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Vol. XXII. Number 6
In This Issue:
OB'Gram: Ride Your
Bike To Work Day
Tips For Avoiding
One of the major issues the
recently is the roof access
Workers had to navigate a
story dropoff, to inspect th
the problem and made rec
currently underway to inst
PPD Safety Committee Is A Valuable
Resource For Employees
One of the functions of the PPD Risk Management Office is handling the meetings and
actions of the PPD Safety Committee. Risk Management Coordinator Ron Hambrick ex-
plains, "The purpose of the Safety Committee is to represent each department at Physical
Plant, give them a place to voice concerns about safety issues, and begin the process of
addressing those issues."
The committee has been in existence for nearly twenty years at PPD. Dolly Warner,
Program Assistant, who takes the minutes of each meeting, said, "The committee used to
be run by Work Management staff members. In 2000 the Risk Management Office was
formed and began overseeing the meetings."
Over the years, the committee has handled many issues pertaining to worker safety.
Former Risk Management Coordinator (and current PPD Quality Office Coordinator) Allan
Preston said, "One of the biggest issues that the Safety Committee worked on in the past
was safety shoes for employees originally, employees were assigned to seven styles of
shoe that they were allowed to purchase. It was brought to our attention that some of those
shoes were poor quality, or poor-fitting. The committee worked towards getting the rule
changed, and now employees are free to purchase any type of safety shoe that meets
regulations. Another example of positive change
by the safety committee is earplugs Central
Stores now stocks three different types of ear-
plugs, so that employees have a choice of which
design they'd like to wear. These changes are all
due to employee input and discussion."
Recent agenda items for the committee in-
Scluded issues such as installation of back-up beep-
ers on PPD trucks, repairs and inspections of the
vehicle lifts at Motor Pool, and the possibility of
Central Stores stocking snake leggings for
Grounds employees to wear. "The biggest item
We've worked on since I've been here is the roof
access at the Food Science Building," said
Hambrick. "In order for our employees to get up
there and check the equipment on the roof, they
had to navigate a very small walkspace next to a
he Safety Commitee Bus w ed on four-story dropoff, with no railing. We looked at
at the Food Science Building.
the area and recommended improvements, and
narrow walkway, beside a four-
ne roof. The committee looked at A/E is currently working on a project to install a
commendations, and a project is railing on top of the building to make access easier
'all a railing at the roof edge. See SAFETY Continued On Pg. 3
May Communication Breakfast Recap
Mr. O'Brien began by mentioning the PPD fleet management initiative. The administrative vehicle fleet at PPD has
been reduced by almost 1/3 in order to save fuel and conserve parking spaces. In addition, a taxi service is being offered
to PPD employees who need to make trips across campus. Interested parties should contact Work Management in order
to schedule the service. OB said that we are looking at extending the taxi service to the entire university, as well.
Governor Bush has signed the new state budget, and there were additional monies allotted to UF in order to cover
rising utility costs. OB said that there is also a provision for a 3% across-the-board raise for all employees, effective in
October. More good news on that front comes with the announcement that employee healthcare premiums will stay the
same this year. OB also said that the university is looking strongly at giving merit raises in October.
The UF Laundry Service is completely closed down
and the equipment is being sold at auction. Physical Plant
will be taking possession of the building soon. Mr. O'Brien
said that Motor Pool and Central Stores will use the build-
ing to expand their workspace and storage capability, and
pb.. the rest of the area will be used for general PPD storage.
OB said, "You can never have enough storage space out
Anew Assistant Director has been hired for the Health
Center. His name is Bruce Bonham, and he comes to PPD
from Lee University, in Tennessee. OB said that he ex-
The old Laundry Services building will be used for pects Mr. Bonham to begin at UF sometime early in July.
PPD storage and expansion. OB mentioned the upcoming Civic Lights project that
the university is participating in, along with the city of
Gainesville. The project comes from Europe and consists of aesthetically pleasing and interesting displays of lights in
public areas. Campus locations for Civic Lights will be the Fine Arts B building, the 13th Street underpass, and Green
Pond, in front of the Reitz Union.
PPD's Employee Appreciation Day was a big success, and OB thanked everyone for coming out and having a good
time. Finance and Administration's Employee Appreciation Day is coming up in August. OB encouraged all PPD employ-
ees to attend.
Question and Answer:
Q: Will PPD consider allowing employees to wear shorts this summer?
A: This issue has been discussed many times. We have some employees who work mostly outdoors, mainly Grounds
employees and some Building Services employees, and those individuals are allowed to wear shorts. Other than that, I
don't foresee any changes to our uniform policy.
