MEMBERS PRESENT: Katrina Doolittle, David Shearer,
Jose Gamon, Greg Block, Stephen Lopez, Jeanne Curry, Jessie representing the Art
Dept for Spencer Fidler, Albert Parra for Lori McKee, Christine Pennise, and
Guests: John Balog & Dave Schoep, EH&S and
Stella Altamirano, Parking
The regular Safety Committee Meeting held in
Academic Research Center, Bldg C was called to order at 3:40 pm. Minutes were
unanimously approved with the following corrections; to correct the misspelling
of the word Guest. And Katrina Doolittle noted that the injury/illness report
for January was corrected from “..the numbers have decreased significantly” to
“… the number of claims decreased by 52% and number of lost work days have
decreased by 72%.
Vehicle Inspection Check List
Shearer stated that Doug Parten forwarded a check list of vehicle inspections
that Corbet Center, Special Events uses. David said that this will not be used
but the outline helps to create something that everyone could use.
Perez stated that Biology already has procedures in place. She said that the
Business Procedures manual states that departments should be tracking mileage on
NMSU vehicles. Katrina Doolittle asked if this was something new because she
was not aware of any new regulations. Linda said that she did not know if it
was new, but this was what she was told.
Discussions by the committee on vehicle inspection lead to the decision of
setting vehicle standards and having departments use these standards for annual
inspections of their vehicles throughout the NMSU campuses.
motion was made and seconded for standards be put in place for routine annual
vehicle inspection throughout NMSU campuses.
Shearer asked Stella Altamirano from Parking if HSS & Chemistry service areas
were marked. She apologized if it had not been completed because she was under
the impression that it had been done, but would check on it and get back to
Stella was asked if more green zones could be applied throughout campus and she
stated that they have regulations to follow and that she has been looking into
this area of concern.
Stephen Lopez was asked if they have been called for violators of the controlled
access and he stated that they have had very limited calls. He states that they
cannot site because it has to be clearly stated that access is prohibited in
these areas and that historically vehicles conducting business have had access.
Stephen stated that no one has told violators they are not allowed in these
areas. It was said that signs are posted. Katrina asked who is supposed to
inform UPS and others of their violation. Stephen Lopez stated that a letter to
violators from Bruce Kite, Legal Counsel, will discontinue the use of these
motion was made and seconded to send a memorandum to Bruce Kite, Legal Counsel,
asking him to write a letter to be forwarded to vendors, mail carriers and
others asking them to keep off controlled access areas.
Shearer opened the floor for nominations of new members. David nominated
Spencer Fidler, not present, because of the safety concerns associated with Art
motion was made and seconded to appoint Spencer Fidler from Art as a Safety
other nominations were made.
Injury/Illness Report for
July - September 2008
David distributed the Third Quarter
Worker Injury Report for July 1 through September 30, 2008. It shows
A 55 percent decrease in the number
of recordable claims from January through September of 2007 compared with the
same time period in 2008.
The number of claims with lost time
decreased 75 percent and the number of claims with restricted time decreased 50
percent during the same time period.
OSHA recordable claims decreased
approximately 50 percent compared with 2007,
OSHA claims with lost time or work
restrictions have decreased approximately 51 percent, and OSHA total days of
lost time or work restriction decreased 69 percent.
Several reasons for the improvement
were discuss. These include:
coordinator position dedicated to processing the injury reports.
dedicated position was created rather than shared processing between HR, EH&S
and Employee Health. Locating the worker compensation coordinator in the
Employee Health office with immediate access to the medical personnel has
greatly improved reporting accuracy.
additional safety training and short shop safety reminders. Over the
last three years the amount of formal training and number of (specialized)
directed training provided by EH&S to employees has increased, e.g. 2 new
classes for agricultural workers plus addition of quick 15 minute shop safety
supervisor awareness. Whether this is due to additional shop
training or emphasis by management is uncertain, but supervisor are clearly more
aware of the need for safer work operations.
Campus building inspections
David Shearer noted that so far this year EH&S have completed approximately
1,400 inspections, IAQ checks, and work investigations of various buildings and
public areas, including farm facilities and other NMSU campuses. David Shearer
stated that EH&S safety managers, Jose Gamon and Chuck Ryder as well as the
hazardous material coordinator, Henry Saenz, and the student employees were
largely responsible for these inspections, safety equipment certification and
He noted that in addition the EH&S specialists, John Balog, Dave Schoep, Sue
Terebenetz, Greg Vogel, and student safety inspectors have respectively helped
provide approximately 300 detailed biological safety, radiation, hazardous
waste, and chemical lab inspections.
Environmental Health & Safety
Katrina distributed pages of the
Environmental Health & Safety Policy from the Business Procedures Manual and
went over the deletions/revisions she had made to update the policy with new
names and the new role of the WC Coordinator.
Block from housing asked what is to be done about bicyclist when they are not
following the roadway rules. It was stated that this is an ongoing dilemma.
Greg was informed of a meeting scheduled for November 11th to discuss
bicycles on campus.
There being no further business the meeting
adjourned at 4:50.
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