of workplace safety:
Money has been set aside to purchase necessary safety equipment
and to offer training programs. Manny
indicated that we have always had respirators available for employees'
use. A physician approval
is needed in order to use them. Employees will be required to wear
them. Have contracted with our insurer to train staff and supervisors
(session is scheduled some time in December).
Campus water problem:
Have tested water and all is satisfactory with the Warwick Sewer
Authority. Indicated that
water discoloration is not happening any longer at KC.
The policy on the proper handling and storage
of compressed has been addressed since last meeting. A training session will be scheduled.
Manny indicated that there has been a 90% reduction in
chemicals used and stored at the College campuses.
items of concern to members:
questioned safety issues of concern to members of ACE union.
It was noted that some items had been addressed or corrected; a
progress report will be submitted within a reasonable about of time. It
was requested that when spraying for bugs on campus (KC) the time of
day be changed to after work hours.
leaking into work area (Math Lab - FC):
It was indicated that an individual had observed chemicals
leaking into her work area from the Biology Lab (one floor above).
Dean Marginson instructed George Sousa to check into that
complaint and correct the problem if there is chemicals leaking.
Also instructed that appropriate MSDS sheets are provided to
the individual in question.
Issue of cleanliness in that area.
Kathy Twining inquired if the area was going to be cleaned;
namely, the air vents. The
entire area will be under construction in the near future, but any air
vents in the area will be cleaned and re-filtered as requested.
Was indicated that air quality in that area is adequate for the
space but that overcrowding is a problem.
The door must remain closed to eliminate the odors from
permeating the ground floor area.
Security will schedule that the doors be closed after the
cleaning crew finishes their work for the evening.
Dennis Melander indicated that the ventilation in that area
would be scheduled to start earlier in the morning.
Jacobs commended the Security Department, Jim Ellis, on the training of
their officers in the proper use of the Epi Pens, a device used to
administer Epinephrine to individuals who might otherwise suffer
anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction.
Association questioning office space:
Suggested a study on the ideal way of setting up faculty
offices so that they are more effective for working.
Are there Industry Standards?
At the Knight Campus, additional offices are in the plans for
the addition. Will reduce
a four-person office to a three-person office and so on.
Providence Campus was addressed during the last renovation
project. Flanagan Campus
under review by the master planning committee.
in undesignated areas:
A more active role will need to be taken by everyone, Security
and College staff. If
someone is observed smoking in an undesignated area, ID's should be
pulled and disciplinary action taken when necessary (for students and
employees alike). Richard
Tessier suggested setting up a committee comprised of representatives
from the three bargaining units to inform members of the "NO
SMOKING" Policies and possibly assist individuals in
"kicking the habit".
Lou Rainone questioned the absence of inspection certificates
in the elevators at the KC, also the FC certificates have expired.
Valid certificates are available in the Physical Plant office
at KC, as indicated, for anyone's inspection.
FC elevators have been inspected, waiting for the new
certificates to arrive.
It was noted that people are dumping things in the water
fountains. Bill Mercer
indicated that drinking water fountains are cleaned daily.
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:05 p.m.