1st Quarter 2019 – Lockout / Tagout Affected Employees

Lockout/Tagout
Affected Employee Training

 

What is Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)?

Practices and procedures designed specifically to safeguard employees from unexpected energizing or starting of machines and equipment, or accidental release of hazardous energy.

Affected Employee Vs. Authorized Employee:

  • Affected Employee: One whose job requires them to operate/use or be in the area of machinery or equipment or which service/maintenance is being performed.
  • Authorized Employee: One who is responsible for the lockout/tagout of machinery or equipment.

What are the responsibilities of an Authorized Employee?

  • Assures that equipment and machinery are properly shut down
  • Apply lock/tags at the energy source to prevent accidental start-up
  • Verbally notifies all affected and other employees about the shutdown.
  • Upon completion, all affected and other employees are notified prior to the removal of locks and tags and impending restart

What are the responsibilities of an Affected Employee?

  • Provide needed assistance to the Authorized employee as requested to ensure proper shutdown and identification of isolation locations
  • Never attempt to start equipment/machines that have been locked out or tagged out
  • Never attempt to remove or tamper with locks or tags for any reason

What should you do if the machine/equipment that you need to use is locked/tagged out?

  • DO NOT Attempt to remove or tamper with the locks or tags
  • Contact the Authorized Employee – The name is located on the tag
  • If the Authorized Employee cannot be contacted, call the Authorized Employees Supervisor.

Why is LOTO Important?

  • It’s a Matter of Life and Death!!
  • Unexpected startup of equipment/machines during service or maintenance can result in serious injury or even death
  • 10% of injury occurring during service work are the direct result of someone else starting up the equipment or energizing the equipment
  • Don’t be responsible for injuring a fellow employee

 

 

4th Quarter 2018- Safety Rules

Safety Rules 

  1. Observe and follow all posted safety notices.
  2. The use of any tobacco product in any form is prohibited on all Nicholls State University properties including the main campus, Duhe Building, Chauvin Gardens, etc.
  3. No fighting or horseplay allowed in the work area or classroom.
  4. Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
  5. Evacuate in an orderly manner if the fire alarm sounds.
  6. Know designated evacuation routes from your floor and building.
  7. Know emergency phone numbers or access to them.
  8. Report all injuries and accidents to your supervisor.
  9. Report to your supervisor any equipment that is not operating properly.
  10. Do not run in the work area.
  11. Report unsafe conditions to your supervisor.
  12. Do not throw objects in the work area.
  13. Keep your work station clean and orderly.
  14. Keep floor free of litter.
  15. Place litter and waste materials in proper containers.
  16. Do not walk on wet floors and immediately wipe up spills.
  17. Keep passageway clear to allow easy access and exit.
  18. Keep desk, filing drawers, etc. closed to avoid hazards to those walking by.
  19. Return equipment and material to their proper place after use.
  20. Report lighting and ventilation problems affecting you to your immediate supervisor.
  21. Always read labels before using chemicals, bleaches, cleaning fluid, etc. that could be harmful if spilled.
  22. When working with hazardous chemicals, do not work alone.
  23. Use only approved cleaning fluids when cleaning machinery. Remember to allow for proper ventilation. Dispose of rags and waste material in proper containers and away from heat.
  24. Do not operate machines or equipment without proper training.
  25. Never leave a machine or equipment in operation unattended. Turn machine and equipment off before leaving the office at the end of the workday.
  26. Neckties, scarves and other wearing apparel should be secured when working around equipment.
  27. Notify your supervisor of any breakage or malfunction of machinery or equipment.
  28. Wear eye protection, respirators, or protective clothing in regulated areas or during functions requiring protective gear.
  29. Report frayed electrical cords immediately.
  30. Tape temporary electrical cords to the floor to prevent tripping.
  31. Do not overload electrical circuits.
  32. Do not use electrical extension cords as a permanent electrical line.
  33. Never turn on an electrical switch unless you know what it operates and have had the adequate training on that piece of equipment.
  34. Do not attempt to repair electrical devices unless properly trained to do so. Otherwise, report it to a supervisor.
  35. Keep flammable items away from electrical outlets, cords or other electrical apparatus.
  36. Use only properly grounded electrical equipment.
  37. When using university vehicles or your own vehicle for authorized travel, remember to use your seat belts and drive defensively.
  38. Only authorized drivers allowed to operate state vehicles or personal vehicles for state business.
  39. Do not text and drive.

These listed safety rules are not totally inclusive. They are intended as a guide to develop proper health and safety practices and procedures. Should you have questions or doubts about safe operations in the workplace, please contact your supervisor or the Safety Officer. Nicholls State University wants to provide a safe and healthy work and academic environment for its students, faculty and staff.

 

3rd Quarter 2018 – Drug-Free Workplace Policy

5.3.7 Drug–Free Workplace Policy and Related     Laws

Nicholls State University is committed to a safe and drug–free campus for employees, students, and visitors. Therefore, the University is opposed to the use and abuse of alcohol and any other drug for any purpose other than legitimate use. Employees must adhere to this workplace policy as well as the Policy Regarding Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Products detailed in the Code of Student Conduct. In conjunction with the National Drug–Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees are notified that the illegal use, possession, dispensation, distribution, manufacture, or sale of controlled substances is prohibited when on official state business, whether on duty or on call for duty, on or off the work site. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. By law, it is the responsibility of all employees to notify Nicholls State University within five days if they are convicted of violating any criminal drug statute at the workplace, while on official state business or while on call for duty.

