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Learn about safety during full day of classes


September 22, 2010

Would you know what to do if someone in the office had a heart attack and you were called on to use an automated external defibrillator? Do you know the best exit to get out of a building in case of fire or know what to do if there is an explosion in a laboratory at the university?

These questions and more will be answered during a full day of sessions for faculty, staff and students at the Memorial Union on Sept. 30 as safety classes are offered in honor of Campus Fire Safety Month.

“This is an ideal opportunity for the ASU community to take some time out of their day to learn about campus safety. There literally is something for everyone from CPR/AED classes to fire safety training that is required of every ASU employee,” said University Fire Marshall Jim Gibbs.  

Among the sessions to be offered at the Memorial Union on Sept. 30 are:

• Fire Prevention & Safety: Learn about common violations and hazards, how to make work and study areas on campus safer, fire extinguisher classroom training, emergency preparedness awareness and emergency protocols on campus. Lessons learned in the class can be applied at work and at home. This training is required of all ASU employees. Ventana Ballroom B from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

• CPR/AED Awareness: Automatic external defibrillators have been credited with saving lives at ASU. Learn how to use these devices that can restart a heart and be briefed on the latest cardio-pulmonary techniques and updates. Ventana Ballroom C from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m.

• Laboratory Safety:  Those who work in labs are required to take this course that teaches procedures and safety practices in use in the university’s laboratories. The class is taught through a new CSI-style video that simulates a lab accident. Ventana Ballroom B from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.

• Personal Safety: ASU Police Department personnel will teach faculty, staff and students how to understand the campus environment more effectively and how to observe and maintain awareness on campus or anywhere in public. Ventana Ballroom C from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

• Office Safety: Learn how to make an office space safer and how to avoid common violations and hazards. Ventana Ballroom B from 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

• Means of Egress:  This session examines how to determine exit requirements, evaluate occupant load, chair/table arrangements in assemblies and exit/aisle width requirements. Participants will also learn how building requirements are different because of construction type and occupancy group use. If time permits, a few practical occupant load and exit requirement exercises will be conducted. Ventana Ballroom C from 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

Registration for classes is not required. Vendors will also give demonstrations of products and services at the event in the Arizona Ballroom and Ventana Ballroom A.  For additional information, email James Gibbs at JWGIBBS@asu.edu.