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Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 00:41:20 -0600

Ref:    New Employees: Defensive Driving and Safety Training Classes - Fall 2008

For departments with new (staff, faculty, graduates, temporary and part-time) employees, this is a note on the Defensive Driving Class (DDC) offerings through December 2008 and is to serve as a reminder on the requirements for safety training.   Hiring departments should provide a copy of this memo to new employees.

Defensive Driving Class Schedule
The DDC schedule for 2008 is linked here and is also accessible from the EH&S website (
http://safety.nmsu.edu).  This class is the National Safety Council Driving Course which fulfills one of the NMSU Policy requirements to drive a University vehicles.  For the convenience of faculty, students, and staff, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides this training monthly.  Currently  (8/23) the classes are full (closed) for August, however we have two offerings in September, one during regular business hours and the other as an evening class.

Classes typically include 35-45 persons and are open to the public. Individuals and/or departments should register via the on-line registration page  (also on EH&S homepage).  Employees will need to provide license information as well as departmental fund and index numbers for billing.  Additional details on license checks, driving permits, policy and maps
as well as driving directions via Google Map to the classroom are provided on the registration site.

Safety Training Requirements.
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.  This class is required under NMSU policy and is slated to help NMSU comply with EPA and OSHA obligations. 
Department managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their employees attend.

Please 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, lab, shop, art, or agricultural settings.  The semester schedule of safety classes and registration is provide on the EH&S web
site.

Thank you.

David Shearer 646-3327

Environmental Health & Safety (http://safety.nmsu.edu)