Nicholls State University prohibits unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of any narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, or any other controlled substance as defined in Schedule I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C.812), and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15. The University prohibits the unlawful use or sale of any alcoholic beverages and their possession or consumption in any form on the University campus except in those areas where the president or designee has authorized the serving or sale of legal beverages in accordance with the provisions of the state and local law and ordinances and prescribed University regulations.

Furthermore, the Drug–Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101–226, require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

The 1990 Louisiana Legislature passed a bill which designates all state universities as drug–free school zones. This bill increases the criminal and civil penalties to deter the distribution, manufacture, sales and/or trafficking of illegal substances on or within a geographical perimeter around the University property. The drug–free zone includes all Nicholls property: main campus, athletic complex, John L. Guidry Stadium, farm and intramural fields.

Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.

Employees may be required to satisfactorily participate in an alcohol/drug abuse assistance program or rehabilitation program. Students, visitors, and employees are expected to adhere to all federal, state, and local laws.

5.3.7.1 Definitions

The 1986 Amendment of the Louisiana Criminal Code re–enacted R.S. 14:91.1, 91.2, and 91.5 to comply with the 23 U.S.C.158 concerning alcoholic beverages. In 1995 the Louisiana Criminal Code was amended as follows (excerpt):

For purposes of R.S. 14:93.10 through 93.14, the following definitions shall apply:

  • “Purchase” means acquisition by the payment of money or other consideration. Purchase does not include such acquisition for medical purposes either when purchased as over the counter medication or when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital, or medical institution.
  • “Public possession” means the possession of any alcoholic beverage for any reason, including consumption, on any street or highway or in any pubic place or any place open to the public, including a club which is de facto open to the public. “Public possession” does not include the following:

o    The possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage:

  • For established religious purpose.
  • When a person under twenty–one years of age is accompanied by a parent, or legal guardian twenty–one years of age or older.
  • For medical purposes when purchased as an over the counter medication, or when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital, or medical institution.
  • In private residences.

o    The sale, handling, transport, or service in dispensing of any alcoholic beverage pursuant to lawful ownership of an establishment or to lawful employment of a person under twenty–one years of age by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of beverage alcohol.

  • “Alcoholic beverage” means beer, distilled spirits, and wine containing one–half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume. Beer includes but is not limited to ale, lager, porter, stout, sake, and other similar fermented beverages brewed or produced from malt wholly or in part or from any substitute therefore. Distilled spirits include alcohol, ethanol, or spirits or wine in any form, including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever process produced.

5.3.7.2 Employee Drug Testing Policy

On August 29, 1997, Governor Mike Foster signed Executive Order MJF 98–38, which created the Drug Testing Task Force for the purpose of recommending procedures for the implementation of four drug testing programs authorized, mandated and/or regulated by R. S. 49: 1015, as amended by Act Number 1194 of the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, and by Act Numbers 1303 and 1459 of the 1997 Regular Session of the Legislature, which directs state agencies to develop and implement drug testing programs for public employees.

Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001–1021 authorized Nicholls State University to proceed with drug testing of employees. The content of this policy is pursuant to this Statute and to the Drug–Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986, the Federal Drug–Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug–Free Public Housing Act of 1988, the Louisiana Drug Testing Act of 1990, the Omnibus Transportation Employee Drug Testing Act of 1991, the Federal Highway Administration procedures, Title 49 CFR and part 382 et al., LA Revised Statutes 23: 1081 and 1601, and Executive Order MJF 98–38.

5.3.7.2.1 Applicability

This policy shall apply to all employees of Nicholls State University, more specifically defined as:

  • All current W–2 employees defined under Federal Law, whose job requires them to drive commercial motor vehicles.
  • All current W–2 safety/sensitive employees, both classified and unclassified as defined under State Law, and those applying for safety/sensitive positions, and all other current W–2 employees, both classified and unclassified, will be subject to alcohol and controlled substance abuse testing on a random basis or for reasonable suspicion, post–accident investigation, and monitoring for rehabilitation.
  • Prospective employees as a condition of hiring.
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Post Accident Investigation
  • Rehabilitation Monitoring
  • Pre–Employment
  • Safety/Security sensitive positions and promotions/appointments to these positions
  • Safety/Security sensitive positions – random testing

5.3.7.2.2 Conditions Requiring Drug Tests

 

5.3.7.2.3 Procedure

Drug testing, pursuant to this policy, shall be conducted for the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana), cocaine, opiates phencyclidine and amphetamines. Nicholls State University also reserves the right to test for the presence of any other illegal or controlled substance when there is reasonable suspicion to do so. The Director of Human Resources will be involved with all determinations and notifications dealing with drug testing, and will coordinate with the supervisor of the employee to be tested.

A certified provider chosen by Nicholls State University will perform testing services. The testing service shall assure:

  • All specimen collection will be performed in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  • Chain of custody will be strictly followed.
  • A certified SAMSHA laboratory shall perform testing.
  • All positive results shall be reported by the laboratory to a qualified Medical Review Officer (MRO).

