Annie Atiyeh (Physics - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kimberly Rogers (Human Resources - email@example.com)
Lillian McCollum (Chemistry - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hal Van Ryswyk (Prof. of Chemistry and CHO - email@example.com)
Elaine Guerra (Biology - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theresa Potter (Facilities and Maintenance - email@example.com)
Tony Pennington (EH&S Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mike Wheeler (Machine Shop - email@example.com)
1. POST 9/11 SAFETY ISSUES
Tony has acquired a video on "Mailroom Anthrax." Related information is also available on the CUC website.
New regulations under the "USA Patriot Act" are also available on the CUC website.
The Committee discussed numerous resourses that have been made available to the HMC Community since the 9/11 disaster. Tony mentioned that one major concern is that HMC has an open campus.
2. WORK STATION ERGONOMIC EVALUATION
Tony said that there are 3 steps involved in the ergonomic evaluation of a workstation. The first step concerns the employee's own self-evaluation. This is followed by the supervisor's evaluation. Tony will then negotiate any necessary work station changes, taking into consideration the implied costs.
3. GREEN SHEET SAFETY TIPS
The committee discussed including safety tips in the weekly HMC Green Sheet publication. Suggestions should be e-mailed to Annie.
4. NEEDLE DISPOSAL
Concern about needle disposal has been expressed to several members of the Committee. Tony said that needles must be disposed of as class-2 medical waste. Since the disposal of this class of waste is relatively expensive, Tony suggested that care be given to make sure that only needles (not syringes) are placed in the "sharps disposal receptacles."
Tony will supply Annie with information on needle disposal and class-2 medical waste.
5. CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN
Hal said that the development of a Chemical Hygiene Plan for the College would involve getting the plan to the Committee, the Committee review of the plan, and the final formulation. Work is progressing.
6. OPEN DISCUSSION
A. Hal Van Ryswyk, HMC Chemical Hygiene Officer, advised the Committee that the College would be within regulatory compliance even if SCBA respirators are not utilized. Relative to the nature and conditions under which research is conducted here at the College, SCBA respirator units are not required.
B. A safety platform is needed for storage of chemicals on the Libra loading dock. Lillian will seek information on what type of platform will be best.
C. Theresa mentioned that, because of environmental/energy concerns, Halon fire extinguishers are no longer used.
7. Next meeting will be: Friday, January 25, 2002, at 11:00am in the Stauffer Lounge.
A computer record and a hard copy of this report will be kept in Lillian McCollum's office (2310 Jacobs).
If you would like a hard copy, send your request to Annie Atiyeh at firstname.lastname@example.org