office Safety information to help you prepare.
The most common Office Safety violations are:
- Sprinkler heads unobstructed in all directions with no obstructions in a plane 18 inches below the head
- 22 inches wide clearance in office areas
- Diasy chaining of power strips
Right-To-Know Program and Training
The purpose of the Right-To-Know Program and Training is to:
- Provide employees with knowledge to understand the hazards of the chemicals with which they work.
- Provide a safer and healthier workplace for all employees.
- Ensure regulatory compliance with State and Federal Hazard Communications Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.
ALL ENE employees are required to have attended Right-To-Know Training. If you have not attended a Right-To-Know training session, please contact Patrick La Petina at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 494-1503.
There are 4 main items you need to know about the ENE Right-To-Know Program:
- Be aware of the existence of the ENE Right-To-Know Program and your rights and responsibilities in the program.
- Know the location of the ENE Hazard Communication Compliance Manual (located in ARMS B103 and on-line here).
- Know who the ENE Designated Trained Individuals (DTI) are with regard to the Right-To-Know Program (Patrick La Petina and Jeff Huddleston are the DTIs for ENE).
- Know the locations of the chemical inventory and MSDS sheets within ENE (located in the ENE kitchenette area).
Right-To-Know resources are available here:
- ENE Right-To-Know-Training slides (you still need to attend a Right-To-Know-Training training session if you have not done so).
- Hazard Communication Compliance Manual
- Other REM Resources
Lab Safety is primarily the responsibility of the faculty or staff member designated as person-in-charge of the lab. All ENE lab spaces will be audited yearly by the ENE Safety Committee (typically in Oct/Nov). Below are several documents to help you prepare .
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Binder
If any chemicals are stored in a lab, it is required to maintain a binder of up-to-date MSDSs for the chemicals that are in use in the laboratory. MSDSs are typically available on vendor websites. REM can also help with a MSDS search.
- Chemical Inventory Form (HCP-4)
Hazard Assessment/Appendix A3: Location/Template
The Hazard Assessment should be reviewed and updated annually or when new hazards are introduced to the laboratory.
Laboratory Door Posting
The Door Posting should be updated annually or when personnel changes occur in the laboratory.
- Eye washes should be flushed weekly.
- The area beneath safety showers marked by green and white tape should be kept clear at all times.
- Integrated Safety Plan Self-Audit Checklist
Classroom Safety encompasses three key areas: Emergency Procedures, Keeping Aisle-Ways Clear, and Limiting the Spread of Germs.
- Emergency Procedures:
- Keeping Aisle-Ways Clear: always be on the look-out for trip hazards and blocked aisle-ways that could cause students to trip and fall. Remember that aisle-ways must be at least 22 inches wide in office areas or 36 inches wide in high traffic and high hazard areas such as classrooms.
- Limit the Spread of Germs: here's a link to what Purdue was recommending during the H1N1 scare of 2010: Recommendations for Limiting the Spread of Germs
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- ARMS Building Emergency Plan
- Classroom Emergency Plans - College of Engineering
- Emergency Procedures - Purdue
- Emergency Procedures Handbook
- "Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes" (A 20-minute active shooter awareness video that illustrates what to look for and how to prepare and react to this type of incident.)
"Lessons Learned" Reporting
The College of Engineering has now implemented a “Lessons Learned” program. A “Lessons Learned” (also known as a “near-miss” in the corporate setting) is an event that may have resulted in personal injury, equipment damage, or reduction in system integrity — but DID NOT occur. If you are involved in or witness a “Lessons Learned” event, you are encouraged to anonymously submit an on-line form to report the event here. The lessons learned form is designed to help Schools and the College of Engineering prevent accidents by alerting safety committee members to potential issues.
Accidents Do Happen at Universities
- UCLA - December 2008
- Texas Tech - January 2010
- Georgia Tech - June 2010
- University of Missouri - June 2010
- Yale University - April 2011
- Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Video on Laboratory Safety
Workplace Injury Information
- Worker's Compensation: Steps to Take if You Are Injured or Become Ill on the Job
- Purdue Students - Where to Seek Medical Treatment
- Purdue Employees - Where to Seek Medical Treatment
- First Report of Injury Form
- REM Injury Portal