5.3.7.2.4 Confidentiality

All information interviews, reports, statements, memoranda, and/or test results received by Nicholls State University through its drug testing program are confidential, pursuant to R.S. 49: 1012, and may not be used or received in evidence, obtained in discovery, or disclosed in any public or private proceeding, except in an administrative or disciplinary proceeding or hearing, or civil litigation where drug use by the individual is relevant.

Qualitative information regarding results, such as the identification of a substance, will be provided only to the designated MR07 who will report final results to the appropriate official. Results of the test will be released to the appropriate agency on a need–to–know basis. All drug–testing results will be maintained in a separate health file, with restricted access in accordance with Section 382.405.

5.3.7.2.5 Responsibility

  • The President for overall compliance
  • The Director of Human Resources for administering the program. All records will be housed and maintained in the Office of Human Resources

All supervisory personnel are responsible for assuring that all personnel under their supervision are made aware of the location within their department of the written drug–testing policy, signs a receipt form acknowledging receipt of pertinent information about the policy, and understands or is given the opportunity to understand and have questions answered about its contents.

5.3.7.2.6 Violation of the Policy

Violation of this policy, including refusal to submit to drug testing when properly notified to do so may result in: Termination of employment or other action.

 

2017 Annual Fire Safety Report

Nicholls State University

2017

Annual Fire Safety Report

Introduction:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions maintaining on-campus student housing to issue an annual fire safety report.  The Nicholls State University Environmental Health and Safety Department is responsible for creating the annual report.  The Environmental Health and Safety Department maintains the campus housing fire log and reports fire statistics annually in conjunction with the “Annual Crime Report” that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act.

The information contained in this report includes; statistics regarding the number and causes of fire, number of fire injuries and deaths, and the value of property damage.  The fire log entry, or an addition to an entry, shall be made within two business days of the receipt of information.  The fire log for the most recent 60-day period shall be open to public inspection during normal business hours.  Any portion of the log older than 60 days will be available within two business days of a request for public inspection. An electronic version of the Fire Logs and Annual Fire Report can be found at www.nicholls.edu/safety.  Information on each on-campus student housing fire safety systems, the number of regular mandatory fire drills, fire safety policies, education programs, as well as plans for any needed fire safety improvements is included.

Fire Statistics:

In 2017, Nicholls State University had no reportable fires.  See table below:

Year Total # of Housing Facility Fires Cause/Type # of Injuries # of Deaths Property Damage in Dollars
2017 0 NA 0 0 NA

Fire Log:

2017

Resident Facilities

Date Time Cause/Type of Fire # of Injuries Requiring Medical Treatment # of Deaths Related to a Fire Property Damage in Dollars Case Number
               

 

Definitions:[i]

Fire:       Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Fire Drill:             A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.

Fire-related Injury:         Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire.  The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Fire-related Death:         Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire.  Dies within 1 year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.

Fire Safety System:         Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire including-

  • Sprinkler or other fire extinguishing systems;
  • Fire detection devices;
  • Stand-alone smoke alarms;
  • Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights;
  • Smoke-control and reduction mechanisms;
  • Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.

Value of Property Damage:         The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity, including;

  • Contents damaged by Fire;
  • Related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul;
  • Does not include indirect loss.

On-Campus Housing Facilities Fire Safety Systems:

All on-campus housing facilities constructed since 2004 have an active fire monitoring system.  These systems include full sprinklers, smoke detectors, audible alarms and strobes.  Apartment buildings have additional fire extinguishers located within each kitchen unit.  Three of our housing facilities Ellender Hall (1967), and Calecas Hall (1972) and Babington Halls (1964) have upgraded fire alarm systems that include monitoring.  The remaining facility (Family Housing) does not have an active monitoring system, but has all other fire safety systems consistent with campus housing units. (See Table)

Note: One off site campus location (Theodore Duhe’ Building) does not have campus housing facilities and is not included in the fire safety report.

Common kitchens include wet chemical extinguisher units for range tops and ovens, in conjunction with an automatic electrical current disconnect if activated.

Sprinkler, monitoring systems and fire pump systems are fully inspected and maintained by an outside certified contractor on an annual basis.  Smoke alarms are inspected monthly by residence staff.

Listed in Table form are the Safety Systems in place at each of the University on-campus housing facilities.  Facilities include residence halls and on-campus apartment housing.

Residence Halls/Apart. Sprinkled Smoke Alarms Single Station not monitored Smoke Detectors Monitored by Building Fire Alarm System Fire Extinguisher Devices Fire Detection Devices Audible Alarm Strobe Alarm Fire Doors # of Fire Drills each Academic Year
Scholar Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Millet Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Zeringue Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Calecas Hall Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Ellender Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
South Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 0
North Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 0
Brady Complex Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Family Housing No Yes No Yes No No No No 0

Fire Drills

Mandatory fire drills were conducted at all on-campus housing facilities during 2017.  These drills were supervised and were conducted between the hours of 2 PM and 7 PM while the majority of students were present.  Fire Drills are conducted once a semester.

Fire Drills are coordinated by the Environmental Health and Safety and the Residence Life Departments.  The local Fire Department is notified of all drills and is encouraged to participate and to conduct post drill review.  Resident Assistants (RA’s) assists with orderly evacuation of the building, and direct students to the designated Emergency Assembly Area.

Fire Drills were conducted on the following dates during the past year.

