18. SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Several policies relate to protecting your environment, health and safety.
You should be aware of their content and follow the procedures as
appropriate. Several recent policies are briefly discussed here. Refer to
the policy section available on the web (safety.nmsu.edu) for complete
Prior Approval/Safety Review
All activities involving unusual or non-routine use of hazardous or
highly toxic material as well as hazardous work activities and campus events
are to be reviewed for safety & approved before starting. Details &
Prior Approval forms are on EH&S web
(safety.nmsu.edu). Campus Activity request forms are at http://www.nmsu.edu/~activities/activityplanning.html.
Hazardous Material Shipping
Per DOT regulations and NMSU policy, all
hazardous materials shipped from
NMSU must be via trained,
Physical Science Laboratory personnel
(details are on the EH&S website).
Hazardous Material Use In Buildings
Hazardous materials use inside buildings is to be controlled to keep
exposures are below permissible exposure limits. Except in special vented
areas (e.g. labs), volatiles are restricted to:
- Unoccupied areas or occupied areas with additional ventilation, and
trained employees using respiratory or other protection.
- For more information, contact the EH&S 646-3327
All hazardous, infectious and regulated material must be disposed of through
or under the supervision of EH&S.
State law ($100 fine) prohibits smoking in NMSU buildings and vehicles
[update 2007]. NMSU
policy prohibits smoking in and within 25í of the entries to NMSU
buildings [updated 2006]. Smoking is also prohibited in all NMSU vehicles. Smoking is only
allowed in designated smoking areas.
Nondiscrimination & Reporting Hazards
Employees who report environmental, health or safety problems to internal
departments are protected from discrimination. (see EH&S web for details)
EH&S maintains an open door policy to resolve these issues. (Link to file report via EH&S suggestion form). Fraud, safety, and other concerns can also be reported anonymously to the Audit Office
via the Ethicspoint's website or by phone (additional information) (Link for confidential reporting via Ethicspoint website).
In order to reduce the associated risks and comply with wastewater
discharge requirements, NMSU must reduce its use of non-essential elemental
mercury and mercury devices. The remaining materials are to be safe guarded
from spillage and listed on the NMSU HazCom inventory system (details).
The NMSU utility cart safety program requires that all golf and utility carts used on campus roads and walkways be registered and tagged. They are to be inspected to ensure that they have the proper safety equipment (lights, signals, horn, brakelights, etc.). In addition all users must have a NMSU cart operator permit to drive these units (see policy on website).
Driving University Vehicles
Prospective drivers of University vehicles must have a valid driverís
license and will undergo a motor vehicle records check. Out of state license
holders will be required to provide a certified copy of your driving history
before a NMSU permit is issued. You will also be required to attend a
National Safety Councilís defensive driving course (or equivalent). This
class is provided monthly by EH&S. As noted above utility cart operators
must also have an operators permit.
Controlled Access Policy
Except in emergencies, for specific projects, and on controlled
routes all cars, trucks, and similar large vehicles are restricted from
driving or parking on campus walkways and turf areas. Details
are provided in the
Controlled Access Policy on the EH&S web.. [update 2008]