The purpose of the Lafayette College Safety Committee is to provide an avenue for all employees to contribute to workplace safety to achieve and maintain a safe and healthful working environment.

Goal

The goal of the Safety Committee is to eliminate workplace incidents and illnesses by involving employees and management in identifying hazards and suggesting ways to eliminate and prevent them from occurring. This can be facilitated by reviewing incidents, identifying root causes of incidents, and suggesting ways to prevent future incidents.

Objectives

  1. Provide measures for employee involvement in achieving a safe and healthful working environment.
  2. Promptly review all safety-related incidents, injuries, accidents, illnesses and near-misses.
  3. Conduct monthly, or as-needed, workplace inspections, identify hazards and recommend methods for eliminating or controlling hazards. Establish procedures to ensure follow-up and closure for all reported hazards.
  4. Annually evaluate all workplace safety and health programs and recommend improvements to management.

Representatives

The Safety Committee has members representing employees and the employer. The committee is comprised of at least four members at all times and shall not contain more employer representatives than employee representatives at any time.

Employee representatives can volunteer for committee service or be elected by their peers. Employee representatives serve a continuous term of at least one year.

Employer representatives can be appointed by the employer, and can be rotated onto the committee as business needs dictate.

Employer Representatives
Matt Hammerstone (Chair) Environmental, Health and Safety Supervisor
Karen Howell Associate Director of Recreation Services
Don Brinker Supervisor, Mechanical Trades
Grace Reynolds Director of Residence Life
Cristie Lazart Assistant Director of Human Resources/Benefits
Employee Representatives
Cindy Pursel (Vice Chair) Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
Bob Meyer Manager of Off-Campus Properties
Yvonne Noonan Hazardous Materials Technician
Justin Kutzman Custodian
David Limas Mechanical Trades
Christine Oliver Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist

Recent Committee Minutes

  • On November 11, the Safety Committee met Via Google Meet. The Committee discussed updates to existing business items: (1) evaluating an SOP for campus-wide electrical shut downs, (2) development of policy and procedures for building access to contractors, (3) preventing people from jumping over the fence into the Sullivan Road basketball court. There have been no changes to items 1 & 2 since the last meeting, and the fence repairs and signage installation will be completed in the near term. There were no injuries reported. Two buildings were inspected and safety concerns and corrections were discussed. The committee discussed pending repairs to the metal handrails in the Markle Parking Deck. Full Minutes  
  • On October 14, the Safety Committee met Via Google Meet. The Committee discussed updates to existing business items: (1) evaluating an SOP for campus-wide electrical shut downs, (2) development of policy and procedures for building access to contractors, (3) preventing people from jumping over the fence into the Sullivan Road basketball court. There have been no changes to items 1 & 2 since the last meeting, and the committee recommended to repair the fence and add signage to discourage climbing. There were two injuries reported and the committee reviewed the details of the incidents and discussed possible controls to prevent future recurrence. Five buildings were inspected and safety concerns and corrections were discussed. The committee discussed a ladder safety incident at LaFarm, working from home ergonomics issues, and concerns about metal handrails in Markle Parking Deck. Full Minutes  
  • All Safety Committee MinutesĀ