It is the mission of the Facilities Safety Committee at American University to create a safe work environment for ourselves and our coworkers by fostering a safety culture based on knowledge, trust, and communication.
Goals and Initiatives
Create opportunities for effective safety communication and learning
Host safety outreach events
Create monthly safety topics and distribute related information
Serve as a safety resource to coworkers and the community at-large
Foster a strong safety culture
Review and investigate jobsite safety concerns and incidents
Celebrate safety strengths
Identify and improve safety areas of need
Review, modify, and approve written safety programs
Empower ourselves and others to participate in the safety process through mutual respect and continued learning
Members are held to high safety standards and are expected to:
Commit to continued professional learning and growth
Lead by example
Participate actively during committee meetings and events
Respect the concerns of others and take all safety concerns seriously
Appointments will be made by the committee chair via the recommendation of the employee’s supervisor or the Director of Facilities Operations.
To ensure diverse representation, we strive to have at least one member from each of the following groups:
Training & Staff Development
Vehicle Maintenance Shop
Central Plant Operations
Capital Renewal/Deferred Maintenance
Washington College of Law
Building Maintenance Operations
Environmental Health & Safety
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 8:00 to 9:00 am.
Members in good standing must attend a minimum of eight meetings each calendar year.
Each member may send a proxy representative no more than two times a year to fulfill their attendance requirement. The member is responsible for notifying the Chair prior to the meeting that they are sending a proxy representative.
The member must be present for at least thirty minutes of the meeting to receive credit for attendance.
Meeting minutes are kept to document attendance and the group’s activities.
Decisions regarding bylaw adoption, amendments, and the setting/amending of the groups’ mission, goals, initiatives, and events must receive a majority vote to be implemented.