MEMBERS PRESENT: Chris Pennise, Richard Long, Katrina
Doolittle, Greg Phillips, Linda Perez, Angela Velasco, and Tom Reichardt
New Members: Jose Gamon, Doug Parten (Special Events) and Tammy May
(Animal & Range Sciences).
Alternates Present: Bob Smiggen (Housing)
The regular Safety Committee was called to order at 3:35 P.M. by Richard
Long, Chair. Katrina Doolittle thanked
Tammy May and Doug Parten for attending the meeting and becoming members.
1. Committee selection of new Chair was tabled until next meeting again.
a. Richard Long stated that the new Chair position will
be tabled pending interim Vice Provost for Research, Miley Gonzales review on committees
functions. He will make a decision for new Chair based on the committees purpose.
b. Katrina Doolittle will provide information regarding
the Committee's role.
c.. Bob Smiggens made a motion to table the selection of
chair until next meeting. Jose Gamon second the motion, which carried unanimously.
1. Introduction of new members to the Safety Committee
a. Katrina introduced Tammy May representing Animal
& Range Sciences and Doug Parten to represent Special Events both areas are new
additions to the committee. Bob Smiggen represents housing temporarily, but will recommend
permanent replacement. Jose Gamon has been selected to represent Office of Facilities and
Services (OFS), replacing Chevo Chavira.
2. Tailgating was discussed.
a. Bob Smiggen stated that some tailgating activities do
not have approval. He stated that the consumption of alcohol is one of the major problem
b. Katrina motioned for the ASNMSU, Alumni, and Athletic
offices to submit the same activity approvals that other departments/offices on campus
have to propose. Tom Reichardt second the motion, which was passed unanimously.
c. It was stated that something has to be done before
the start of the fall semester. Richard Long will forward a memorandum to directors of
these offices asking them to route activity request forms for tailgating events.
4. Katrina briefly discussed training administered by Environmental Health
& Safety staff.
a. Katrina stated that she would like to develop a
safety training programs in remote areas through webbased learning
programs. She stated
that in the past inspections have been conducted at branch campuses and Ag Science Centers
every few years. Only recently has training been provided to Alamogordo and DABCC.
5. Proposed improvement of emergency notification system was briefly
a. Katrina distributed information describing a proposed
improvement of the NMSU emergency notification system. She stated that the notification
system uses telephones to relay an emergency message.
b. Katrina stated that Police has allocated $16,000 for
the initial implementation of the emergency network service and that Telecommunication
& Networking Services offers $5,000 per year for recurring costs.
c. Richard Long asked Katrina if this system does not
work what will be used as the back-up. She said the radio method in place now would have
to be the secondary support.
d. Tom Reichardt asked what actions would be taken to
notify satellite classrooms. Katrina stated that professors/instructors would be notified
by cellular telephones.
e. It was stated that other universities utilize a
public address system. Katrina advised that Goddard Tower PA was tested at Hadley Hall and
that employees inside the building did not hear the message.
f. Greg Phillips conveyed that the fire alarm at Skeen
Hall did not sound loud enough for individuals to hear inside the classrooms when doors
were closed. Katrina will ask OFS to have these alarms evaluated.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 P.M.
The next University Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled August 21, 2002.
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