Safety Committee sends winter weather reminders


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Winter weather causes damage to the roads and parking lots on campus.

Rachel Looker, Asst. News Editor

The Marywood Employee Health and Safety Committee recently sent out winter weather safety reminders to employees listing the precautions to take in winter weather conditions.

The winter weather notice, sent via email and divided into three categories–planning ahead, walking safely, and taking precautions after arriving at a destination–reminded the faculty and staff to take careful measures during bad weather.

“The reminders focus on accident prevention and awareness,” said Molly Baron, Human Resources manager.

The reminder included tips like using caution when entering and exiting cars, walking on sidewalks that are clear of snow and ice, using caution when driving to campus, and planning extra time for traveling with bad road conditions.

“It is very important to be aware of your surroundings,” said Baron.

The Safety Committee also reminded faculty and staff to avoid distractions such as using cell phones when walking through campus to focus more on the road and sidewalk conditions as well as to remove snow from shoes or change shoes once arriving to help keep Marywood’s facilities clean and safe for all.

According to Baron, faculty and staff members have been following these reminders to help keep themselves and campus safe.

“I have seen employees carrying dress shoes and using snow boots,” said Baron.

Wendy Yankelitis, assistant vice president for Buildings and Grounds, said that they take everyone’s safety into consideration when making decisions regarding whether to delay or cancel the start of classes and opening of offices.

“If we are going to be sliding coming into work, it is not worth everybody trying to get here,” said Yankelitis.