In this issue of the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Listserv, September 5, 2018


1.    Emergency Plans in Place?

2.    Safety Poster:  UNL Emergency Procedures

3.    National Farm Safety Week

4.    Situational Preparedness – Dangerous Intersections

5.    Safety Shorts– Intersection Safety:  Cars, Bicycles, & Pedestrians 

6.    Fall Safety Colloquium – Ladder Safety for Everyone

7.    Satisfaction Survey

8.    Revised Training and Safe Operating Procedures



1.   Emergency Plans in Place?


September is National Preparedness Month, a good time to ensure you have a building/department emergency plan in place. The purpose of an emergency action plan is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies.  Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training, such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan, will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less collateral damage to ongoing research or the facility itself during natural or man-made disasters.


Putting together an emergency action plan that deals with specifics of your work site/building is not difficult.  It involves describing how employees should respond to different types of emergencies, taking into account your specific work site layout, structural features, and emergency systems. 


The UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness website contains a template (“Faculty, Staff & Depts.” tab, “Have a Plan” section).  Assistance and a fillable version are available upon request from [log in to unmask].  While the template is designed for developing a Building Emergency Action Plan, it can readily be modified to develop a facility or specific area action plan.


Does your department/area/facility already have an Emergency Action Plan?  Emergency action plans should be reviewed at least once a year and more often if necessary to reflect changes in personnel or other specific attributes of the area/facility. 


All workers should be familiar with the emergency action plan, including how they will be notified of an emergency, at least two safe routes of escape from the building, and where they can shelter-in-place if needed. In an emergency, people tend to freeze, so they need to know what to do without having to think about it—that means training. If workers have additional roles to play in an emergency, such as shutting down equipment or assisting disabled co-workers, and so on, they must be trained in those duties as well. In addition to regular review/ /retraining, make sure that all new workers are trained in the emergency action plan.




Emergency Planning & Preparedness: Building Emergency Action Plan

EHS Emergency Preparedness Safe Operating Procedures

  EHS Emergency Preparedness web-based training


2.   Safety Poster – UNL Emergency Procedures 


The UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness website has a number of resources of use to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  



The “Emergency Procedures” document pictured here, which you may have seen around campus displayed as a poster, is a handy reference for all workers to use as a periodic reminder of what to do in various emergency situations.  Faculty/TAs can provide this document as a handout during the course introduction or upload it to an online course for student review. This document can be used as a talking point in “toolbox talk” or safety committee meeting.  

Another useful resource for faculty and teaching assistants is the “Faculty Guidance for Incident Response” document.  Both documents are available through the UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness website.


  UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness

  UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

  UNL Emergency Planning and Preparedness FACULTY GUIDANCE FOR INCIDENT RESPONSE


3.   National Farm Safety Week


While planning for emergencies, those working in agriculture have unique circumstances to consider. There are a number of University of Nebraska-Lincoln “farm” operations throughout the state. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries, with a work-related death rate of 23.2 deaths per 100,000 workers annually.


The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is promoting September 16-22, 2018, as National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018. The purpose of this organization in general and the week, in particular, is to call attention to the hazards and risks of farm work and promote safe practices to mitigate those hazards.  Field research often involves many of the same hazards that agricultural work does.


The theme for 2018 is “CULTIVATING the seeds of SAFETY.” Daily Topics each focus on a particular hazard area:

         Monday – Rural Roadway Safety

         Tuesday –Health/Suicide/Opioids

         Wednesday – Child/Youth Health and Safety

         Thursday – Confined Spaces in Agriculture

         Friday – Tractor Safety

NECAS provides resources supporting each day’s theme, in addition to the vast resources always available online through their website.

The AgriSafe Network, another group focused on farm safety, is participating by providing daily webinars.  Review webinar topics and register at . The free webinars are from 12-1 p.m. Central Time September 17-21, 2018. 

Eleven U.S. Agricultural Centers, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), have produced safety and health videos related to agriculture and other outdoor endeavors. Popular topics are grain bins, heat illness, tractor rollovers, livestock safety and needlestick injuries.  These videos are available through the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube channel,

EHS provides resources on a variety of topics relating to safety while conducting agricultural/outdoor operations under the Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) heading Ag Safety.  Topics include: 

         Nebraska Guide G1770 Cleaning Pesticide Application Equipment 

         All-Terrain Vehicles

         Animal Feeding Operations

         Grain Bin Safety

         Harvest Safety

         Outdoor Power Equipment Safety

         Sharps Use and Handling with Livestock

         Skid Steer Loaders

         Tractor Safety.  

Other SOPs relevant to agricultural/outdoor operations are found online in the SOP categories Heat Stress, Landscape, Shops, and General/Other


EHS Ag Safety Safe Operating Procedures     

EHS SOP listing

NECAS National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018

U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers videos

AgriSafe Network


         Growing Safely Video Series

o   Chainsaw Safety

o   Fatigue Safety

o   PTO Safety

o   Farm Electrical Safety

o   Auger Safety

o   Rural Road Safety

o   Sun Safety

o   Unloading and Loading Trailer Safety…and more.


