Award-Winning EHS Staff
Congratulations to Emily Powell
Congratulations to EHS Fire Safety Professional, Emily Powell, who won a $400 scholarship to attend the Campus Fire Safety & Risk Management Annual Conference. The scholarship covers Emily’s attendance along with conference registration for one of her colleagues. Emily was picked for one of ten scholarships and wrote an essay detailing why a team from our institution should attend. Congratulations Emily!
2015 EHS Collaboration Award
Preparation of the Mary Ellen Jones building for Renovation: Cathy Brennan, David Catalano, Kara Milton, Jonathan Moore, Janet Philips, Jim Potts, Mike Soles, and Frank Stillo. Once all of the groups moved out of the Mary Ellen Jones building, EHS did a completed decontamination of the eleven story building prior to handing over the building to the project. This team physically worked to clean and decontaminate the entire building. Each team member worked as a group and took responsibility for the project.
2015 EHS Innovation Award
Janet Clarke: Map/Mapbook project and training for the Emergency Response team regarding guidance for cleaning up environmental spills. Mapbook project for Tier II reporting uploaded with the annual Tier II reports and distributed to both OWASA and CHFD community partners.
GIS layers and maps are visually innovative and can help solve problems in a nontraditional way. The resulting GIS layers and maps that Janet produced this year are used both internally in EHS in both the Environmental Affairs group and with the Emergency Response Team as well as externally with customers and partners such as Facilities Services, Energy Services, OWASA and CHFD. For example, now instead of a spreadsheet list of Tier II facilities, partners can view building footprints, geographic location, nearby facilities, utilities and hazards all in one glance. Janet continues to advance EHS’ grasp and use of GIS and is one of the innovative leaders implementing and advancing GIS among campus work units.
2015 EHS Employee of the Year
Nelda Hamlett was chosen as 2015 EHS Employee of the Year for her exemplification of professionalism and customer service. She is dedicated to the department and is a reliable source of information for every employee to help them complete their many tasks.
Nelda is a professional, always willing to give her best. She emulates the mission and values of the organization every day, providing excellent customer service and collaborating with numerous individuals and teams. She is often the first line of communication with our customers connecting relationally and with a focus on customer service. She is a perfect example of the EHS motto: Strive Towards Excellence.
2014 EHS Collaboration Award
Irradiator Transport: Roger Sit, Gerald Bida, Mark Brueckner, Montego Fearrington, John Grachus, Aaron Gunsalus, Jonathan Moore, Mike Soles, and Bradford Taylor. Received new irradiator for research at Marsico Hall. Event included providing traffic control; vendor escort; armed security during unloading, assembly on the dock, and installation into irradiation room; and population control. The event required pre-planning, strategic planning for security personnel placement and road closure, pre-notification to Department of Justice through ISAAC, and interfacing with NC RPS inspectors while on site.
2014 EHS Innovation Award
Mike Long: ASHRAE certification of the chemical fume hoods for Marsico Hall.
During the commissioning of Marsico Hall, there was a major problem in having ASHRAE certification of the chemical fume hoods. Mike took the lead in understanding the issue and developing a solution. He developed the certification procedure and updated all University documents for compliance. He also worked closely with the certifying vendor to ensure complete and relevant reports were submitted.
2014 EHS Employee of the Year
Kim Haley has been selected as the 2014 employee of the year for her exemplification of the best in the industrial hygiene profession and her dedication to the department and the University. She is a true professional always willing to give her best. Every day, she emulates the mission and values of the organization, provides high customer service and collaborates effectively with all groups on campus. She manages the University’s hearing conservation and testing program with professionalism and commitment. Her leadership of the annual confined space drills is an excellent example of her commitment to safety. She constantly researches new issues and ideas and strives for the best. She is committed to the community and performs outreach programs to local schools to introduce the profession of industrial hygiene to young students. She also is a perfect example of the EHS mottos “Be All You Can Be” and “Strive Towards Excellence.”