Spring Semester Fall Semester Residence Hall
2/09/17 10/11/17 Ellender Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 ** Brady Complex
2/9/17 10/11/17 Scholars Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Millet Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Calecas Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Zeringue Hall
NA (Resident Hall Closed) NA (Residence Hall Closed) Babington Halls

** Brady Complex (Former La Maison Du Bayou)

Procedure for Evacuation of On-Campus Housing

All students receive a Housing & Residence Life Handbook when they check into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  Sections in the handbook are relevant to fire safety (see Fire Safety Policy).  In the event a fire alarm sounds in an on-campus facility, all residents and guests are expected to immediately evacuate the building through the nearest safe exit.  Each facility has a designated Emergency Assembly Area to which all residents and guests are expected to report.  A staff member will gather roll-call information along with provided information regarding the whereabouts of other residents.  This information will be provided quickly to the reporting authority on scene (Director of Safety, Director of Residence Life, University Police, or First Responder on Scene).  All evacuated individuals are not permitted to return to the building until an official “all clear” is issued.

Fire Safety Policy

Each resident receives a copy of the Housing and Residence Life Handbook upon checking into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  The following fire safety procedure is provided to all residents.

Candles:

The possession or burning of candles and tea lights is strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, including during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) will be sanctioned.

Electrical Appliances:

Electrical appliances must be U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and must not cause a disruption to the electrical circuits or disturb other residents. Students may not use toasters, toaster ovens, stoves, grills, electric frying pans, hot plates, space heaters, or any appliance with open filaments or heating elements in residence hall rooms. All coffeepots and irons must have an automatic shut off feature. The use of halogen lamps and space heaters is prohibited in all residence halls and apartments. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) may face disciplinary action. Microwaves and mini-refrigerators are provided in suites in Scholars Hall, Millet Hall, and Zeringue Hall. Students in Ellender, Calecas, and Babington may bring and use a small microwave oven and a small mini-refrigerator. The mini-refrigerator must be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. The use of surge protectors is required. The overloading of electrical circuits is a dangerous fire hazard and therefore not allowed. Electrical appliances and equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The University reserves the right to deny use of any appliance and/or to confiscate any unapproved appliance or appliance used in a manner contrary to University standards.

Fire Alarm Evacuations:

When building alarms sound, residents and guests shall evacuate the building immediately and gather in the designated evacuation location. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Alarms:

All occupants of a building (residents and guests) must immediately evacuate the building when the fire alarms sound. Students should report immediately to the designated gathering location for the building and report to the Residence Life Staff on site. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action. The setting of false fire alarms and/or the improper and/or unauthorized use of fire safety equipment (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit signs, etc.) compromises the safety of all residents and is prohibited. Burning any substance and/or setting fires in the housing areas, including lighting candles and/or igniting flyers, decorations, or other posted materials, is not permitted under any circumstances. Violations of fire safety regulations will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Equipment, Alarms and Extinguishers:

In the event a fire extinguisher is discharged in response to a fire, the discharged extinguisher must be reported to the Residence Life Staff immediately to ensure the extinguisher is refilled. Pulling a false fire alarm is a felony. Tampering with fire protection equipment and systems may result in criminal charges in addition to University sanctions. The cost of re-charging discharged extinguishers and replacing damaged equipment maybe split among all residents if the individual(s) involved in discharging or damaging them are not identified.  Residents found to be tampering or disabling smoke detectors will be subject to disciplinary action.

Fire Exits:

Fire exits may be used only in cases of emergency. Residents should not exit or enter through any exits other than the designated primary entrance(s) to the building. Use of fire exits at any other time will result in disciplinary action.

Flammable Items:

The possession or burning of incense, candles, fireworks in any form, ammunition, petroleum fuel, motorized vehicles, gasoline-fueled machinery, explosive devices or materials, sterno, kerosene or oil lamps, or any combustible materials are strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, even during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated, and the resident(s) will face disciplinary action. For safety reasons, ceilings, air vents, and light fixtures may not be covered by paper or other materials such as wrapping paper, fishnets, parachutes, large flags, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance. Nicholls State accepts no liability for loss of residents’ personal property due to fire.

Smoke-Free/Tobacco Free:

Acknowledging the clear scientific evidence that smoking—including the use of smokeless tobacco products and the effects of second-hand smoke—is injurious to health, and acknowledging the University’s desire to promote healthy living/working environments and a considerate community life, Nicholls State University is  a Tobacco Free Campus.  Violations may result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Education and Training

Staff Training in Fire Safety

Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants.  This training includes:

  • evacuation procedures to be followed when/if fire alarms sound
  • instruction in all designated gathering points outside each residential facility
  • procedures to report unaccounted residents to first responders
  • documentation to be completed to provide record of procedures
  • proper use of fire extinguishers, including hands-on experience (conducted by Environmental Health & Safety staff)

Resident Information

An evacuation plan and diagram is posted in each residence hall suite.

Each residential facility is required to review evacuation procedures at the first resident meeting each semester.  A review is required at each monthly resident meeting throughout the semester.

Future Improvements in Fire Safety

Improvements in Fire Safety are as follows:

  • Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants. This training is conducted prior to the start of a semester.
  • Handouts are distributed to each resident of each facility and include a standard set of informational materials distributed to residents as they check into campus housing.
  • It is important to incorporate the diverse needs of individuals when planning for evacuations. Faculty and Staff receive training on assisting persons with disabilities while evacuating during an emergency.

