Old Dominion University's Safety Committee is comprised of 15 members representing various administrative and academic departments on campus.
Members are selected from a pool of volunteers, and are asked to serve a minimum one-year term. The Committee, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Vice President fro Administration and Finance for matters pertaining to workplace safety and health, is responsible for making recommendations for corrective measures and program changes to reduce or prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses and unsafe work conditions or employee work practices. Meetings are held quarterly or more often if necessary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the committee.
Role of the Committee
The Safety Committee role will be to identify hazardous workplace conditions and work practices as well as determine root causes of injuries. Corrective recommendations and actions will be developed to improve current programs and to enable monitoring, analyzing, and follow-up of the progress of these recommendations relating to various safety issues and situations.
Purpose of the Committee
It is the purpose of the Committee to help protect Old Dominion University employees by responding to safety concerns and making recommendations/changes to provide the safest working environment possible. The Committee will strive to bring the campus community together to solve problems and provide information and support to the Safety Office as a means to educate and motivate employees regarding safety.
The Committee will benefit the institution by performing the role of safety consultant to Old Dominion University and will serve as a forum for management and employees to communicate and resolve safety related concerns.
Committee Member Duties
Members will receive suggestions and concerns from employees which shall be reported to the Committee by email or phone to Doug Alexander in the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Information reported will be added to the agenda for the following meeting. A follow-up will be conducted on all information submitted. It is also important to be in touch with employees and reporting/sharing information with them on their reported suggestions and concerns. Each safety case will be handled individually.
The Committee will review summaries of injury and illness reports. Accident data will be compiled from accident reports/worker's compensation claims to monitor and analyze case information. Members will make recommendations for corrective actions, assist in communicating committee activities to employees and set and example by working safely and promoting employee consciousness of safe working habits and procedures.
Committee meetings will be held quarterly or more often if necessary. Future agendas will be sent out in advance and as early as possible. In addition, to make it as convenient as possible for members to plan their schedules to accommodate Safety Committee meetings, every effort will be made to plan meetings around Activity Hour. It is requested that members attend all Safety Committee meetings, or as many as possible.