2013 EHS Collaboration Award
Implementation of Global Harmonization System OSHA Hazard Communications Standard: Cathy Brennan, Amy Butler, John Covely, Mary Crabtree, Nelda Hamlett, Kitty Lynn, Jonathan Moore, Neah Tucker, and Rebecca Watkins. In 2013, OSHA required implementation of the new Hazard Communications Global Harmonization Standard so that all hazard symbols would be the same throughout the world. This meant that all employees had to be trained to identify these new symbols in the calendar year. The GHS team generated a new training module for people that had already taken orientation training, added new slides to orientation training and made sure that the language was consistent through all EHS media. The CLIP inspectors promoted the new standard and training requirements during their regular inspections and new Avert and Safe Passages newsletters were created with a poster on the back showing the pictogram changes. The admin team fielded the dozens of calls from employees asking about the new training requirements and trained 20,000 University employees within a five month period.
2013 EHS Employee of the Year
Rebecca Watkins has been selected as the 2013 Employee of the Year for her dedication to the department and her role of keeping the EHS web site and applications on the cutting edge of design and navigation. She is our quiet hero of the department as she works effortlessly with all groups and takes pride in maintaining the daily functionality of the EHS website. The EHS website is our first line of communications to the University and Rebecca always responds to requests for updates in a timely professional fashion. She accepts new assignments with willingness and pride and does not hesitate to support the entire campus. This was demonstrated with her development of the reporting and registration process for the Minors on Campus Task Force. She emulates the mission and values of the organization every day and seeks to provide high customer service. She also is a perfect example of the EHS mottos “Be All You Can Be,” and “Strive Towards Excellence.”
NACUBO 2013 Innovation Award Winner – UNC-CH EHS Safe View 360
On July 14, 2013, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) awarded the UNC-CH Environment, Health and Safety department its annual Innovation Award. Aaron Schmidt, Chemical Safety Specialist, accepted the award on behalf of the University.
Safe View 360 is the process of photographing the interiors of laboratories from floor to ceiling with a camera and software EHS purchased from an outside vendor. This process provides a 360-degree view of lab interiors so that fire and other emergency responders can view the interior of a room before they enter. They can see where flammable cabinets, fume hoods or other laboratory equipment is located as well as the ability to view behind doors and around corners, if they need to navigate through smoke. Additionally, it gives emergency responders some psychological support, because entering a room full of fire and smoke is unnerving, even for the best-trained responders.
This imagery is available onsite on a laptop or tablet, or in the EHS Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to aid in emergency management and planning, with the ability to easily pan completely around a room. In conjunction with geo-referenced floor plans as well as oblique and orthogonal exterior imagery, first responders and planners now have visual information about University buildings from a variety of perspectives.
While continuing to collect images for laboratory spaces, EHS is also interested in other applications of this technology. Possible examples include collaborating with public safety officials for security concerns such as the presence of an active shooter and taking images from mechanical rooms and rooftops for more thorough maintenance and facility services planning.
The UNC-CH Environment, Health and Safety department specializing in providing biosafety, chemical safety, fire safety and emergency response, radiological safety, environmental affairs, occupational and environmental hygiene, employee health and workplace safety. The UNC-CH department will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014.
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Innovation Award seeks to honor the achievement of higher education institutions of each constituent type (community colleges, comprehensive and doctoral institutions, research universities and small institutions) in the following areas of business and financial administration:
- Process Improvement to recognize higher education institutions that have successfully re-engineered or designed a program, improving service delivery of administrative activity in response to a campus need.
- Resource Enhancement to recognize higher education institutions that have successfully reduced costs, increased revenues or improved productivity in response to a campus need.
CSHEMA Complete Safety Program Award of Honor
On July 16, 2013, the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) presented the 2013 CSHEMA Complete Safety Program Award of Honor to the UNC-CH Environment, Health and Safety department. Mary Beth Koza, Director, accepted the award on behalf of the department.
