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Environmental Health and Safety

Facilities Safety Committee


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

Membership Expectations

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


Membership appointments

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
  • Grounds
  • Shuttle Operations
  • Electricians
  • Vehicle Maintenance Shop
  • Central Plant Operations
  • Capital Renewal/Deferred Maintenance
  • Washington College of Law
  • Building Maintenance Operations
  • Administration
  • Risk Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety

Meeting Schedule

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.

Only members in good standing may vote.