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
Christine Oliver Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
Bob Meyer Manager of Off-Campus Properties
Justin Kutzman Custodian
Brittany Clouser Lab Specialist, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Nate Breiner General Trades, Locksmith

Recent Committee Minutes

  • On July 13, the Committee met via Google Meet, with several members attending in person. The committee reviewed and discussed updates to existing business. Johnson Controls evaluated the fire alarm system in APK and provided a proposal for necessary upgrades and adjustments. Five injuries were reported and the committee discussed the circumstances of the injuries and potential prevention measures for future incidents. Four buildings were inspected and safety concerns were discussed. New business discussed by the committee included follow ups to the visitor slip/trip/fall incidents. Full Minutes
  • On June 8, the Committee met via Google Meet, with some members attending in person. The committee reviewed and discussed the results of the fire drill conducted in APK on May 31. Several deficiencies were identified and adjustments/further testing of the system are being scheduled with the contractor. Three injuries were reported and the committee discussed the circumstances of the injuries and potential prevention measures for future incidents. Fifteen buildings were inspected and no safety concerns were identified. The committee reviewed an additional slip/trip/fall incident involving a visitor to campus. Ryan Snyder provided a summary of a recent meeting with Travelers Risk Control consultant regarding recent trends in injuries. Full Minutes
  • All Safety Committee MinutesĀ