[i] Definitions from The Center For Campus Fire Safety

2017 Annual Fire Safety Log

Nicholls State University

2017

Annual Fire Safety Report

Introduction:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions maintaining on-campus student housing to issue an annual fire safety report.  The Nicholls State University Environmental Health and Safety Department is responsible for creating the annual report.  The Environmental Health and Safety Department maintains the campus housing fire log and reports fire statistics annually in conjunction with the “Annual Crime Report” that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act.

The information contained in this report includes; statistics regarding the number and causes of fire, number of fire injuries and deaths, and the value of property damage.  The fire log entry, or an addition to an entry, shall be made within two business days of the receipt of information.  The fire log for the most recent 60-day period shall be open to public inspection during normal business hours.  Any portion of the log older than 60 days will be available within two business days of a request for public inspection. An electronic version of the Fire Logs and Annual Fire Report can be found at www.nicholls.edu/safety.  Information on each on-campus student housing fire safety systems, the number of regular mandatory fire drills, fire safety policies, education programs, as well as plans for any needed fire safety improvements is included.

Fire Statistics:

In 2017, Nicholls State University had no reportable fires.  See table below:

Year Total # of Housing Facility Fires Cause/Type # of Injuries # of Deaths Property Damage in Dollars
2017 0 NA 0 0 NA

 

Fire Log:

2017

Resident Facilities

Date Time Cause/Type of Fire # of Injuries Requiring Medical Treatment # of Deaths Related to a Fire Property Damage in Dollars Case Number
               

 

Definitions:[i]

Fire:       Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Fire Drill:              A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.

Fire-related Injury:          Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire.  The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Fire-related Death:         Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire.  Dies within 1 year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.

Fire Safety System:         Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire including-

  • Sprinkler or other fire extinguishing systems;
  • Fire detection devices;
  • Stand-alone smoke alarms;
  • Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights;
  • Smoke-control and reduction mechanisms;
  • Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.

Value of Property Damage:         The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity, including;

  • Contents damaged by Fire;
  • Related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul;
  • Does not include indirect loss.

On-Campus Housing Facilities Fire Safety Systems:

All on-campus housing facilities constructed since 2004 have an active fire monitoring system.  These systems include full sprinklers, smoke detectors, audible alarms and strobes.  Apartment buildings have additional fire extinguishers located within each kitchen unit.  Three of our housing facilities Ellender Hall (1967), and Calecas Hall (1972) and Babington Halls (1964) have upgraded fire alarm systems that include monitoring.  The remaining facility (Family Housing) does not have an active monitoring system, but has all other fire safety systems consistent with campus housing units. (See Table)

Note: One off site campus location (Theodore Duhe’ Building) does not have campus housing facilities and is not included in the fire safety report.

Common kitchens include wet chemical extinguisher units for range tops and ovens, in conjunction with an automatic electrical current disconnect if activated.

Sprinkler, monitoring systems and fire pump systems are fully inspected and maintained by an outside certified contractor on an annual basis.  Smoke alarms are inspected monthly by residence staff.

Listed in Table form are the Safety Systems in place at each of the University on-campus housing facilities.  Facilities include residence halls and on-campus apartment housing.

Residence Halls/Apart. Sprinkled Smoke Alarms Single Station not monitored Smoke Detectors Monitored by Building Fire Alarm System Fire Extinguisher Devices Fire Detection Devices Audible Alarm Strobe Alarm Fire Doors # of Fire Drills each Academic Year
Scholar Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Millet Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Zeringue Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Calecas Hall Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Ellender Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
South Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 0
North Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 0
Brady Complex Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Family Housing No Yes No Yes No No No No 0

 

Fire Drills

Mandatory fire drills were conducted at all on-campus housing facilities during 2017.  These drills were supervised and were conducted between the hours of 2 PM and 7 PM while the majority of students were present.  Fire Drills are conducted once a semester.

Fire Drills are coordinated by the Environmental Health and Safety and the Residence Life Departments.  The local Fire Department is notified of all drills and is encouraged to participate and to conduct post drill review.  Resident Assistants (RA’s) assists with orderly evacuation of the building, and direct students to the designated Emergency Assembly Area.

Fire Drills were conducted on the following dates during the past year.

Spring Semester Fall Semester Residence Hall
2/09/17 10/11/17 Ellender Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 ** Brady Complex
2/9/17 10/11/17 Scholars Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Millet Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Calecas Hall
2/8/17 10/11/17 Zeringue Hall
NA (Resident Hall Closed) NA (Residence Hall Closed) Babington Halls

** Brady Complex (Former La Maison Du Bayou)

Procedure for Evacuation of On-Campus Housing

All students receive a Housing & Residence Life Handbook when they check into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  Sections in the handbook are relevant to fire safety (see Fire Safety Policy).  In the event a fire alarm sounds in an on-campus facility, all residents and guests are expected to immediately evacuate the building through the nearest safe exit.  Each facility has a designated Emergency Assembly Area to which all residents and guests are expected to report.  A staff member will gather roll-call information along with provided information regarding the whereabouts of other residents.  This information will be provided quickly to the reporting authority on scene (Director of Safety, Director of Residence Life, University Police, or First Responder on Scene).  All evacuated individuals are not permitted to return to the building until an official “all clear” is issued.

