Retail and Physical Support Service - January 24, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:15am

Date:  January 24, 2019

Place: Avila- Physical Plant meeting room

Time: 9:09 a.m.


Present: Ursula MacDonald, Greg Croft, Stan Nemec, Fred Plank, Steve Girvin, Brian Cox, Darren Carlin, Heather Spivak


Regrets:  Hugh Briggs, Rob McCluskey



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. 

                        Nov. 15/18 – Steve advised that jack posts will be installed under the floor to provide the necessary support.


            B.  Confined space – Signage of confined space is still required and pedestrian floor             hatches need to be secured.


            C.  The electrician raised a concern about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residence. Many times when the electricians arrive to install/fix them they have already been disconnected.  Brian will look into the situation and reinforce the seriousness of the matter. Students who are dismantling/damaging lifesaving device are fined by the University. A suggestion was made to have stickers by the devices advising that no one should be tampering with the life saving device.

            Jan.24, 2019 – Brian advised that the labelling will begin in May of this year.


            D.  Housekeeping are requesting that a new BFI bin with a side door be provided at the back of CB. A side door allows employees to throw out garbage without having to reach above their shoulder. 



New Businees:


  1. 1.     Fred plank raised a concern regarding a mechanical room in the Fieldhouse.  At one of the two access doors there is no light switch and only a short distance later there is a set of stairs that are not visible without light.  There is a high risk of someone falling down those stairs.  Steve Girvin and the mechanical team will address this safety concern immediately.


  1. 2.     A question was raised by the mechanical group about school closure and who decides to close the school. Also, who is identified as “essential service?”  The group was advised that school closure is decided by the Senior Administration in consultation with the President. Any questions regarding “essential service” must be directed to the supervisor of the particular unit.


  1. 3.    Certification training (JHSC Part I) will be offered in Thunder Bay. Darren maybe interested in the July course.


  1. 4.    Ursula welcomed and introduced Greg Croft – the alternate member rep for USW group.


Injury Report:




Near Misses:


An employee in the Print shop hurt the area under her eye when trying to lift/move a large and awkward box.  The employee did not require any medical attention. The employee was reminded that any items that it too awkward, too heavy or big is handled by at another co-worker.


Inspections Outstanding;

  • Braun Building –  Rob and Steve
  • Centennial Building – Stan and Darren
  • Tungsten Street – Ursula & Heather


NEXT MEETING:    Thursday, Feb.28, 2018 in Avila – Physical Plant meeting room at 9:00 a.m.