Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 17:37:04 -0600
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Ref:    Fall 2009 Safety Training and Defensive Driving Classes

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is pleased to provide the 2009 Fall schedule for Safety Training and Defensive Driving Classes (also on the EH&S homepage - We will provide over 110 safety-related classes this fall term and over 300 this year (2009) at our Safety Training Facility (map). Please note that some dates are tentative and that we restrict the sign-up for most classes to 30 days in advance to allow some schedule modification for group requests.

Safety Training

New employees should observe the requirement for safety training via the Employee Safety & HazCom Class. This free class is presented at least every other week. The class is required under NMSU policy and is to ensure NMSU compliance with EPA and OSHA obligations for worker protection, emergency procedures and hazardous materials. We also provide some training, and are working to develop online and alternate training, for distant campuses and remote NMSU facilities. New employees at these locations should contact EH&S for availability. 
Employees (staff, faculty, GAs, undergrads, etc) that work with hazardous materials or equipment, have training requirements beyond the Employee & HazCom Safety class. These include regular, temporary, part-time, post-doc, graduate, student and any other employees that work in these conditions in instructional, research, shop, or agricultural settings. Information on training obligations is available on the safety website (LINK).  If your group can not attend during the scheduled times/dates, you may request a schedule modification (30 day advance) for your group (8 or more persons). Individuals and/or supervisors should register individuals via the Safety Class Registration on the EH&S website.

Defensive Driving 

Vehicle Permits - The Defensive Driving Class (DDC) is a National Safety Council Driving Course, which fulfills one of the NMSU Policy requirements to drive a university vehicle (car/truck/van, see policy: vehicle use policy). For the convenience of faculty, students, and staff, EH&S provides this training monthly during regular work hours and at least one evening class (two night sessions/both required) each semester. The DDC classes often fill early, so please register at least two weeks in advance to ensure a reservation. Classes typically include 35-45 persons and are open to the public. Individuals and/or departments should register via the DDC on-line registration  (on the EH&S website). Employees will need to provide a department account index number for the class and license history check. 
Additional details on DDC costs, driving permits, and policy are provided via the above link and on the Safety website ( Also, you may wish to view the Google satellite image and street maps of NMSU with detailed directions and mileage to the EH&S facility (LINK).

Thank you


David Shearer, Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety,
Adjunct Faculty Geology DACC, New Mexico State University,
PO Box 30001 / MSC-3578, Las Cruces, NM 88003,
Phone: 575-646-3327, Fax: 575-646-7898