 Fire Safety Policy

Each resident receives a copy of the Housing and Residence Life Handbook upon checking into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  The following fire safety procedure is provided to all residents.

Candles:

The possession or burning of candles and tea lights is strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, including during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) will be sanctioned.

Electrical Appliances:

Electrical appliances must be U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and must not cause a disruption to the electrical circuits or disturb other residents. Students may not use toasters, toaster ovens, stoves, grills, electric frying pans, hot plates, space heaters, or any appliance with open filaments or heating elements in residence hall rooms. All coffeepots and irons must have an automatic shut off feature. The use of halogen lamps and space heaters is prohibited in all residence halls and apartments. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) may face disciplinary action. Microwaves and mini-refrigerators are provided in suites in Scholars Hall, Millet Hall, and Zeringue Hall. Students in Ellender, Calecas, and Babington may bring and use a small microwave oven and a small mini-refrigerator. The mini-refrigerator must be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. The use of surge protectors is required. The overloading of electrical circuits is a dangerous fire hazard and therefore not allowed. Electrical appliances and equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The University reserves the right to deny use of any appliance and/or to confiscate any unapproved appliance or appliance used in a manner contrary to University standards.

Fire Alarm Evacuations:

When building alarms sound, residents and guests shall evacuate the building immediately and gather in the designated evacuation location. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Alarms:

All occupants of a building (residents and guests) must immediately evacuate the building when the fire alarms sound. Students should report immediately to the designated gathering location for the building and report to the Residence Life Staff on site. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action. The setting of false fire alarms and/or the improper and/or unauthorized use of fire safety equipment (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit signs, etc.) compromises the safety of all residents and is prohibited. Burning any substance and/or setting fires in the housing areas, including lighting candles and/or igniting flyers, decorations, or other posted materials, is not permitted under any circumstances. Violations of fire safety regulations will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Equipment, Alarms and Extinguishers:

In the event a fire extinguisher is discharged in response to a fire, the discharged extinguisher must be reported to the Residence Life Staff immediately to ensure the extinguisher is refilled. Pulling a false fire alarm is a felony. Tampering with fire protection equipment and systems may result in criminal charges in addition to University sanctions. The cost of re-charging discharged extinguishers and replacing damaged equipment maybe split among all residents if the individual(s) involved in discharging or damaging them are not identified.  Residents found to be tampering or disabling smoke detectors will be subject to disciplinary action.

Fire Exits:

Fire exits may be used only in cases of emergency. Residents should not exit or enter through any exits other than the designated primary entrance(s) to the building. Use of fire exits at any other time will result in disciplinary action.

 

Flammable Items:

The possession or burning of incense, candles, fireworks in any form, ammunition, petroleum fuel, motorized vehicles, gasoline-fueled machinery, explosive devices or materials, sterno, kerosene or oil lamps, or any combustible materials are strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, even during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated, and the resident(s) will face disciplinary action. For safety reasons, ceilings, air vents, and light fixtures may not be covered by paper or other materials such as wrapping paper, fishnets, parachutes, large flags, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance. Nicholls State accepts no liability for loss of residents’ personal property due to fire.

 

Smoke-Free/Tobacco Free:

Acknowledging the clear scientific evidence that smoking—including the use of smokeless tobacco products and the effects of second-hand smoke—is injurious to health, and acknowledging the University’s desire to promote healthy living/working environments and a considerate community life, Nicholls State University is  a Tobacco Free Campus.  Violations may result in disciplinary action.

 

Fire Safety Education and Training

Staff Training in Fire Safety

Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants.  This training includes:

 

  • evacuation procedures to be followed when/if fire alarms sound
  • instruction in all designated gathering points outside each residential facility
  • procedures to report unaccounted residents to first responders
  • documentation to be completed to provide record of procedures
  • proper use of fire extinguishers, including hands-on experience (conducted by Environmental Health & Safety staff)

 

Resident Information

An evacuation plan and diagram is posted in each residence hall suite.

 

Each residential facility is required to review evacuation procedures at the first resident meeting each semester.  A review is required at each monthly resident meeting throughout the semester.

 

Future Improvements in Fire Safety

Improvements in Fire Safety are as follows:

  • Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants. This training is conducted prior to the start of a semester.
  • Handouts are distributed to each resident of each facility and include a standard set of informational materials distributed to residents as they check into campus housing.
  • It is important to incorporate the diverse needs of individuals when planning for evacuations. Faculty and Staff receive training on assisting persons with disabilities while evacuating during an emergency.

[i] Definitions from The Center For Campus Fire Safety

2017 Fire Log

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

2017

FIRE LOG

 

Resident Facilities Date Time Cause/Type of Fire # of Injuries Requiring Medical Treatment # of Deaths Related to Fire Property Damage in Dollars Case Number
0 NA NA NA 0 0 0 NA
               
               

 

 

Case Number:   No fire incidents reported.

2016 Annual Fire Safety Log

Nicholls State University

2016

Annual Fire Safety Report

Introduction:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions maintaining on-campus student housing to issue an annual fire safety report.  The Nicholls State University Environmental Health and Safety Department is responsible for creating the annual report.  The Environmental Health and Safety Department maintains the campus housing fire log and reports fire statistics annually in conjunction with the “Annual Crime Report” that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act.

