Rosalba Barbalace, Libby Hart, Donna Kessler, Kristen St. John, Marilyn Tankiewicz, Sandra Troy (chair and recorder) and Bernice Weinberg attended the April 3, 2002, meeting of the Health and Safety Committee in the Special Collections Room, LSM. Jazmine Faherty and Isabel O'Donovan-Keeley were absent. Rosalba Barbalace has joined the Committee.
The agenda covered draft emergency drill guidelines, CPR training, and the emergency manual.
Donna Kessler drafted guidelines for emergency drills for review at the meeting. The draft guidelines were well done and only minor changes were suggested such as appropriate emergency phone numbers for Newark and Camden Campuses. Donna will email the 2nd draft to the Committee. Committee members are discussing scheduling of emergency drills with their unit directors.
An article in the Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2002, page R6, on Workplace Security says "in many cases, big improvements in safety can be made by updating and reviewing evacuation and emergency response plans". The Committee again stresses that in an emergency, employees should not all try to exit from the front door or the exit they use every day. Employees should be cognizant of where exits are throughout the building in case they must get out of the building quickly. Another point of information from the Wall Street Journal article was about the danger of flying glass from windows "Terrorists often count on flying glass to maximize injuries and fatalities, sometimes setting off noisemakers outside to draw people to windows before a bomb blast."
Marilyn Tankiewicz and Bernice Weinberg reported on CPR training. In New Brunswick, 50 RUL employees were trained in CPR during the Spring break. The Committee is going to schedule more CPR training in June for those who were unable to attend the March sessions. Libby Hart and Isabel O'Donovan-Keeley are working on providing CPR training for their campuses as promised. Since the numbers are small it was suggested that the Law Libraries on those campuses be contacted to see if they would support sending their employees to our CPR classes. Marilyn Tankiewicz also spoke about defibrillator training as part of future CPR classes.
Jazmine Faherty and Kristen St. John continue to refine the draft emergency manual. Rose Barbalace will join this sub-committee. Kristen distributed an updated "Bomb Threat Procedures" page. Final step for manual will be editing and including table of contents and pagination. The deadline for completion of the manual is June 30, 2002. Kristen also showed the Committee an excellent table on Collection Salvage issues and we discussed a possible workshop on this topic.
The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2002 in the Special Collections Room, LSM, at noon.