Facilities & Safety Committee

MISSION—What is our purpose?  To create and promote a safe learning environment for students and employees at Helena College.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES—What is available to us to achieve purpose?

  • Committee Members
  • Staff, faculty, and students
  • Other UM campuses
  • Community experts in various fields relating to safety
  • Online safety resources, created in-house documents and programs


  • Student Success: To provide a safe environment for students to pursue their goals.
    • Respond to safety concerns and safety work orders in a timely manner
    • Set up inspection teams, and conduct safety inspections at both campuses two times per year
  • Connect with Community: Connect with community by consulting with community experts concerning safety issues.
    • Send a member of the Helena College Safety Committee to the Capital Area Safety and Health (CASH) meeting on a monthly basis.
    • Will continue to annually consult with Helena emergency responders to ensure we are meeting their requirements for easy access and meeting our responsibilities during emergencies, such as evacuations.
  • Create Access: Create a learning environment where all students and employees have access to safety facilities, access to safety training, and access to safety information.
    • Create a training list of all the safety training that needs to be done for all faculty and staff.
    • Hold two fire drills each year at both campuses.
    • Have self-inspection check lists ready to be distributed by the start of each year.
    • Send out reports via e-mail concerning safety minutes and known safety problems.
    • Update all Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) manuals.
  • Develop Resources: Allocate resources and develop protocols to improve accessibility and visibility of safety procedures and reporting and tracking of safety concerns.
    • Procure an operating budget for the safety committee.
    • Update and expand upon Quick Reference material located in classrooms.

ASSESSMENT W/CHANGES—Measurement of your progress toward goals and resulting revisions

  • Mid-year assessment of the progress of goal attainment.
  • Safety committee minutes from all monthly meetings will be posted to the Helena College web site. 

SYNOPSIS—State of the Program Summary


  • Creation of Quick Reference Emergency information posted in each classroom.
  • Immediate attention to problem areas that caused accidents.
  • Provided ice cleats to every employee on campus during the winter.
  • Budgeted and provided new snow removal and equipment for the facilities. 


  • No budgetary funding for the safety committee.
  • Low attendance (50%) by the committee members to the meetings.

Core Themes

  • Provide Access and Support: high quality opportunities to participate in educational activities and appropriate support
  • Demonstrate Academic Excellence:  high degree of quality in all programming
  • Strengthen the Community: high level of response to community needs

Meeting Times:  1x/month, 2nd Wednesday

Committee Members

Committee Members

Matt Schmidt, Chair

Colleen Dever (recorder)
Rick Caron
Jan Campana
Dauneen Durrant
Doug Engleking
Russ Fillner
Tim Harris
Roger Knapstad
Barb McAlmond
Matt Moyer
Phillip Sawatzki
Seth Slocum
Elizabeth Stearns-Sims
Mike Wiederhold