VCSU Safety Training Archive

North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week

May 2013
North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 29, 2013-May 3, 2013.

Attached is information explaining the different severe weather conditions North Dakota faces during the summer months.

**In accordance with Severe Weather Awareness Week, the City of Valley City will be sounding the tornado siren on Wednesday, May 1st at 11:15am. Please be aware that this is only a city drill and not an actual event. Throughout the week, please review this information, visit the Emergency Management website, and mentally prepare yourself for a severe weather event this summer.

National Distracted Driving Month

April 2013
The National Safety Council (NSC) recognizes April as Distracted Driving Awareness month to remember the lives that have been lost and to bring national attention to the issue.

NSC 2013 Distracted Driving Campaign:
What were you thinking?
  • Focus on cognitive distractions
  • Cell phone usage while driving: Your brain can miss 50% of your driving environment while talking on a cell phone- this means a stop sign, traffic light, or pedestrian.
  • According to a Utah State University study, drivers talking on cell phones had a SLOWER reaction time than someone with a .08 blood alcohol content.

Office Safety/Cleanliness

March 2013
At VCSU we strive to offer our students, visitors, and employees a safe, clean, and inviting campus/workplace. We work hard to stay compliant with fire codes and to address any safety concerns in a timely manner. Attached is a document covering office safety practices and guidelines for your review.

If you would like an evaluation of your office/area/storage space conducted, please contact Jessica Frerich- campus Safety Coordinator and Risk Management contact (3-7710) or Ron Pommerer- Director of Facilities Services (3-7700) and we will be happy to stop by and discuss any safety concerns in your area.

Fire Extinguishers

January 2013
Please review the attached information at your leisure. There is a short video at the end of the presentation.

Starting this week, Valley Extinguisher will be on campus to perform the annual service of all fire extinguishers. They will be in and out of all buildings, including housing.


November 2012
Please review the attached information regarding Ergonomics.
  • Ergonomics: is the science of fitting jobs to people.
  • Ergonomic program: is a systematic process for anticipating, identifying, analyzing and controlling MSD hazards.
  • ERGONOMIC practices can help to reduce workplace injury, but cannot be effective working alone.
  • You need to take personal responsibility and protect yourself while on the job!

Incident Reporting

October 2012
Please review the attached information regarding VCSU’s incident reporting procedures. Please take away these KEY FACTS for reporting an incident:
  • ALL incidents, whether it involves a STUDENT, EMPLOYEE or NON-EMPLOYEE should be reported to the Safety Office: 845-7710 or via email to the Safety Coordinator.
  • Incidents should be reported (to the SAFETY OFFICE) WITHIN 24 hours of the event.