Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities Services
Ricky (left) and Chhay (right) are part of our maintenance staff.
They are in fall protection gear to clean out the gutters on the roof. Safety first!

Safety & Facilities News
Spring 2021


The Safety and Facilities Newsletter is sent out once a semester. This newsletter comes from Reed's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Facilities Services offices and includes safety information and opportunities as well as facilities related updates and information.

Visit the EHS website or email to learn more about EHS. Visit the Facilities Services website or email to learn more about Facilities Services.

Reporting Near Misses

A near miss is an incident that could have potentially caused an injury, but did not. Even though there is no injury, near misses need to be reported! This could be as small as stumbling over a curled rug, or something more serious like almost falling from a ladder. By reporting near misses, EHS can identify the cause and implement changes to help prevent an incident from happening again. We want to get that curled up rug replaced to avoid someone tripping and falling. We want to ensure that our ladders are in working order and that users are properly trained on ladder use. We want to fix issues BEFORE someone gets hurt. Reporting near misses can help prevent someone from getting injured in the future.

If the incident was caused by a job related task, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. Work with your supervisor to fill out the Near Miss Report Form and email it to EHS ( EHS will work with the supervisor to identify corrective actions such as training, repairs, replacing equipment, etc.

If the incident was not caused by a job related task, email EHS ( directly with information about the incident. EHS will follow up with the appropriate contacts to address the issue and identify corrective actions.

Check out our Accident/Incident Reporting Program for more information.

Things to Consider Post-Storm

Our grounds team has worked extensively to remove hazards over campus, but we want the community to be on alert for any branches or debris on campus that look concerning. If you see anything concerning and it should be addressed right away, contact Community Safety. For issues that are non-urgent, submit a Maintenance Request. Although snowstorms in Portland are very uncommon, this type of storm is bound to happen again. Now is the time to reflect and consider how you can better be prepared the next time a storm hits.

Annual Campus Water Testing

Since 1982, EHS and Facilities has been doing annual water testing across campus. As per EPA regulation, we test for lead and copper, which can cause health issues. We also test for iron which can affect taste and color, but is not a health concern. This year, we have added bacterial colony counts to our analysis which can be used as an indicator for poor water quality and highlight areas that need attention. From this year's results, we identified 3 water fixtures that need to be replaced. All of these fixtures are old drinking fountains which have been turned off since the beginning of the pandemic. We will be replacing these fixtures and they will be turned off until full replacement is done.

No Burning Materials in Dorms

As mentioned in the housing contract, burning of any materials in the residence halls is prohibited. Also, residents must not misuse/tamper with fire safety equipment such as covering or removing smoke detectors. Read more about this in the Housing Contract under Health & Fire Safety.

Doris Hall's 40 Years at Reed!

March 24, 2021 marks 40 years of service to Reed by Doris. Doris was hired as the cashier for the Business Office in 1981. She worked there for 6 years before moving to Facilities as the Office Manager, where she has been ever since. 9 new buildings have been built and numerous major remodels and additions have been done since Doris joined Facilities. All of which we would never have been able to keep a proper accounting of without her expertise and attention to detail! Doris also raised her 3 sons, Andre, Naeem, and AJ, while working at Reed. Thank you Doris for all of your hard work and dedication to Reed and Facilities Services!

Facilities Staff Spotlights


Dylan Carlson

Dylan is a Grounds Technician who joined Reed in summer 2019. You can find him working in the Canyon or near the Cross-Canyon dorms. Recently, Dylan noticed a hazardous tree near Bragdon and we were able to remove it before it failed and caused injury or damage! Dylan is a member of the Hopi Tribe (Sun Clan) and enjoys biking, hiking, film-photography, and being outdoors. Say ‘hi’ next time you see him!

Tuong Ngo

Tuong is the lead custodian for swing shift and has been at Reed for 20 years! Tuong has a reputation of stepping up in very difficult situations. During the snowstorm, Tuong was an essential person in successfully keeping campus running amongst everything going on. He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys his wife's great cooking! We are so grateful to have Tuong working at Reed!

Welcome New Facilities Staff

Amy Lachenmeier joined the Grounds Team on January 4th. We're so happy to have Amy here!

Facilities Services Office Staff

Steve Yeadon
Director of Facilities Operations

Laurel Brown
Assistant Director of Facilities Operations

April Sams
Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health & Safety

Kori Lay
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Doris Hall
Office Manager

Sharon Sanchez Santa Rita
Administrative Coordinator

Bill Vaughan
Building Services Manager

Zac Perry
Grounds Supervisor
Reed College Environmental Health & Safety
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202-8138
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