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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

2. OCCUPATIONAL INJURY

A wide variety of injuries can occur on the job.  At NMSU the majority of reported incidents fall into the following categories:

-Back injuries and other sprains/strains

-Slips, trips, and falls

-Cuts and abrasions

Injury prevention depends upon job-knowledge, using equipment properly, recognizing hazards, and a safe-work attitude.  Specific training, based on equipment manuals and written standard operating procedures, is required to obtain task and equipment knowledge. 

Hazard recognition is a learned skill of identifying where and how safety problems can occur.  Job experience and good observation are important characteristics of hazard recognition.  A person with a safe-work attitude has an ability which is developed individually and is continually reinforced by management.  Persons working with a safe-work attitude perform their work in a safe manner while eliminating known high risk activities.

Methods to prevent occupational injury include the following:

Don't take chances or shortcuts,

Know how to use hazardous materials and  equipment,

Take responsibility for personal safety,

Be observant,

When in doubt, ask!

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