Rosalba Barbalace, Jazmine Faherty, Donna Kessler, Isabel O'Donovan-Keeley, Kristen St. John, Marilyn Tankiewicz, Sandra Troy (chair and recorder), Bernice Weinberg, and Kelly Worth attended the May 9, 2002, meeting of the Health and Safety Committee in the Special Collections Room, LSM; Libby Hart was absent.
The agenda included emergency drills and guidelines, the generic emergency manual, and CPR training.
New procedures for emergency drills - D. Kessler has completed revisions to the draft of the new guidelines for emergency drills. Building administrators will schedule emergency drills (these are not fire drills) now that the following procedures are in effect:
1. If a suspicious device or substance is discovered or brought to the attention of staff members in your facility, the situation should be reported immediately to Rutgers University Police Department at 911 in New Brunswick, 6009 in Camden and 5111 in Newark and also to the facility administrator, if possible. Do NOT pull the fire alarm as this could trigger any incendiary device.
2. Staff members should not touch or disturb the device or substance in any way. The area in which the item is located should be closed off, if possible, until the arrival of the police or Emergency Services.
3. Have the administrator and/or the person reporting the situation meet the responding officers to report all pertinent information and assist them in setting up a command post.
4. The Emergency Services personnel and the police will make a determination based on the individual incident whether or not to evacuate the building.
5. If an evacuation is appropriate, the building should be vacated by using the following announcement:
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY USING THE NEAREST EXIT. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
Staff should take all personal belongings with them, if readily accessible.
6. Evacuees should stay at least 300 feet from the building and should not congregate in nearby parking lots, by dumpsters, or anywhere near parked vehicles as these can sometimes contain secondary devices.
7. The building will remain closed until the police have determined that no further danger exists.
IF THERE IS AN EXPLOSION, LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY AND REPORT TO YOUR DESIGNATED AREA!
Completion of the Emergency Manuals- The Libraries generic emergency procedures manual is completed. The sub-committee consisting of J. Faherty, K. St. John, and R. Barbalace is editing the manual and will send the final document to S.Troy for distribution to the University Librarian's Cabinet. The emergency procedures will not be placed online for security reasons. Once the key departments have the updated generic manuals they can add emergency phone numbers and contacts for their specific areas/campus.
CPR Classes - B. Weinberg has arranged an additional CPR class for June 26 at LSM at 1:00 p.m. She is still accepting registration for those who may wish to attend. Currently there are 22 RUL employees registered.
The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for Thurs., June 6, 2002 in the Special Collections Room, LSM, at noon.