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Spring 2011 March 9, 2011

PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES

SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

Attendees:
Jerry Hendricks - Chair
Krista Murray - EHS Representative
Donna Kelsch - Secretary
Bruce Vasilas

Missing : Tecle Weldekidan, Nancy Gregory, Kun Huang

The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am.

Old Business

The safety report for 302 Worrilow (Donofrio lab) is not completed. The Sparks labs, 101 and 104, still need SOPs. Some equipment in the soils testing lab needs to be removed (grinder, etc.). Karen Gartley will update her safety report. The Vasilas lab still needs to be removed from the incomplete safety report list. Jenny McDermott has asked that facilities remove it, and Bruce Vasilas will follow up on this request.  Caroline Golt will remove empty gas cylinder, moldy tile, and mercury thermometers. The training in the Kitto lab is still not completed.

Battery problem with the emergency light in the Fisher Greenhouse has been fixed.

Biological registration for all labs (research and teaching) has been sent to Krista Murray.

New Business

Spring inspections will include labs, main building inspections in Townsend and Worrilow Halls and the Wilson Farmhouse as follows:

  • Tecle- 105, 119, 125, 212 Worrilow, and the Fisher Greenhouse
  • Kun- 101, 104, 150, 214, 215 Worrilow, and the main building in Worrilow Hall
  • Bruce- Soil Testing Lab, 201, 204, and 205 Worrilow, and 151 Townsend
  • Jerry- 112, 210, 216 Worrilow Hall, main building inspection in Townsend Hall, and the Wilson Farmhouse
  • Nancy- 208, 302, 304E, and 306 Worrilow

No accidents or incidents were reported since the last meeting.

A fire drill will be scheduled in June.

Deb Jaisi, new faculty member, is reconfiguring his lab and moving out some existing equipment. Krista Murray asked to be notified of any areas of concern, and mentioned that the fan in his lab fume hood may need to be replaced.

EHS Announcements

Kevin Eichinger is gone. Please contact Krista Murray if you need help with anything he was responsible for. She will steer you to the correct person. The search has been completed to replace him and interviews are being scheduled.

Bio-safety cabinets will be recertified by EHS and the vendor soon.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for June 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted

Donna Kelsch
Secretary