The information contained in this report includes; statistics regarding the number and causes of fire, number of fire injuries and deaths, and the value of property damage.  The fire log entry, or an addition to an entry, shall be made within two business days of the receipt of information.  The fire log for the most recent 60-day period shall be open to public inspection during normal business hours.  Any portion of the log older than 60 days will be available within two business days of a request for public inspection. An electronic version of the Fire Logs and Annual Fire Report can be found at www.nicholls.edu/safety.  Information on each on-campus student housing fire safety systems, the number of regular mandatory fire drills, fire safety policies, education programs, as well as plans for any needed fire safety improvements is included.

Fire Statistics:

In 2016, Nicholls State University had two reportable fires.  See table below:

Year Total # of Housing Facility Fires Cause/Type # of Injuries # of Deaths Property Damage in Dollars
2016 2 Kitchen/Oven 0 0 500.00

 

Fire Log:

2016

Resident Facilities

Date Time Cause/Type of Fire # of Injuries Requiring Medical Treatment # of Deaths Related to a Fire Property Damage in Dollars Case Number
Brady Complex 5/01/2016 1:15 PM Unattended Stove/Kitchen 0 0 200.00 20016-00154
Family Housing 5/18/2016 1:00 PM Oven/Crayons 0 0 300.00 TBD

 

Definitions:[i]

Fire:       Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.

Fire Drill:              A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.

Fire-related Injury:          Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire.  The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Fire-related Death:         Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire.  Dies within 1 year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.

Fire Safety System:         Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire including-

  • Sprinkler or other fire extinguishing systems;
  • Fire detection devices;
  • Stand-alone smoke alarms;
  • Devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights;
  • Smoke-control and reduction mechanisms;
  • Fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.

Value of Property Damage:         The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity, including;

  • Contents damaged by Fire;
  • Related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul;
  • Does not include indirect loss.

On-Campus Housing Facilities Fire Safety Systems:

All on-campus housing facilities constructed since 2004 have an active fire monitoring system.  These systems include full sprinklers, smoke detectors, audible alarms and strobes.  Apartment buildings have additional fire extinguishers located within each kitchen unit.  Three of our housing facilities Ellender Hall (1967), and Calecas Hall (1972) and Babington Halls (1964) have upgraded fire alarm systems that include monitoring.  The remaining facility (Family Housing) does not have an active monitoring system, but has all other fire safety systems consistent with campus housing units. (See Table)

Note: One off site campus location (Theodore Duhe’ Building) does not have campus housing facilities and is not included in the fire safety report.

Common kitchens include wet chemical extinguisher units for range tops and ovens, in conjunction with an automatic electrical current disconnect if activated.

Sprinkler, monitoring systems and fire pump systems are fully inspected and maintained by an outside certified contractor on an annual basis.  Smoke alarms are inspected monthly by residence staff.

Listed in Table form are the Safety Systems in place at each of the University on-campus housing facilities.  Facilities include residence halls and on-campus apartment housing.

Residence Halls/Apart. Sprinkled Smoke Alarms Single Station not monitored Smoke Detectors Monitored by Building Fire Alarm System Fire Extinguisher Devices Fire Detection Devices Audible Alarm Strobe Alarm Fire Doors # of Fire Drills each Academic Year
Scholar Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Millet Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Zeringue Hall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Calecas Hall Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Ellender Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
South Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
North Babington Hall No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2
Brady Complex Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2
Family Housing No Yes No Yes No No No No 0

 

Fire Drills

Mandatory fire drills were conducted at all on-campus housing facilities during 2016.  These drills were supervised and were conducted between the hours of 2 PM and 7 PM while the majority of students were present.  Fire Drills are conducted once a semester.

Fire Drills are coordinated by the Environmental Health and Safety and the Residence Life Departments.  The local Fire Department is notified of all drills and is encouraged to participate and to conduct post drill review.  Resident Assistants (RA’s) assists with orderly evacuation of the building, and direct students to the designated Emergency Assembly Area.

Fire Drills were conducted on the following dates during the past year.

Spring Semester Fall Semester Residence Hall
1/27/16 9/10/16 Ellender Hall
1/27/16 9/20/16 ** Brady Complex
1/28/16 9/19/16 Scholars Hall
1/27/16 9/19/16 Millet Hall
1/28/16 9/19/16 Calecas Hall
1/27/16 9/19/16 Zeringue Hall
1/27/16 NA (Residence Hall Closed) Babington Halls

** Brady Complex (Former La Maison Du Bayou)

Procedure for Evacuation of On-Campus Housing

All students receive a Housing & Residence Life Handbook when they check into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  Sections in the handbook are relevant to fire safety (see Fire Safety Policy).  In the event a fire alarm sounds in an on-campus facility, all residents and guests are expected to immediately evacuate the building through the nearest safe exit.  Each facility has a designated Emergency Assembly Area to which all residents and guests are expected to report.  A staff member will gather roll-call information along with provided information regarding the whereabouts of other residents.  This information will be provided quickly to the reporting authority on scene (Director of Safety, Director of Residence Life, University Police, or First Responder on Scene).  All evacuated individuals are not permitted to return to the building until an official “all clear” is issued.

