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Spotlight Tip of the Week
Environmental Health and Safety has received several safety concern reports regarding dangerous situations between drivers and pedestrians. The recurring theme of these reports was pedestrians in the roadway. Drivers: take the time to watch for pedestrians as the road may be the only plowed path for them to take. Pedestrians: stay on plowed sidewalks and use designated crosswalks as much as possible, even if it means crossing the street. If you choose to walk in a street as the only clear path, walk against traffic and be alert for approaching vehicles.
Here are some recommendations to help keep everyone safe.
- Slow down.
- Be patient - we are all in this together.
- Clear all the snow from all windows and allow windows to defog before driving.
- Allow extra time to get to your destination.
- Be alert for pedestrians that may be in the middle of the road.
- Use gentle acceleration and braking to avoid losing control and sliding.
- Allow extra stopping distance and start braking early.
- Stay on plowed walkways as much as possible even if it means crossing to the other side of the street.
- If there is no plowed path available on either side and you choose to walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic to see approaching vehicles.
- Wait until any vehicles have stopped before entering the crosswalk; they cannot stop as quickly on snow and ice and could skid into the crosswalk.
- Wear appropriate footwear and use traction devices that pull on over shoes to help avoid falls.
- Do not use earbuds or other similar devices that impede the ability to hear approaching vehicles.
While drivers and pedestrians share a responsibility to interact safely with each other, the pedestrian typically loses the vehicle vs. person encounter. Life is worth the extra steps to be as safe as possible so allow time to take alternate paths when necessary. Drivers, remember the added layer of ice, snow and poor visibility complicate all the same traffic situations and distractions of a normal commute - allow plenty of extra time to slow down.
U of I Parking, and Facilities do a great job working around the clock to clear sidewalks and roads on campus and remove snow as quickly as possible. Help them by staying on paths that are already clear of snow and out of unplowed areas. This allows them to continue their efforts efficiently. For more information on safety and snowplows at the university, visit the I-Safety website. For more information on the traction device program for employees, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website.
Let's all work together so everyone can arrive at their destination safely.
University of Idaho Emergency Response Team
The University of Idaho maintains an Emergency Response Team (UIERT) through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. This team’s purpose is to provide rapid response to incidents that threaten lives, property and/or the environment, including chemical, radiological and biohazardous incidents.
The UIERT, comprised of all members of EHS, is trained and equipped to handle most incidents that may occur on campus. All team members have completed, at a minimum, a 40-hour hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) course as well as FEMA training in Incident Command and are ready to respond to small and major incidents. The UIERT maintains an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) which is fully stocked and ready to use at a moment’s notice.
The team responds to about 9 incidents of any size per year; these are mostly small incidents. The last major response was in June 2018 for a major oil spill at the dairy farm. A dump truck caught on overhead lines, pulling down two attached power poles which had 3 transformers on each and resulted in a spill of approximately 100 gallons total of mineral oil. The team worked long hours in the sun to capture the spilled oil from the pavement and dig up barrels of contaminated soil to protect the environment.
The team also has an agreement with the City of Moscow to respond to other incidents in the city as requested. This service is activated as needed by the Incident Commander acting for the City of Moscow and may be initiated by calling 911.The team continuously collaborates with the state of Idaho Fire Marshal, Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and Washington State University to share information, plan incident responses and participate in training.
Emergency Numbers for: Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls Campuses
- Campus Security (24/7): 208-885-7054
- Environmental Health & Safety: 208-885-6524
- Facilities Services (office hours): 208-885-6246
- Facilities Services (after hours): 208-885-6271
- Parking and Transportation Services: 208-885-6424
- Public Safety and Security: 208-885-2254
- Recorded Emergency Updates: 208-885-1010
- Safe Walk (24/7): 208-885-7054 or 208-874-7550 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vehicle Assistance (Pit Crew): 208-885-6424 or 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 208-885-7054 (Monday-Friday)