Community College of Rhode Island
Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2001
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
Meeting called to order at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at the Flanagan Campus
Stephen Marginson, Manny Terezakis (FC), Edna O'Neill Mattson (KC),
Richard Robinson (FC), James Ellis (KC), George Sousa (FC), Bill Mercer
(KC), Donna Scattone (KC), Robert Antonson (FC), Joanne Jacobs (FC),
Barbara Legg (KC), Kathy Twining (KC), Cathy Tessier (FC)
Report given by Dean Marginson:
Manny gave an update on Chemical/Environmental Safety Issues:
- Asbestos in the Fieldhouse - There was a report of possible asbestos in the fieldhouse, the area was tested and no asbestos was found.
- Radon Testing - Testing is on schedule, every 3 years.
- Testing for Lead in the Daycare - complete and no problems found.
Recycle of bottles
& cans at KC - students at KC began recycling project.
Suggestions regarding recycling and also the enforcing of the
"NO FOOD OR BEVERAGE IN CLASSROOMS POLICY" was to post signs on
the 6th floor stating NO FOOD OR BEVERAGE BEYOND THIS POINT and
to place recycling and trash containers at the top of the stairs
for everyone to discard their items prior to going to class.
Use of Styrofoam
cups was discussed - it
was noted that styrofoam was
being used by the cafeteria once again.
Dean Marginson indicated that the items being used do not contain
any Chloroflorocarbons; therefore, it is safe for the environment.
The College has an
oil spill counter measure and prevention plan in place.
Have replaced all underground oil storage tanks and will need to
replace the above-ground tanks as well (required by DEM and the EPA).
PCB Testing - Retrieved
samples and tested cleaned.
- Tested Enrollment Services Area - Reports of individuals experiencing constant headaches. The area was tested for carbon monoxide and showed nothing. It was mentioned that poor lighting could be the reason.
Physical contact or airborne exposure to latex can cause
serious health problems.
Joanne Jacobs reported an odor in the faculty office area they caused a serious reaction. Experienced burning eyes and throat. It was determined that an odor of Phenol (a preservative used on the cats in the biology lab) was causing the problem. The cats were exposed all day due to the final exam, lab practical which resulted in a more concentrated odor in a small area for a prolonged period of time. Perhaps look into a way to keep the cats wrapped to prevent that from happening. Lab ventilation should also be checked.
A question about MLT lab storage near the Security Office. Items (no hazardous waste) are stored for approximately 2 - 3 weeks prior to proper disposal.
Fume hoods to double movement of air in Biology & Chemistry Labs will be installed.
Kathy Twining discussed the lighting in the new area. Dean Marginson indicated that lighting enhancements are being discussed and that desk lamps will be available wherever necessary.
Edna Mattson discussed
reports of nose bleeds on 2nd floor.
As previously mentioned enhancements to the HVAC to increase
humidity and mechanical improvements are being looked into.
Jim Ellis, Chief Security & Safety reported:
Department is trained to use AED's
Campus Construction Updates:
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:10 a.m.