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New Employees: Defensive Driving & Safety Training Classes - Fall 2007

For departments expecting new (staff, faculty, grad, temporary and part-time) employees for the Summer &/or Fall semester, this is a note on the Defensive Driving Class (DDC) offerings for the Fall semester and is to serve as a reminder on the requirements for safety training. Hiring departments should provide a copy of this memo to new employees.

Defensive Driving Class Schedule
The DDC schedule for 2007 is linked here and is also accessible from the EH&S website ( This class is the National Safety Council Driving Course which fulfills one of the NMSU Policy requirements to drive a University vehicles. For the convenience of faculty, students, and staff, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides this training monthly. Currently (6/28) the classes are full (closed) through mid August, however we have added evening classes and a Saturday class in August and September respectively.

Classes typically include 35-45 persons and are open to the public. Individuals and/or departments should register via the on-line registration page (also on EH&S homepage). Employees will need to provide license information as well as departmental fund and index numbers for billing. Additional details on license checks, driving permits, policy and maps to the classroom are provided on the registration site.

Safety Training Requirements
All new employees should observe the requirement for safety training via the Employee Safety & HazCom Class. This class is presented at least every other week and is scheduled to coordinate with the New Employee Benefit Orientations sessions. This class is required under NMSU policy and is slated to help NMSU comply with EPA and OSHA obligations. Department managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their employees attend.

Please be aware that all NMSU employees that work with hazardous materials or equipment may have training requirements in addition to the Employee & HazCom Safety class. Again this includes regular, temporary, part-time, post-doc, graduate, student and any other employees that work in these conditions in instructional, research, lab, shop, art, or agricultural settings. The semester schedule of safety classes and registration is provide on the EH&S website.

Thank you.

David Shearer 646-3327
Industrial Hygienist,
Environmental Health & Safety (

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