The Award of Honor for the Complete Safety Program is the highest award a member institution can receive from the association and is awarded only when one of its members meets the highest standards for the award. The award recognizes the University’s strive for excellence in designing and implementing safety programs including biological safety, laboratory safety, fire and life safety, chemical safety, environmental management, radiological safety, waste management, emergency preparedness, government relations, communications and administrative leadership.
Founded in 1953, CSHEMA has more than 3,000 members from more than 450 public and private colleges and universities and is the only association representing a broad range of health and safety issues at academic and research institutions.
Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Program (MESH) Certificate
Mary Crabtree, Manager of EHS Workplace Safety, and Neah Tucker, EHS Occupational Field Hygienist, has received the Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Program (MESH) certificate from NC State University and the NC Department of Labor. NC Labor Commissioner, Cherie K. Berry, said about the awards to Mary and Neah: “The Certificate reflects a commitment to workplace safety and health, an objective that we consider essential in making sure that workers in this state go home safe at the end of the workday.”
The MESH program is designed to increase the professionalism of environmental, safety and health managers at governmental, commercial, and manufacturing sties in North Carolina through a rigorous series of continuing education programs. The MESH program strives to recognize environmental managers and raise industry standards, and increase the value of these practitioners to their employers and others to whom their services are provided.
2012 EHS Innovation Award
Cathy Brennan and Aaron Schmidt received the Innovation Award this year for their work on the Safe View 360 project. Safe View 360 is the process of photographing the interiors of laboratories from floors to ceilings with a camera and software. This provides a 360-degree view of lab interiors so that fire and other responders can view the interior of a room before they enter. They can see where a flammable cabinet, toxic gas cylinder or other equipment is located. They can see what is behind doors and around corners, so they can know how to navigate through smoke, if necessary. They can see where certain chemical and biological hazards are located, so they can take preventative measures. Additionally, it gives emergency responders some psychological support, because entering a room full of fire and smoke is unnerving, even for the best-trained responders. This unique innovation will dramatically improve the safety of emergency first responders in the event of a lab accident or fire.
2012 UNC Employee Forum Call of Duty Award
Mark Brueckner, Associate Radiation Safety Officer, received the UNC Employee Forum Call of Duty award.
2012 EHS Collaboration Award
Facilities Waste Handling and Disposal Posters: Frank Stillo, John Covely, Larry Daw, Sharon Myersand Steve Parker. CSHEMA Award Application Project: Mary Crabtree, Cathy Brennan, and John Covely. Limited Lab Access Decon and Move: Kara Milton, Penny Padgett, Constance Birden, Deb Howard and 10 UNC employee partners, who will receive an award certificate. Bringing the Kannapolis Lab Online: Deb Howard, Mary Beth Koza and 11 UNC employee partners, who will receive an award certificate. Hazardous Waste Poster: Cathy Brennan, Steve Parker, Frank Stillo, Ray Bond, Jonathan Moore and John Covely. University Campus Wide Flu Clinics: John Covely,Rebecca Watkins, Dr. James Hill, Amy Butler, Nelda Hamlett, Vanessa Wise, Janet Clarke, 34 UNC employee partners, 5 Maxim Healthcare employees and 21 Maxim Healthcare nurses, who will receive an award certificate. UNCH Wellness Center and UNC-CH Family Flu Clinic: John Covely, Roger Sit, Debra Bergman, John Murphy, Frank Stillo, Cathy Brennan, Mary Beth Koza, UNCH and UNCH Wellness Center employees and nine Maxim healthcare nurses.