 Fire Safety Policy

Each resident receives a copy of the Housing and Residence Life Handbook upon checking into a Nicholls State University on-campus housing facility.  The following fire safety procedure is provided to all residents.

Candles:

The possession or burning of candles and tea lights is strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, including during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) will be sanctioned.

Electrical Appliances:

Electrical appliances must be U.L. (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and must not cause a disruption to the electrical circuits or disturb other residents. Students may not use toasters, toaster ovens, stoves, grills, electric frying pans, hot plates, space heaters, or any appliance with open filaments or heating elements in residence hall rooms. All coffeepots and irons must have an automatic shut off feature. The use of halogen lamps and space heaters is prohibited in all residence halls and apartments. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated and the resident(s) may face disciplinary action. Microwaves and mini-refrigerators are provided in suites in Scholars Hall, Millet Hall, and Zeringue Hall. Students in Ellender, Calecas, and Babington may bring and use a small microwave oven and a small mini-refrigerator. The mini-refrigerator must be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. The use of surge protectors is required. The overloading of electrical circuits is a dangerous fire hazard and therefore not allowed. Electrical appliances and equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The University reserves the right to deny use of any appliance and/or to confiscate any unapproved appliance or appliance used in a manner contrary to University standards.

Fire Alarm Evacuations:

When building alarms sound, residents and guests shall evacuate the building immediately and gather in the designated evacuation location. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Alarms:

All occupants of a building (residents and guests) must immediately evacuate the building when the fire alarms sound. Students should report immediately to the designated gathering location for the building and report to the Residence Life Staff on site. Upon arrival at the designated evacuation location, the residents must check in with the staff on site to confirm the resident’s presence and safety. Failure to immediately evacuate the building, gather in the designated location, and/or check in with staff on site will result in disciplinary action. The setting of false fire alarms and/or the improper and/or unauthorized use of fire safety equipment (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit signs, etc.) compromises the safety of all residents and is prohibited. Burning any substance and/or setting fires in the housing areas, including lighting candles and/or igniting flyers, decorations, or other posted materials, is not permitted under any circumstances. Violations of fire safety regulations will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Equipment, Alarms and Extinguishers:

In the event a fire extinguisher is discharged in response to a fire, the discharged extinguisher must be reported to the Residence Life Staff immediately to ensure the extinguisher is refilled. Pulling a false fire alarm is a felony. Tampering with fire protection equipment and systems may result in criminal charges in addition to University sanctions. The cost of re-charging discharged extinguishers and replacing damaged equipment maybe split among all residents if the individual(s) involved in discharging or damaging them are not identified.  Residents found to be tampering or disabling smoke detectors will be subject to disciplinary action.

Fire Exits:

Fire exits may be used only in cases of emergency. Residents should not exit or enter through any exits other than the designated primary entrance(s) to the building. Use of fire exits at any other time will result in disciplinary action.

Flammable Items:

The possession or burning of incense, candles, fireworks in any form, ammunition, petroleum fuel, motorized vehicles, gasoline-fueled machinery, explosive devices or materials, sterno, kerosene or oil lamps, or any combustible materials are strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments, even during a loss of electrical power. If such items are found, the items will be confiscated, and the resident(s) will face disciplinary action. For safety reasons, ceilings, air vents, and light fixtures may not be covered by paper or other materials such as wrapping paper, fishnets, parachutes, large flags, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance. Nicholls State accepts no liability for loss of residents’ personal property due to fire.

Smoke-Free/Tobacco Free:

Acknowledging the clear scientific evidence that smoking—including the use of smokeless tobacco products and the effects of second-hand smoke—is injurious to health, and acknowledging the University’s desire to promote healthy living/working environments and a considerate community life, Nicholls State University is  a Tobacco Free Campus.  Violations may result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Education and Training

Staff Training in Fire Safety

Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants.  This training includes:

  • evacuation procedures to be followed when/if fire alarms sound
  • instruction in all designated gathering points outside each residential facility
  • procedures to report unaccounted residents to first responders
  • documentation to be completed to provide record of procedures
  • proper use of fire extinguishers, including hands-on experience (conducted by Environmental Health & Safety staff)

Resident Information

An evacuation plan and diagram is posted in each residence hall suite.

Each residential facility is required to review evacuation procedures at the first resident meeting each semester.  A review is required at each monthly resident meeting throughout the semester.

Future Improvements in Fire Safety

Improvements in Fire Safety are as follows:

  • Fire safety is a standard component of training for all Head Residents, Resident Assistants, and Student Assistants. This training is conducted prior to the start of a semester.
  • Handouts are distributed to each resident of each facility and include a standard set of informational materials distributed to residents as they check into campus housing.
  • It is important to incorporate the diverse needs of individuals when planning for evacuations. Faculty and Staff receive training on assisting persons with disabilities while evacuating during an emergency.

[i] Definitions from The Center For Campus Fire Safety

2nd Quarter 2018 – Disability Awareness and Etiquette

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Approximately 57 million Americans have a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act was conceived with the goal of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of life, particularly the workplace and marketplace.  When we are disability aware and use disability etiquette, co-workers, employees and students with disabilities feel more comfortable and work more productively. Practicing disability etiquette is an easy way to make people with disabilities feel welcome.

Disability Awareness and Etiquette