Community College of Rhode Island
Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2005
TO: Bill Mercer, Bruno Kurowski, Kathy Twining, Manny Terezakis,
Edna 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: March 13, 2006
Meeting called to order at 10:30 a.m. on November 18, 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), Dick Robinson(FC), George Sousa(FC), Bill Ferland(KC), Edna O’Neill Mattson(KC), Janet Anderson(KC), Jean Billerbeck(KC), Tracy Karasinski(KC)
PLEASE NOTE: 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 asking George Sousa to address the first bulleted item from the last minutes. The subject was the Honeywell contract for the dial-up phone between the Operations Department and the Security Departments and George said that the contract is still out to bid.
Jim Ellis briefed the committee on the CPR courses that are available through the Nursing Department. That department holds classes once a month at the Flanagan Campus. The course is open to anyone. The cost is $45.00 with an additional cost of $13.50 for the text book through the bookstore. There is also a new Heartsaver First Aid Program that they could also offer to the Physical Plant Department. This course could be set up to include basic first aid, general medical principles, CPR for adults and injury emergencies. This class would be a four hour class. The cost of this type of course would be calculated according to the number of participants and how many instructors would be needed. Bruno also mentioned that there are courses offered through the Athletics Department by Kevin Salisbury.
Janet Anderson mentioned that maybe the Personnel Department offers the course through their department.
Manny Terezakis let the committee know that 99% of the items containing asbestos at the Flanagan and Liston campuses have been identified by his department and will be kept on a list to be used when work needs to be done to that specific item or area. A more comprehensive sweep needs to be done at the Knight campus.
George Sousa said that as of July, 2005, any door that was compromised and needed repair has been noted and a bid is out to have those repaired or replaced.
The ventilation throughout the Chemistry Lab and prep rooms was addressed and resolved by Manny. Another round of testing was done to check the levels of formaldehyde within the labs at KC, LC, FC. The cats used in experiments in the Human Anatomy classes are preserved using formaldehyde and the department has been ordering the cats with less of the formaldehyde in them. Formaldehyde exposure badges can be worn by each lab worker to indicate their level of exposure.
Joanne updated the committee on the “Great American Smokeout” which took place on November 17, 2005. There was a great turnout and response to the event.
There is new “No Smoking” signage from the RI Department of Health which is to be posted at all entrances. The signage lists a telephone number that may be called to file a complaint.
With regards to the No Smoking Policy at CCRI, it was noted that the actual wording of that policy is still not listed in the student handbook.
Kathy made a motion to invite the Dean of Students to the next Environmental Committee meeting.
A discussion ensued regarding the enforcement of the No Smoking Policy. The biggest offenders are the students. As in the past, the committee discussed the best way to deter the smokers and it was reiterated that the help of everyone is needed to enforce this policy. The Security Department has been the biggest enforcer of this policy and had a few run-ins with students. There have been a few cases of run-ins turning physical and it has been determined that at all cost, that will be avoided. The discussion of arresting offenders of this policy came up and everyone agreed that it certainly wouldn’t be what anyone on this committee sees as an acceptable option. Though this policy will always be difficult to enforce, we have made great strides in deterring the majority and will continue to do so.
There was a bomb threat at the Knight Campus on October 5, 2005. Janet Anderson had a few questions regarding some of the logistics of the evacuation policy, etc. Steve addressed the question of the distance that people were from the building during this threat and the length of time of evacuation for the bomb threat by stating that the Security Departments priority with staff available is to move people out of the building and go back in to cover the threat. If there happens to be additional staff on duty, they are assigned to other priority areas including traffic. The policy of evacuation has always been the same. The details of this particular threat are outlined in a memo from Jim Ellis which Mary has on file. It was determined, that by the time the second threat came in, it was a hoax and that the perpetrator was in the building using one of the in-house computers to send the message to the Enrollment Services. For that reason, it was determined that the Security Department would handle the situation on its own without involving the Warwick Police.
The HVAC issues still continue to be addressed at all campuses but especially at the Flanagan campus. This past summer and early fall there was an extended period of time when the air conditioning was malfunctioning and has been addressed. Until the system is replaced, there will be times when the system will be compromised and the Physical Plant will work diligently to correct it or provide other means of cooling.
Steve spoke about the bond issue which will be, hopefully, on the ballot for November, 2006. The bond will be for the expansion of the Flanagan Campus to add new classrooms and faculty offices to address the overcrowding of the faculty area. This bond will also address the HVAC systems at all campuses.
Steve asked Manny about the discharge from the Knight Campus Chemistry lab. The college is in violation of the Warwick Sewer discharge limits. Manny explained that we are usually in complete compliance with our discharge limit, but this time we were over. He has looked into it and did some re-tests which came back in non-compliance and at this point we are working towards full compliance. Manny said we are now working with the lab instructors to prevent future incidents.
Manny visited the Newport Campus and was asked to check out the office of Kathy Twining and the LRC for odors. At this time, the mold odor in Kathy’s office has been determined not to be mold and is unidentified as well as the odor in the LRC which may be attributed to the new materials used in the construction of that area. At this time, ventilation has been increased in both areas.
Janet mentioned the door in the Northwest hallway of the Knight Campus. This door is very difficult to open and this would be a concern especially during an evacuation.
Tracy Karasinski mentioned the she would like to see “Accessibility Concerns” as a regular item on each Environmental Committee Meeting agenda and Steve agreed.
Kathy addressed Tracy with a question about the table set up in the Atrium of the Newport Campus. Kathy observed that if you were visually impaired it would be nearly impossible to navigate through the maze of tables to reach either side of the Atrium.
Bruno asked whether there will be a Smoking Hut put up at the Newport Campus and mentioned that there is no smoking signage up at the building.
Bruno mentioned that speed is a factor with motorists at the Flanagan Campus. He wondered if speed bumps were feasible. Steve said that the speed bumps become an issue with the risk of more accidents when people slow down for them as well as the fact that they need to be taken in and out for snow removal.
Bruno said that the roll down gates in the Enrollment Services area at the Flanagan Campus are in disrepair and dangerous.
Bruno mentioned the lighting in some of the stairwells and corridors as not being sufficient in some areas.
Edna mentioned the elevators at the Knight Campus
Barbara Legg sent a message to the committee regarding the poor condition and deterioration of the curbing at the Knight Campus.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:35a.m.