MEMBERS PRESENT: Katrina Doolittle, David
Shearer, Jose Gamon, Doug Parten, Chris Pennise, Michael Abernethy and Richard
The regular Safety Committee Meeting in Academic Research
Center Bldg C was called to order at 4:10 pm, but there was not a quorum.
on Department of Homeland Security Chemical of Interest Inventory
Doolittle gave a brief overview of the Department of Homeland Security Chemical
Facilities Rule stating that NMSU was granted an extension for compliance until
March 18, 2008. Katrina stated that many departments are actively working
to get chemical inventories in compliance before the deadline and that when the
information is received by EH&S it has to be evaluated for each
Shearer stated that there are ~757 locations listed as having chemicals;
Agricultural farms and Chemistry are areas of higher concerns. More than
half of the departments have complied with reporting deadline.
Access Control (progress to date)
distributed guidelines of the Establishment of Controlled Access Areas and gave
a brief discussion on the NMSU utility cart safety program. She also
stated that the Safety Committee is directly responsible for the established
controlled access. Katrina stated that this policy was approved by
Administrative Council and that it became effective January 1, 2008. She
stated that Police can issue citations for using motorized vehicles on
sidewalks and turf areas, but the extent of the fines are unknown.
Cart Safety Program (to be part of the above program)
stated that the second issue of the new policy is training for utility cart
drivers. The utility cart program was drafted to give departments a self
administered training program.
gave an overview of Attachments A, B & C of the NMSU Utility Cart Safety
Program. She stated that Attachment A is the Utility Cart Safety
Operating Procedures that each operator must read and acknowledge that it was
read by signing Attachment C. The safety inspections on carts are the
responsibility of the departments which is Attachment B that the department
head signs acknowledging that the cart is safe to be driven. The signed
documents are then forwarded to EH&S. Carts will be numbered with a
decal provided by EH&S so that they can be easily identified.
Discussions were concluded at