Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held their safety committee meeting on Thursday, May 21.
The meeting was led by Dr. Arthur Thomas Cavano, event manager at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.
Human resources, housing, research and risk management are facilities that have the greatest impact when it comes to safety. Two safety reports are annually submitted to FAMU’s president Dr. Elmira Mangum for approval.
Comprehensive Health, Safety and Risk Management is the first review plan, and the second is the Safety Recognition Program.
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Angela Sutton is a Florida A&M alumnus who received her degree in chemical engineering, and previously served as director of the Florida State University National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. She is now the director of the Environmental Health and Safety Sciences.
Sutton believes that each department plays a vital role in securing the university.
“We all have a responsibility to improve safety here on campus and it takes participation to create a safe campus to leave and work,” said Sutton.
Fall, spring and summer semesters each conclude with commencement ceremonies in which degrees are received by students who have graduated from college or a university; overall, spring semesters have the largest ceremonies. Each college has rehearsal for the precautions and safety procedures to take before crossing the stage.
This meeting was pertaining to an incident In FAMU’S fall 2014 commencement when someone pulled the fire alarm.
Florida has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards and Chapter Two of FAMU’s Fire Safety guidelines state FAMU is under the jurisdiction of the Florida State Fire Marshal Office, which will have the authority to enter FAMU or any state-owned property to conduct an inspection or investigation.
FAMU employees and students are required to comply with appropriate sections of this policy.
Professor Lekan Latinwo of Molecular Environmental Toxicology said that setting safety precautions keeps the campus and classroom safer.
“Students should pay attention, not only to their surroundings outside, but also to materials in the lab,” said Latinwo.
Arianna Knox, a third-year food science student from Quincy says that these meetings are helpful to avoid critical issues.
“Minor mistakes can lead to major catastrophes.”