Community College of Rhode Island
Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting
March 29, 2005
TO: Bill Mercer, Bruno Kurowski, Kathy
Twining, Manny Terezakis,
O’Neill Mattson, Barbara Legg, George Sousa, Jim Ellis, Janet Anderson,
Richard Robinson, Joanne Jacobs, Dennis Melander, Tracy Karasinski, Bill
Ferland, Dan Farrell, Jean Billerbeck
FROM: Stephen F. Marginson, Dean of Administration
RE: Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
DATE: April 20, 2005
Meeting called to order at 10:00
a.m. on March 29, 2005 at the Flanagan Campus
Attendees: Stephen Marginson (KC), Manny Terezakis (FC),
Joanne Jacobs (FC), Mary Pecchia (FC), Bill Mercer (KC), Dennis
Melander (KC), Bruno Kurowski (FC), Jim Ellis (KC), Kathy Twining
(KC), Lou Rainone (KC), Dick Robinson (FC), George Sousa (FC), Bill
Ferland (KC), Eylana Goffe (LC), Peter Woodberry (KC), Denise Yordy
(KC), Edna O’Neill Mattson (KC)
Bulleted comments require action.
Please be prepared to update the committee at the next meeting or by
date listed where applicable. Thanks.
Steve opened the meeting by noting
that there were a few guests present at the meeting. The first item on
the agenda was to discuss the bulleted items from the minutes of the
November 30, 2004 meeting. Steve discussed the bulleted items from
those minutes which required attention by various members of this
Sousa said that the contract for Honeywell is due July 1, 2005. At
that time, the dial-up phone which should ring between the Operations
Department and the Security Department in the case of a fire at the
field house at the Flanagan Campus will be discussed.
spoke about CPR courses to be available through his department when
the new budget is in place. Steve asked Jim to check the dates that
the CPR courses can be offered as well as how many people will be able
to attend each course and report back to the committee.
The next agenda item was discussed.
The fire at the Knight Campus has been determined to have been
deliberately set. The fire was confined to the storage of the Student
Government area on the second floor. Steve explained to the committee
that the rumors of this fire traveling through the electrical or
ventilation systems of this building were untrue. There are a few
suspicious individuals who are being questioned.
Kathy Twining asked about the second
fire alarm that was sounded that same week. Steve said that someone had
held a lighter under the smoke alarm in the men’s room near the daycare
which melted the alarm box and created smoke in the area. The rumor of
a gunman near the computer lab that day, however, is false. An
investigation of whether these incidents and rumors may be started by
the same group of individuals is being conducted.
Peter Woodberry, Dean of Business
Science and Technology was introduced as a guest to the committee with a
question about the fumes from the formaldehyde exposure from the cats
being used in the Biology Labs at the Knight Campus. Manny Terezakis
addressed the question by mentioning that Donald Fontes had an
individual complaint of a strong odor in the area. Though the cats used
by the Human Anatomy classes now are prepared with a much lower grade of
formaldehyde, the odor in question may have come from an individual cat
which may have been decaying. Upon notification of the odor in the lab
Manny checked the lab for the levels of airborne formaldehyde which fell
well below OSHA and federal safety standards.
Denise Yordy, Chair of the Biology
Department explained that her department purchased badges which when
they are worn show levels of airborne formaldehyde in the course of a
work day. Kerry Murphy, the Biology Lab Tech wore a badge as did
Patricia Wilhelm for a day and the levels were below OSHA’s acceptable
levels. Denise said that there will always be an odor in that corridor
near the labs, but that just because it smells bad does not mean it is
Assistant Professor, Eylana Goffe
who was also a guest of this committee said there are very few
complaints in the area since they have been using the lower grade
formaldehyde soaked cats. Eylana works at the Liston Campus and has
worn a badge for several hours with a low level change recorded as
Denise let the committee know that
the badges are available through her department to anyone who may want
to wear one to test for themselves.
Lou Rainone brought notes from an
email that Jodie Bluto sent to him for use at this meeting. The email
had to do with the ventilation through the Chemistry and Biology
Laboratory prep rooms. Jodie is in Room 3052 near the prep rooms and
says that the fumes from ether, etc. come through the vents into the
On that note, Steve handed out a
memo dated March 15, 2005 that was sent to the Physical Plant, Safety
and Security Departments which was meant to inform all of those
departments that Dr. Terezakis is the institution Chemical Safety
Officer and should be called whenever a situation develops that could
effect environmental safety.
The next agenda item discussed was
the Assessment report for Flanagan Campus Day Care doors and tile.
Manny explained that in December, 2004 the RIAL identified two types of
potentially suspect materials but no action is required unless CCRI
decides to change or renovate any of those areas.
Steve reiterated the fact that every
single person in each Physical Plant Department must be instructed that
neither, the doors, floors, ceilings, etc. are to be drilled in or
around the daycares.
Manny mentioned that the daycares at
the Knight Campus as well as the Liston Campus are said to be
asbestos-free since they are new additions to the building.
Steve opened the discussion of the
next agenda item of Asbestos Exposure from Doors and Manny updated the
committee. The latest round of testing done at the Knight Campus showed
no air-born asbestos in the doors that had been stored. At the Flanagan
Campus the doors being stored and removed showed levels that were below
the acceptable limits of asbestos in the air. Manny said that as long
as we have the older doors we’ll have issues and concerns and that we
should be considering a gradual replacement of the doors as soon as
Manny discussed a bit about the air
flow in certain areas of the Knight and Flanagan Campus. Specific areas
such as Enrollment Services Dept. and specific classrooms at the
Flanagan Campus and the Biology Labs at the Knight Campus were checked
to see whether sufficient air floor is achieved in those areas. Air
flow which is measured in CFM’s (cubic feet per minute) was determined to
be sufficient in all areas and where it needed to be increased it was.
And, in all cases the actual measured air flow exceeded the design
Joanne Jacobs mentioned a memo that
Doris Fournier sent to Steve regarding an apparent allergic reaction at
the Flanagan Campus. Doris claimed that since March 10, 2005 she had
four separate occasions that she entered the building feeling fine and
within two hours encountered allergy-like symptoms in her sinuses/eyes.
Steve let Joanne know that he
responded to Doris’ letter that there has been nothing new used in the
way of spraying, cleaning products, etc. that he could offer as a reason
for her reaction and that he had attached an article he saw in the
newspaper explaining how this season there is a high incidence of mold
in the air itself that may be the culprit.
Manny asked to go on record as being
against any spraying in any building. Steve said every other means of
extermination is to be used in lieu of spraying.
Edna Mattson asked how the mouse
problem was going at Liston. Steve said it has diminished
dramatically. Bill Mercer said pest control is at the campus weekly.
Bruno Kurowski asked about the storm
drain which has been washed out on the North side of the Flanagan Campus
Bruno also asked whether those
people working in the ceiling throughout the building could be sure that
the ceiling tiles be replaced by the end of the day.
This meeting was adjourned at