Community College of Rhode Island

Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes

August 15, 2000


Bill Mercer, Manny Terezakis, Richard Robinson, James Ellis,George Sousa, Dennis Melander, Edna O'Neill Mattson, Kathy Twining, Barbara Legg, Robert Antonson, Donna Scattone, Joanne Jacobs


Stephen F. Marginson, Dean of Administration


Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Notes

Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at the Flanagan Campus

Attendees: Stephen Marginson, Manny Terezakis (FC), Edna O'Neill Mattson (KC), Richard Robinson (FC), James Ellis (KC), George Sousa (FC), Donna Scattone (KC), Robert Antonson (FC), Joanne Jacobs (FC), Barbara Legg (KC), Cathy Tessier (FC)

    1. Update given by Dean Marginson:
    1. Knight Campus Construction Project: The Knight Campus construction project should be complete by next summer. Student Service offices have been and will be moving over the next few weeks. After the relocation of offices, demolition of the 3rd and 4th floor areas on the West end of the building will commence generating a considerable amount of noise. We should see some significant changes by December.
    2. Providence Campus Construction Project: This project is in the design phase. 30,000 sq. ft. of new space will be added to the Campus, while 20,000 sq. ft. of existing space will be renovated; including classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, expansion of the Library and Student Services, and additional parking. Will go out to bid late fall. The Providence Campus project estimates completion for Fall 2002.
    3. Barbara Legg inquired if the addition would be a closed environment, relating to the air-conditioning system. Dean Marginson indicated it would remain open wherever possible. Also noted was the Metropolitan School being built near the Providence Campus. The College will be sharing facilities with the Metropolitan School; such as, the gymnasium and Library.

    4. Newport Campus Construction: Bond Issue will be on the November ballot for voter approval. A comprehensive, 60,000-sq. ft. campus will be built on land conveyed by the Navy.
  1. Departmental Reports:

Manny gave an update on Chemical/Environmental Safety Issues:

1. Disposed of old chemical inventory

2. Mercury removal has been addressed

Joanne inquired if students would be undergoing fit testing for respirator use at clinical sites. Steve indicated: Not at this time.

Security and Safety Department:

Steve introduced the Emergency Response Guide developed by the Security and Safety Director and Assistant Director - The guide outlines safety procedures practiced by the College that will ultimately provide a safer environment for all.

George Sousa reported on the Physical Plant Department:

Donna Scattone presented an issue involving smoking in the receiving area at the Knight Campus. Suggested placing signs instructing people to smoke further away from building. Steve noted that no signs would be put up, but that policing of the area will be increased and asked Chief Ellis to take appropriate action.

Joanne Jacobs discussed the issue of latex allergies. Wants to change College policy to include the purchase of non-latex gloves for the labs and physical plant employees who utilize them. Discussed the possibility of stocking them in Central Stores. She was asked to meet with Manny and submit more information.

The area of policy regarding transporting gas cylinders through the building was discussed. Jim Ellis indicated there is a policy in place and that appropriate carts have been purchased. Security should be notified and they will escort the designated person through the building. All appropriate staff including Manny, Physical Plant, and Security will meet immediately to finalize a comprehensive policy for distribution this Fall semester.

The next meeting will be scheduled for early November at the Knight Campus. Perhaps a tour of the new addition might be feasible at that time.



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