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Fall 2013 Safety Training

  • (posted Aug. 28, 2013)

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is pleased to provide our 2013 Fall Safety Training Schedule via monthly calenders at  (announcement email).  A summary of fall semester safety events & classes associated with the fall safety initatives is at

During the fall semester, we expect to provide over 100 safety-related classes & instruction to over 1500 persons in an effort to help prevent injury, provide risk management, and comply with OSHA & EPA requirements.

Some of the training dates are tentative to allow some schedule modification for group requests. Our site includes Google satellite images and street maps of NMSU with detailed directions (map) to the safety training facility for those unfamiliar with the campus.


Safety Training Requirements

All new regular, temporary, part-time, staff, faculty, post-doc, graduate, and student employees on main campus should observe the minimum safety training via the Employee Safety & HazCom Class.

The Employee Safety class is free and is presented every other week at our training facility. The class is required under NMSU policy and is to ensure compliance with EPA and OSHA obligations for worker protection, emergency procedures and hazardous materials.

A number of staff, faculty, post-docs, graduate assistants, undergraduate employees work with hazardous materials or equipment and as such have additional training requirements beyond the Employee Safety class.

Further details on training obligations for those that work in NMSU research, shops, or agricultural settings are available on the safety website (link). Individuals and/or their supervisors should register attendees via the safety class registration on the EH&S website.


Special Evening Safety Classes

During the fall semester, EH&S will provide several evening (after work) and special safety classes for student employees and others that are unable to attend during regular business hours.

These include the following special classes

1. Defensive Driving during evenings of Aug 28/30;

2. Employee & HazCom Safety on the evening of Sept 6;

3. Employee & HazCom Safety on the evening of Sept 20;

4. Laboratory Standard safety on the evening of Sept 27; and

5. Homecoming Float Safety on Sat morning of October 12.


Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving

Maintenance Safety Blitz

On September 11th, 12th & 13th, EH&S will provide five 4-hr long refresher training sessions on maintenance safety for affected employees in the Facility Services, Housing, Special Events, Physical Science Laboratory, Corbett, DACC, and ARS/agriculture as well as other NMSU departments or locations with maintenance activities. 


Each session will include four 1-hour classes on the following topics:

Fire Safety
Fire Safety

1. Asbestos & Storm Water Awareness (dls & jk)
2. Distracted Driving & Controlled Access (jlg)
3. Fire safety, fuel & extinguishers (NMSU FD)
4. Root Cause/Hazard Review/PPE selection (jel)

A training matrix for maintenance workers are provided on the Safety website under training. 

Further details on the Maintenance Safety Blitz are at


Lab Safety Refresher Classes

In October we will also provide several laboratory safety refresher classes for the sciences (chemistry, biology, etc), and affected engineering and agriculture groups.  These refresher classes are to help ensure NMSU researchers comply with regulatory requirements for annual Lab Standard and Hazardous Waste training.

Please note that the refresher classes will only count as annual refresher training for those that have completed the regular Laboratory Standard and Hazardous Waste Management Safety classes. The refresher classes will not meet the initial requirements for training on those topics. 

Additional details on the Lab Safety Refresher are provided at


Pedestrian, Bicyclists & Campus Drivers

NMSU recently received the honor of being named a Bicycle Friendly University (the BFU award NEWS is at and EH&S continues the BFU effort to promote pedestrian, bicyclist, and driving safety (please see 


During the fall semester, monthly introductory bicycle training as well as a more advance bicycle Traffic Safety (TS101) class will be presented by NMSU-associated bicycle instructor(s).  This schedule and related information is posted at  As part of the NMSU community Bicycle Friendly effort, these classes are to help improve safety for bicyclists as well as that of pedestrians and drivers.


In addition, Defensive driving and Campus driving refresher classes are provided by EH&S instructors and are listed on the monthly schdule at  Distracted driving continues to gain wide attention and a review of Best Practices for Campus Driving is at 



David L. Shearer, Assistant Director, NMSU Environmental Health & Safety,