Safety Committee

The Bemidji State University Joint Labor-Management Safety Committee was established in its current form and held its first meeting in January 1996. The Safety Committee was formed in accordance with sound safety management principles and in compliance with State statute and agreements between the State of Minnesota and several of the Labor Unions representing BSU employees. Committee members include representatives from several of the campus’ bargaining units who were appointed to the committee by their respective bargaining units. The initial request for representatives was sent to all local union representatives in November 1995.

The Safety Committee’s functions include but are not limited to, review of reports of property damage and personal injury incidents and alleged hazardous working conditions, reviewing and recommending safety policies, supporting development and implementation of a strong campus safety program, review of building security issues, assessing regulatory compliance, and actively supporting safety, both on and off the job.

The Safety Committee meets at least quarterly, but may meet more often as needed. All BSU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact the Safety Committee with any concerns, questions, or suggestions regarding campus safety. The committee is especially interested in reports of “near miss” accidents so that they may be reviewed and actions can be taken to prevent them from becoming “real” accidents.

Current membership includes:

  • Barbara Butler, AFSCME, Local 1949, Council 5, BU 206
  • Larry Strowbridge AFSCME, Local 1949, Council 5
  • Rosanne Erickson, AFSCME, Local 1949, Council 5
  • Dale Dreyer, MAPE
  • Scott Theisen, MAPE
  • Mark Morrissey, MSUAAF
  • Erin Morrill, Public Safety Security Coordinator, Chair
  • Travis Barnes, Finance and Administration Representative
  • Carol Hess, Human Resources Representative
  • Ron Beckstrom, Administrative Affairs Representative
  • Allen Bedford, Academic Affairs Representative
  • The Safety Committee is in the process of adding new members, please check back for changes in 2020.

2020 Safety Committee Schedule

The BSU Health and Safety Committee has voted to meet monthly for 2020. Below are the meeting dates, time and locations.

  • March 12th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • April 9th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 320
  • May 14th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • June 11th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • July 9th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • August 13th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • September 10th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • October 8th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • November 12th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300
  • December 10th: 10-11:30am, Memorial 300