         Webinars ( are provided by AgriSafe and require registration, although there is no fee.

o   Manure Pit Foaming Webinar

o   Confined Space – Manure Pit Entry Webinar

o   Confined Space – Grain Pit Entry Webinar

          Anhydrous Ammonia Safety (OffTheJobSafety, 5:31 minutes)


4.    Situational Preparedness – Dangerous Intersections


Situational preparedness is so important that we will be looking at various aspects over time, as well as providing resources to assist you to “be prepared” for whatever situations you may encounter at UNL while driving, bicycling or walking. 


Intersections often are frustrating but more significantly too often they can be deadly.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “more than half of the combined total of motor vehicle fatal and injury crashes each year occur at or near intersections.”  22% of pedestrian fatalities occur at intersections and 44% of all pedestrian injuries occur at intersections. There are many potential hazards at intersections such as driver distraction while waiting for lights, walkers and bicyclists using the crosswalk, cars or bicycles turning across traffic, unfamiliarity with certain types of intersection such as roundabouts or T-intersections, and more. 


Everyone approaching or using an intersection at any time of the day should be aware of potential hazards and follow a few safety tips:


         Pedestrians should watch for vehicles that seem unaware of their presence, in particular, turning vehicles and conditions that might inhibit a clear view by the driver/bicyclist. Examples of when view might be inhibited would be bad weather, nighttime/low light conditions, sunrise and sunset, and signs, vegetation or other obstructions.

         Use traffic lanes properly. When turning, vehicles/bicycles should turn into the nearest lane of a multi-lane road.  Only move into another lane after signaling and when safe to do so.

         Avoid excessive speed that makes it difficult for your vehicle/bicycle to remain in your own lane when turning.  Do not accelerate into an intersection, as the light turns yellow, to attempt to “beat the red light.” 

         The right of way is determined and controlled differently in different types of intersection. Know how to safely progress into and through various types of intersections.

         Never assume you have the right of way, whether you are a vehicle, bicycle or are a pedestrian in a crosswalk. 




  National Safety Council “Focus on the Drive” Quarterly Newsletter

  Liberty Mutual Insurance “Professor Dave’s” Tips for Safer Driving

  driving tests  Crossing Paths: How to Keep Yourself and Others Safe at 8 Popular Types of Intersections


  U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian Safety at Intersections


5.   Safety Shorts – Intersection Safety:  Cars, Bicycles & Pedestrians 


This series features links to short safety resources each month. Provided this month is a resource related to intersection safety in support of the Heads Up! campaign by the Chancellor’s University Safety Committee to raise awareness of safe driving/bicycling/walking practices. There have been a number of near misses reported on and around the UNL campuses. 


         Intersection Safety   (DETD, Duration 13:24)

Intersection safety for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian-related to the types on intersections on/around campus and in the community.


         Riding on the Street:  Navigating Intersections | BikeSafe (, Duration 3:10)

Be aware of safe riding techniques.


NOTE: Resources provided are for informational purposes only.  Publication does not indicate an endorsement of a particular company or product or affect current UNL policies and procedures.


6.       Fall Safety Colloquium – Ladder Safety for Everyone


Mark your calendars now for the fall safety colloquium!  Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED), is sponsoring the next campus-wide Safety Colloquium, Ladder Safety for Everyone,featuring Dick Francis, National Safety Director, Little Giant Ladders. 

Everyone who uses, intends to use, or selects and purchases a ladder will find this colloquium particularly informative.

This event will be on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  Attendees may select the time that best fits their schedule:

         East Campus Union from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OR

         Hamilton Hall (Room 104) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

RSVPs are NOT required.  Previous colloquia are available online. Any questions may be addressed to Elizabeth (Betsy) Howe:  402-472-5488 or [log in to unmask].



  EHS Safety Colloquium Series


7.   Satisfaction Survey


Environmental Health and Safety is committed to excellent customer service and offers a Customer Satisfaction Survey as an easy method for the campus community to provide feedback on our services and staff.  By taking a few moments to complete the survey (, you will be helping us to identify areas where we might need to focus our attention. 


In order to effectively evaluate potential areas for improvement, please provide specific information or examples and your name and contact information.  We greatly appreciate your participation.


Please feel free to contact Brenda Osthus, EHS Director, at 402-472-4927 or [log in to unmask] if you would rather communicate outside the parameters of this survey.   


8.   Revised Training and Safe Operating Procedures 




Facility and Grounds Maintenance Operations: Chemical and General Safety

Changed the title to clarify that this training applies to grounds maintenance operations workers as well as facility maintenance operations. Removed redundancies, updated chemicals in use, and added Near Miss reporting information.


The following four courses were revised to remove redundancies, update chemicals in use, and add Near Miss reporting information:


         Custodial Services: Chemical and General Safety


         Housing Custodial Operations:  Chemical and General Safety


         Housing Dining Services: Chemical, General and Equipment Safety


         Visual and Performing Arts:  Chemical and General Safety


Safe Operating Procedures


  Ethidium Bromide Disposal

Added information indicating that if the lab performs acid neutralization, the lab should notify EHS.


  On-the-Job and Student Injuries

Updated contact information for reporting of incidents to Human Resources or for questions of the UNL Worker’s Compensation Administrator.




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