Note: Each participant who attends all six 3-hour workshops, will receive a certificate of completion.

Total Workshop Time: 6 - 3-Hour Sessions

Pre-requisites: None


We, as part of James Madison University, have a responsibility in maintaining a safe work environment.  Our campus buildings encompass offices, classrooms, dorms, dining areas and more. With such a vast number of people and buildings, we need to keep safety in the forefront of our minds. In this workshop series, we intend to put emergency preparedness and safety on automatic to keep all of our JMU community safe. As a "Safety Champion" you will gain a new perspective on safety and ways to respond appropriately to any emergency situation you may encounter at work and/or at home. This six-month long series will be capped at 15 participants. Each participant who attends all six 3-hour workshops, will receive a certificate of completion.

Session 1: Evacuation and Fire Safety

Our number one priority is to ensure the well-being of people by minimizing injuries and saving lives in cases of emergencies. Learn how to create evacuation plans for safe and orderly evacuation of personnel, students and visitors in the event of an emergency situation. Building occupants will familiarize themselves with emergency equipment and building floor plans. Learn when to evacuate and when to shelter in place in addition to assisting those with disabilities. Learn about fire safety and how to be proactive to prevent fires; learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

Session 2: OSHA and Workers' Compensation

Learn OSHA regulations and why it is important to you. What rights do you have? Where can you go for help? Learn about workers' compensation and how to report incidents and illnesses. What is recordable and reportable? What is a near miss? Learn about the Virginia Challenge and how you can help make JMU one of the safest places in the Commonwealth!

Session 3: Ergonomics, Ladder Safety and State Vehicles

I work in an office, why do I need to worry about ergonomics or ladders for that matter? Learn what ergonomics means in an office setting and how to make changes to create a safer environment. Many ergonomic factors cross various jobs; learn how it all relates. Ladders cause some of the most frequent incidents reported. Learn what you can and can't do when climbing. Lastly, does your department need to use state vehicles?  Find out what training is required before your vehicle request.

Session 4: Chemicals, Weather Related Disasters and CPR/AED

When we think of chemicals, we tend to think of laboratory facilities. What chemicals do we have in our buildings that we need to consider for safety? Learn how to read labels and find information on chemicals. In the second part of this session, learn about weather related disasters and how to keep yourself and everyone around you safe. The last part of the session will provide an overview of CPR and AED use.

Session 5: Active Shooter, Terrorism and Disaster Psychology

Learn actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding to law enforcement officers. Learn the various types of terrorism and how to best protect yourself and others. Disaster Psychology deals with the aftermath of any type of disaster, what emotions you or others may feel and how to deal with those emotions.

Session 6: Stormwater Safety, Cyber Security, Q&A, Award Certifications 

What can and cannot go into our storm drains?  Find out during the part one of this session in stormwater safety. In part two you will learn about Cyber Security and how it not only affects us here at JMU but at home as well. Lastly, any questions will be answered that you may still have from the overall series. We end on a positive note with presentation of certificates for those that have attended all six sessions.

Facilitated by: Kara Hill, Safety Training Coordinator, Risk Management; Roberta Cáñez-Jenkins, Safety Compliance Officer, Risk Management; Kristi Moon, Senior Benefits Specialist, Human Resources

Upcoming Classes

Workshop Classifications

Type: All Inclusive

Level: Fundamental

Competency: Administrative Skills

Series: New for 2021

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