Subject: Safety & Security Initiatives
From: Katrina Doolittle
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 08:42:53 -0600
To: NMSU ABCD@nmsu.edu

NMSU Safety & Security Initiatives for Fall 2005
Fire Safety, Emergency Alerts & Evacuations, Training, Safety and Health Fairs

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Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is pleased to announce the following Safety and Security Initiatives on the NMSU campus this fall.  An event schedule is provided in the attached file as well as on the NMSU Safety website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety.  Departments are requested to the review the Safety & Security Initiatives and events.  The initiatives include:

Fire Safety Information and Mock Room Fires
NMSU's Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will provide emergency response and extinguisher training to residence hall assistants and run fire information booths at the Residence Halls, Greek Complex, Corbett Center and Activity Center during first three weeks of the fall semester.   A mock residential room fire will take place on August 30 at the Pan Am south parking lot and repeated on September 21 and 22 just south of the Greek Complex.  The Fire Department will furnish and burn a full-size model of a residential room inside an 8-by-20 foot metal shipping container. The model room will be set on fire in a scenario that could occur in a residential room or apartment, such as a cigarette in a wastebasket or tipping a candle over on a table.

Emergency Alert Testing and 'No Notice' Evacuations

The Emergency Alert System tests and 'No Notice' Fire Drills are scheduled for seven days during September.  Fire Department and EH&S will conduct fire evacuation drills at residential buildings, Greek housing, and several academic buildings. The NMSU Police Department will also test the Emergency Alert System, which can be used to automatically call phones in specific campus buildings. Additional information and a video on the Emergency Alert System can be viewed via the Security section of the Safety website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/emergency.htm .

Emergency Testing and Emergency Action Plans

As we will be conducting building evacuations, departments are reminded to update and post their Emergency Action Plans (EAP) in employee areas. This plan is established to provide information on what employees are expected to do in an emergency and where to go in an evacuation. Under NMSU Policy, each department is responsible for having and updating an Emergency Plan for their employees. Guidance is provided under the Policies section on the Safety website (at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/policy-link.htm ) and at the web page listed below.   Emergency Planning and Employee Safety and Hazard Communication classes are provided to assist employees in developing an EAP and procedures for general safety preparedness. 
Once the department has updated and posted the plan, the department coordinators should take a moment to update the information on the Emergency Plan web database at http://www.nmsu.edu/%7Esafety/policies/policy_emergency_action_plan.htm#EAP_database. Building monitors should also check and report any emergency safety devices such as exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke doors, etc., that are damaged, missing, out-of-date, or not operating to the Office of Facilities and Services for repair or maintenance.

Safety Training and Training Requirements

General safety orientations will be provided for new students, graduate and research assistants  during Aggie Welcome Week.  Twenty different safety training classes are offered throughout the year, nine are held monthly.  Classes in Emergency Planning and CPR are available at the start of the Fall semester.  All regular safety classes will be held in the Safety Training Facility, room 110 of Academic Research Center, Building C, located near the intersection of Locust and Standley Drive. Registration is requested for all classes, please sign up online at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/training-link.htm .

For information on required training for new faculty, staff and student employees, please check the Training Requirement section at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/policies/policy_empl_train.html .

Safety Fair
On September 30, a Facilities Safety Fair will be held at the Intramural Field at Wells Street. This fair will feature vendor booths with the latest in personal protective equipment, shop safety, ergonomic equipment and first aid kits. There will also be fire safety information and waste battery collection.  For more information please visit the NMSU Safety website at
 www.nmsu.edu/~safety  or contact Environmental Health & Safety at (505) 646-3327.

Mini Health Fairs

Employee Health Center now provides free, on-site health screening including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels.  These and other health education activities are available to departments and are scheduled upon request by calling Employee Health Center at 646-6600.

Personal Safety Training
The dynamics of human confrontation and use of individual protection devices is provided by the NMSU Police Department.  For more information please call (575) 646-3311.

Events schedule can be found in attached file.