Q: Are the merit raises in October tied to negotiations with the union, for USPS employees? Will we have to wait for
our raises like last year?
A: Hopefully not every year, the contract between the university and the union allows for a limited number of
articles to be re-negotiated, and it is true that wages are part of those negotiations again this year. However, I feel
confident that we're going to get that done in a timely fashion. Last year's delays have already been discussed, and no one
involved wants to repeat that.
OB 'Gram: Summer HeatAnd Bikes On The Street
by Dave O'Brien
We are in the midst of another hot Florida summer. I want to remind our employees who work
outside to be mindful of the risk of heat stress. Our Risk Management office has arranged for Heat
Stress training to be given here at PPD. Make sure you attend the training if your department
schedules you to go. It's important to know the signs of heat stress and what to do to prevent it.
You can call Ron Hambrick, PPD Safety Coordinator, if you have questions about this topic.
Many of you know that I got a Harley motorcycle a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoy riding
my bike and I know there are several other bike riders here at PPD. Each summer we get together
on "Ride Your Bike To Work Day". July 19th is Bike Day this year. I'll be bringing my motorcycle
and I look forward to seeing lots of bikes in our PPD parking lot that day!
SAFETY Cont. From Pg. 1
and less hazardous."
Another major function of the Safety Committee is to schedule training for PPD employees. Hambrick said, "Train-
ing is a huge part of what we do. Just in the last few months, we've had CPR training, forklift training, trenching and
scaffolding training, and classes on fall protection, chainsaw safety and bloodbome pathogens. We're working with
EH&S to offer asbestos awareness training, and we also have a class on safe lifting techniques scheduled in Main Street
for the middle of June."
Overall, the committee provides another excellent avenue of communication at PPD, according to Preston. "I think
that one of the biggest positive aspects of the Safety Committee is just giving a lot of folks an outlet to bring up issues that
they don't feel entirely comfortable discussing with their supervisor, for whatever reason," he said. "We provide a
communication conduit to discuss those issues, and that's extremely valuable to our organization."
Dolly Warner added, "The major thing we want employees to know is just that we're here, that they can come to us
and voice their safety concerns. We get a lot of reports from our department representatives, and that's great, but we also
welcome suggestions and input from all employees. If you have a safety issue or concern, feel free to come to one of our
meetings, or contact the Risk Management Office at 392-6217."
The PPD Safety Committee meets in Main Street on the fourth Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to any
employee who wishes to attend. The committee's department representatives are: Vinnie Herman, Central Stores; Terry
King, Building Services; John Black and Bill Fowler, Grounds; Buster Johnson, Operations Engineering; Jim Thompson,
HSC; Michael Richarme, A/E; Derrick Williams, Motor Pool; Paul Vlahos, Facilities; and Dwayne Selph, Systems. Addi-
tionally, Tom Ladun attends each meeting as a representative of the Environmental Health and Safety Division.
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work planting flowers outside Gate 1 of the
O'Connell Center. Grounds Department
plants in the space, and add an attention-
grabbing splash of color to a heavily-traf-
ficked area of campus. In addition, the flowers h
(which includedsalvias, native hibiscus, w.
buddleias, pentas, and asclepias among other ` .
varieties) are supposed to attract butterflies to
Tips ForAvoiding Heat-Related Illness For Outdoor Workers
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing that covers Drink lots of water, about four cups an hour.
as much skin as possible. Avoid soft drinks and tea caffeine makes the
Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and body lose water. Also avoid heavy meals.
re-apply every 2 hours, if sweating heavily. Tell your co-workers/supervisor if you're feeling
Wear a wide-brim hat and sunglasses. ill.
Maggie Akins, Building Svcs.
Paul Coleman, Facilities
William Coutts, HSC
Phillippe Etchinique, HSC
Vali Lavakamur, TS
Rudolph Littles, Building Svcs.
Minh Nguyen, Building Svcs.
Truc Nguyen, Building Svcs.
Derrick Scott, Central Stores
Dawn Smith, Central Stores
Martha Smith, Building Svcs.
Tyrus Watson, Grounds
Leroy Williams, Building Svcs.
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Chris Arters, Facilities
Kevin Drye, Building Svcs.
Rufus Hutchinson, HSC
Rudolph McCleary, Grounds
April Employees of the Month:
Mark Ferguson James Lee Be Nguyen
Health Center Building Services Building Services
Tony Pearson Chris Roberts
Building Services Facilities
Alonzo Bivins, Building Services
Paul Huntley, Systems