Subject: Defensive Driving Classes and Employee Safety Training - Fall 2005
From: dshearer
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:01:51 -0600
To: "Distribution, ABCD" , hotline@nmsu.edu


Ref:    New Employee: Defensive Driving and Safety Training Classes - Fall 2005
For departments expecting new (regular, temporary & part-time) employees for the fall semester, this is a note on the Defensive Driving Classes (DDC) for the fall semester and is to serve as a reminder on the requirements for employee safety training. 

The Defensive Driving Class fall schedule is linked to EH&S home page at http://www.nmsu.edu/safety.  The class is the National Safety Council Driving Course which fulfills one of the NMSU Policy requirements to drive a University vehicles (see policy: vehicle use policy).  For the convenience of faculty, students, and staff, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides this training monthly during regular work hours and at least one Saturday each semester.

Classes often fill early, 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 on-line registration page  (on the EH&S website).  Employees will need to provide a department account (Banner FOAPAL index) number.  Additional details on driving permits, policy and maps to the classroom are provided via the above link.

Information on Safety Training Requirements is also provided via a link from the EH&S home page (noted above). All new employees should observe the requirement for safety training via the Employee Safety & HazCom Class.  This class is presented at least every other week and is scheduled to coordinate with the New Employee Benefit Orientations sessions.  This class is required under NMSU policy and is slated to help NMSU comply with EPA and OSHA obligations. This requirement is noted on the employment letter to new full time employees, but also applies to all new temporary, part-time and other employees e.g. post-doc, graduate, under-graduate, branch, extension, and institute employees. Previously hired employees are also welcome.

Department heads and other supervisors should be aware that all NMSU employees that work with hazardous materials or equipment may have training requirements in addition to the Employee & HazCom Safety class.  Again this includes regular, temporary, part-time, post-doc, graduate, student and any other employees that work in these conditions in instructional, research, shop, or agricultural settings.  The semester schedule of safety classes and registration is provide on the EH&S web site.

Thank you.

David Shearer
Industrial Hygienist, Environmental Health & Safety, 646-3327

NMSU Departments are requested to print and post this notice for employee information.