Safety and Emergency Information
Contained below are multiple links, documents, and webpages which provide a wealth of knowledge to keep faculty, staff, and students at the forefront of safety and emergency information. As always, if you aren't finding what your looking for, please contact EHS.
Operating a University of Alaska Anchorage program (event, camp, course, etc.) in which minors (under age 18) are going to participate requires special considerations. The information on this site will help you think through the various items that need to be considered prior to finalizing your program. Each of these guidelines may not always apply to regular academic (class-room) courses. Please contact our office if you need assistance with your program structure or procedures.
If planning an event or program in which minors will be involved, this checklist examines the many aspects needing consideration during the planning stages: Minors in UA Programs
If the event is a camp, there is more specific information which is required by Risk Management. This information can be found here: Camps for Minors & Risk Assessment for Camps
If you are organizing and event in which chaperones will be utilized for minors, the guideline can be found here: Chaperone Guidelines for UA Events
In addition, children and minors are allowed in the workplace. There are certain restrictions that must be adhered to though, and they can be found here: Minors in the Workplace
Alaska has a wide array of weather as well as the remote possibility of multiple different "catastrophic" events. If UAA will be closed due to any sort of weather or event, the information will first be posted on the main website. For more information on the current status of the State of Alaska, click the appropriate link below.
Emergency Preparedness Resources
The other useful links are to various agencies publishing emergency management information.
If you need to print off emergency posters or you aren't sure what emergency information should be posted, the above link has all the information you need to know.
Other Safety and Emergency Links
Travel in Alaska can be demanding and, if unprepared, dangerous. There are many factors to consider when traveling, whether for UAA or for pleasure; those factors can include weather, wildlife, remoteness, daylight & nighttime, mode of transportation, communication, or a host of other items. Being prepared is the best way to increase the likelihood of success wherever your travels may take you. Below are some excellent resources to maximize your safety and preparedness:
- UA Remote Travel Safety Guide
- UA Remote Travel Resource Guide
- UAA Vehicle Insurance & Safety Tips
- UA Transportation Safety Guide
- Alaska Webcams
- Auto Liability Self-Insurance Certificate
- Student Driver Risk Assessment Tool
- Web/Fax Access to DMV Records
- Vehicle Renter/Travel Alert
- Travel Abroad Leader Checklist
- Alaska's Road Weather Information System
- DMV Authorization for Auto Self-Insurance
- When to Rent a Car for University Business
- 511.Alaska.gov Road Information
The Department of Environmental Health & Safety is heavily involved with committees and associations both within the University of Alaska Anchorage system as well as in the public and private sector. Our personnel are always striving to provide the most up-to-date information to all of our customers here at UAA while simultaneously providing comments and feedback to law makers and regulators who have a direct effect on our workforce. We work collaboratively internally and externally to achieve a safe efficient workforce. Below is a list of groups we are currently involved with.
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Building Blitz Team
- Building Managers & Safety Coordinators
- Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (CCEE)
- Incident Management Team (IMT)
- Campus Safety Committee
- Chemical Safety Committee
- Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)
- Emergency Preparedness Planning Group
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Institutional Biosafety Committee
- Intelex Implementation and Users Group
- Statewide Risk Management Team
- National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
- National Safety Council (NSC)
- Post Disaster Damage Assessment Team (PDDAT)
- Radiation Safety Committee
Due to the on-going success of the FREE Spiky give-away program, funding has been awarded for the 11th year in a row!
WHAT ARE THEY AND WHAT DO THEY DO: Spikies are slip-on foot traction devices for use on icy surfaces and have more than proven their value for the past ten years at UAA. Many winter slip-and-fall injuries have been prevented and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs have been avoided due to Spiky use. Last year UAA experienced a few reported employee injuries related to slips and falls during icy conditions. Some of the injuries were severe and caused extreme pain and discomfort to valuable employees and, in addition, have cost many lost workdays. Most of the injured employees knew about the free Spiky program, but failed to either wear the Spikies, failed to pick them up from distribution centers, or were wearing them incorrectly (with the spikes pointing into their shoes or boots instead of towards the ground). The most commonly cited excuse for not wearing Spikies was "I left them in my car." All of those reported injuries could have been prevented if the employees had been wearing their Spikies.
WHO QUALIFIES: Free Spikies are for all categories of employees (regular, temporary, part time, and student employees) as well as students residing in the dorms. Statewide, UAF, and UAS employees assigned to or near the any UAA campus are also qualified to receive free Spikies. Sorry … the offer does not extend to contractors or community members who are not employed by the University of Alaska as recorded in Banner. Those folks can purchase Spikies or equivalent traction devices at many local retail outlets, including the UAA Bookstore, for approximately $18 per pair.
HOW TO GET THEM: New employees can pick up their free Spikies at Human Resource Services in the University Lake Building during orientation. Employees can stop at: Parking Services, in the basement below the Bookstore; the Wolf Card Office, in the University Center; at the Library Circulation Desk, just inside the main Library entrance; or the Maintenance Dispatch Counter, in the Gordon W. Hartlieb Hall. Students can stop by the main office in Gorsuch Commons to receive a pair. In addition to these regular means of obtaining Spikies, most Building Safety Coordinators have a supply for their building coworkers. A free pair of Spikies can be obtained by simply showing your Wolf Card. If the Spikies that you got in a prior year are still serviceable, please don’t pick up an additional pair as quantities are limited. Spiky distribution is ongoing this year and employees are encouraged to pick up their free pair before outdoor conditions become icy. Please do not ask for personal deliveries or sending Spikies through intercampus mail.
UAA COMMUNITY CAMPUSES: UAA community campuses and extensions should coordinate their orders through a single representative and contact Environmental Health and Safety with a list of employees and their winter boot or shoe sizes (use men’s numerical sizing). The Spikies will then be mailed to the coordinator. Other questions about the spiky program can be address by the EHS/RMS office as well.
ADDITIONAL SLIP AND FALL PREVENTION STEPS:
- During icy conditions, slow down and plan more time for travel.
- Most slips occur when you are in hurry and getting out of your vehicle or upon leaving a building when your feet are warm and a water layer forms under your feet. When getting out of your vehicle, place both feet on the ground before standing or stand outside the building entrance when leaving a building for about ten seconds to allow your shoes to cool down before walking.
- Most vehicles are equipped with hand holds which can be used to assist you with exiting your vehicle.
- Be sure to remove your Spikes before walking on hard surfaces in buildings as metal spikes on hard dry surfaces can be slippery.
- Pay attention to where you walk and avoid slippery areas whenever possible. Do not take short cuts through unmaintained areas even though others may be doing it.
- All UAA buildings have sand buckets stationed at the main entrances, so feel free to shake some sand on icy spots if UAA Grounds crews haven’t taken care of your area yet or after hours when Grounds crews are unavailable.
- Slippery conditions are most prevalent near dawn and dusk because of re-freezing and sand sinking below the new ice layer so be extra vigilant during those times.
Remember… Safety is Everybody’s Business!