MEMBERS PRESENT: Richard Long, Katrina Doolittle,
David Shearer, Greg Phillips, Linda Perez, Jaime Marrujo, Chris Pennise, Jose Flores,
Angela Velasco, Jose Gamon, Thomas Reichardt, Louis Cabot, and Ben Woods.
The regular Safety Committee
Meeting was called to order at 3:35 P.M. by Katrina Doolittle, Chair. The minutes of the previous meeting were
Award presentation to Richard Long
Katrina Doolittle presented Richard Long with a recognition award from all members past,
present and Vice President Ben Woods Office for his dedicated leadership as
Chairperson on the Safety Committee. Katrina stated that Dr. Longs leadership
was instrumental in securing the adoption of the NMSU Guide to Laboratory Safety
and Environmental Health & Safety Policy by New Mexico State University.
Vice President Ben Woods addressed Homeland Security and Emergency Response
introduced Vice President Ben Woods and noted the committee now reports to VP Woods.
VP Woods thanked members for their participation on all safety issues. He stated that we must review homeland security
and emergency response internally and that it is important to focus on safety and
training. VP Woods stated that it is
imperative to take steps in order to prepare and respond to all levels of impending
VP Ben Woods asked members present for recommendation on pedestrian cross walk
VP Woods stated that the cross walks at ODonnell Hall and the Activity Center
at Stewart Street is a continuous problem. Several
recommendations were provided. He stated that
they have studied a few possibilities but nothing has been implemented, they want to do
something that gives positive results.
stated that EH&S created a web page to help departments maintain chemical inventories
regularly. She stated that this is
beneficial to everyone involved in emergency response or daily management of chemicals.
2. Emergency Action
a. Katrina stated that an Emergency Action Plan is required
of all departments on main and branch campuses. David Sheared reported
that approximately four hundred departments have submitted an Emergency
Action Plan; however, there are still critical areas that did not know
if they had a plan in place
Up-date on Emergency Notification System
a. Katrina stated that the best
solution for the Emergency Notification System would be the revised 911 system backed up
by a radio based network that is now in place. Bids
were placed and only one company responded with an extremely high bid of $60,000 per year. Katrina stated that it will go out for bid again.
Security throughout campus
stated that the Police Department is currently working on identifying areas that need
additional security. Special consideration is
given to biosafety level 3 laboratories that work with select agents. These facilities require that electronic locks
are in place and all entry documented. Building
security after hours is also in need of proper security control. The approach is to find a system that works in one
building and use it as standard format for the others.
There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned at 4:40 P.M. The next University Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled March 19, 2003
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