SLT Profile: Health and Safety

The Health and Safety team is a relatively new cross-college team, which was started following a college-sponsored risk-management audit.

Team members include:

  • Vicki Janowiak, Operational Planning
  • Jim Peterson, Financial Services & Risk Management
  • Jeff Danner, School of Workforce Development
  • Dan Groh, Physical Sciences
  • Maria Herrera-Belmares, Human Resources
  • Mansfield Matthewson, Purchasing
  • Scott Martin, Facilities
  • Rick Vanderveen, Ford Fieldhouse
  • Becky Whitman, GRCC Campus Police
  • Nick Pinckney, Manufacturing
  • Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft, Nursing
  • Infection Control Officer Kelli Fedder, Dental

As a result of the audit, the Risk Management Oversight team was established, and the Health and Safety team was formed as a sub-team of the Risk Management Oversight Team to:

  • Assess health and safety needs.
  • Update policies and procedures.
  • Promote and monitor compliance and community responsibility.

The first major effort of the team was to update the Hazard Communication Policy. The team is now working on long overdue updates to the Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Policy and plan, and the Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control Policy and plan. Future work will include completing the Communicable Disease Policy, and then taking the four policies to the college policy committee for approval.

Work in 2017-18 will also include:

  • Implementing procedures and reporting requirements for each of the policies.
  • Providing information online.
  • Establishing review and monitoring process.

Raider Salute for ESP Learning Day

A Raider Salute from Jessica Berens, in Human Resources:

ESP Learning Day 2015 – Thank you!

Thank you to Tamber Bustance, Chris Arnold, and Eric Williams in the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center for presenting at the 2015 ESP Learning Day! You did an outstanding job. This event could not have happened without the help of Klaas Kwant and Tim Zerfas in Media, Bayard Brooks and Becky Yoder in ATC Conference Services, Josh Ferguson and his staff in Secchia Banquet Services, and Julie Otte and Jennifer Kelly in Staff Development. It was a wonderful event because of the support from an amazing team. Thank you all!

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GRCC In the News, 2-5-15

Grand Rapids Community College classes delayed for downtown power outage

Feb. 5, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A power outage downtown has Grand Rapids Community College classes delayed Thursday morning, Feb. 5.

Hall of Fame player now coaching kids in Michigan

Feb. 4, 2015; Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio)

MANSFIELD — His nickname in high school was “Super Fly,” but that was a misnomer.

… (Melvin) Selmon, in fact, was Mayfield’s first hire when assembling his staff, thanks to the endorsement of Selmon’s brother, David, who had won 416 games in 19 years as the coach at Grand Rapids Community College. The Selmon brothers formed Malabar’s backcourt in the 1982-83 season when David was a senior and Melvin was a sophomore.

Pearl Street to close January 17

Here’s a road closing that you might want to keep in mind if you’re planning to drive in the GRCC area this weekend: Pearl Street is scheduled to be closed from Ottawa to Ionia avenues on January 17 so equipment can be lifted to buildings.

The city is suggesting the following detours:

  • eastbound — Ottawa to Fountain to Ionia to Pearl.
  • westbound — Ionia to Lyon to Ottawa to Pearl.

Raider Salute for help with suicide prevention program

A Raider Salute from Ellen Stuart, from the Nursing Department:

We would like to thank the entire staff at the ATC in helping to make our conference a success on Saturday the 22nd. Although we had inclement weather in the early morning, about 60 people gathered to hear Christy Buck, Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation, deliver a powerful message about the need to reduce the stigma related to mental health disorders and the treatment of these disorders. A panel of survivors bravely expressed how they are coping with their losses in constructive ways. The six nursing students from the Transcultural Community Nursing course (AD 248)  helped in a variety of ways to make valuable contributions, which were appreciated by the community gathered.


GRCC In the News, 11-19-14

Top 50 Employers of HBCU Students & Graduates (2014)

HBCU Connect (Historically Black College & Universities’ publication)

Since 2002, we have been working with thousands of companies and organizations to assist them in their efforts to reach students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

(GRCC is listed as No. 20 on the list.)

See resumes of 3 finalists for GRCC’s provost search

Nov. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three finalists have emerged in Grand Rapids Community College’s search for its next provost, the college announced Monday.

Classes canceled: GRCC, Grand Valley State University close due to severe weather

Nov. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Classes have been canceled for thousands of local college students Tuesday, Nov. 18, because of severe winter weather, including students at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.