Retail and Physical Support Service - November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:00am
AC 147

Health and Safety Committee Meeting

Retail and Physical Support Service

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road


Date:  November 16, 2017

Place: Avila- Physical Plant meeting room

Time: 9:09 a.m.


Present:  Steve Girvin, Ursula MacDonald, Brenda Rojik, Fred Plank, Hugh Briggs, Rob McCluskey, Stan Nemec,


Regrets:  Darren Carlin, Brian Cox, Mike Davis


OLD Business:


  1. A.   Steve reported that the floor in the Power house is breaking.  There are no vehicles allowed inside. The area is cornered off with signs advising of the danger, until such time as a decision is made how the floor will be fixed. Jan.21, 2016 Steve advised that this project will be put on a list of capital projects for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  This item has now been rolled into a co-generation project, if the project goes ahead.

Nov.16/17 - a structural engineer has bene retained to complete an assessment a recommend a temporary fix.


            B.  Radio communications in PACI continues to be a problem, especially the         basement.


            C.  There is a meeting set up for Thursday, June 29, 2017 with Physical Plant, Security and Health and Safety to discuss and hence develop a procedure for responding to natural gas call outs.  October 19, 2017 – we are waiting for Security to review and finalize the procedure.


Injury Report;




Near Misses:




Inspections Outstanding;

  • University Centre (Rob & Mike)
  • Building Maintenance (Stan & Rob)



New Business:


1)    The pool was closed recently by the Health Unit due to poor lighting. Temporary solutions have been put in place.  All old lights will be coming down and new ones will be installed in the near future. The pool will have to be closed for the changeover.

Nov.16/17- the lights are expected to arrive around Nov.20/17 and should be installed over the Xmas break.


2)    A faculty member whose lab shares a wall with a mechanical room has raised a safety concern in regards to a vibration and the noise when the fan turns on. The employee suffers head aches and has a difficulty concentrating with the noise and the vibration.

Steve will issue a work order to take a look at the situation and find ways to address the problem.

Nov.16/17- physical plant has changed the belts and continuing to investigate why the vibrations continue



NEXT MEETING:    Thursday, January 18, 2017 in Avila – Physical Plant meeting room at  9:00 a.m.