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 April 14, the  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, and (3) considering purchasing a snow-blower for custodians to use at South College Hall and surrounding residential buildings. There were no updates to the status of these items. No injuries were reported and no buildings were inspected. Full Minutes  
  • On March 10, the  Committee met via Google Meet. The Committee discussed updates to existing business items: (1) evaluating an SOP for campus-wide electrical shut downs, and (2) development of policy and procedures for building access to contractors. There were no updates to the status of these items. The Committee discussed a new business item: considering purchasing a snow-blower for custodians to use at South College Hall and surrounding residential buildings. Seven injuries were reported and the committee discussed prevention of future incidents. The majority of incidents were slips/falls related to snow and ice. The committee discussed snow removal procedures, priority areas, custodial responsibilities and related topics. Further review of accident investigation reports will be conducted regarding the snow/ice-related injuries. Additionally, the committee discussed securing isolation housing spaces after students have vacated, as students do not have keys to the spaces. Full Minutes
  • All Safety Committee Minutes