2012 EHS Employee of the Year
Janet Clarke was selected 2012 EHS Employee of the Year because of an ability to combine her dedication to environmental compliance and protection of campus water resources with a passion for training, outstanding incident investigation and resolution skills. The ability to combine these important attributes has been a hallmark of her role as Stormwater Specialist. When a significant spill of cooking grease occurred due to poor grease storage and handling practices at a campus restaurant, Janet implemented a program for training employees of campus restaurant facilities and worked with restaurants to improve the way they manage their used cooking oil. She provided creative ideas, storage infrastructure and firm yet friendly compliance inspections. In doing so, the resolution of compliance problems became “teachable moments” that enhanced the environmental awareness of restaurant personnel in a non-punitive way.
2011 EHS Innovation Award
When maintenance or repair is needed for cesium and x ray irradiators, outside companies are hired to do the work. This means researchers often wait weeks for a repair that can cost thousands of dollars. Mark Brueckner took the initiative to learn how to do many of the incidental repair and maintenance tasks on these important research tools and realized that he could make the repairs. This proactive approach not only saved thousands of dollars for UNC researchers, it eliminated the downtime of the units. In one case, Mark’s effort saved three weeks of downtime. Another repair saved a world-class researcher more than $15,000 in maintenance costs. Mark’s innovative spirit enabled him to go beyond the norm to serve his customers and make the University a safer and healthier place to teach, learn and serve.
2011 EHS Collaboration Award
Becca Artinian, Mary Crabtree, Jim Hill, Dirk Kumashiro, Ann Law, Sherice Love, and Vanessa Wise were all instrumental in the development of a web-based online scheduling system for the UEOHC.
2011 EHS Employee of the Year
Ray Bond was selected 2011 EHS employee of the year because he emulates the mission and values of the organization every day, serving as the quarterback of the University’s Hazardous Materials Facility (HMF). He is an expert in classifying, packaging and bulking various waste chemicals and plays a critical role in maintaining compliance with applicable hazardous waste regulations. When a colleague left the team, Ray continued to perform his normal duties at HMF and then took on more responsibility by helping in coordinating and participating in the waste collection efforts. Aided by several of his Environmental Affairs associates, Ray selflessly stepped up and worked tirelessly to keep the waste management and disposal process moving as efficiently as possible. Ray’s expertise in hazardous materials and wastes, his teamwork, proficiency, and dedication to compliance proved to be make a major difference for the Environmental Affairs section.
2011 Star Heel Awards
Rebecca Watkins and Dan Vick received Star Heel awards for work on online flu clinic information and the I-129 process, respectively.
2010 EHS Innovation Award
Janet Phillips and Kim Haley, Industrial Hygienists, won the 2010 EHS Innovation Award for their work in putting asbestos and lead information in SPOTS. Management of the University’s data concerning the location and abatement of asbestos and lead is an enormous task. Kim and Janet wanted to find a way to store and then easily access the data. They evaluated the possibilities and decided to use a Facilities Services program called SPOTS, for Space Planning and Occupancy Tracking System. SPOTS is a web-based real time information system that allows facilities services personnel access to facility ploor plans, including electrical and plumbing information with dynamic highlighting and labeling of every single building on campus. The task then was to put asbestos and lead information into SPOTS so it could graphically and photographically display the information for all televant campus buildings. EHS can now easily track asbestos and lead data being generated by environmental consultants and remediation contractors. Afte abatement of the areas, EHS is able to update SPOTS without losing the historical data. The asbestos and lead data can be found prior to renovation/demolition activities and/or maintenance activities. Architects and engineering firms can access the information prior to scheduled projects.
2010 EHS Collaboration Award
Janet Clarke, Fire Safety Inspector, won the 2010 EHS Collaboration Award for her work on reducing false fire alarms. As Fire Safety Inspector, Janet compiled statistics to determine the causes and prevention of fire alarms in residence halls and developed training for the Resident Advisors. She gathered the following groups to work together on this project and each group brought their technical expertise to the team meetings and implemented the actions needed to reduce fire alarms.
2010 EHS Employee of the Year
Mark Brueckner, Health Physicist, won the 2010 EHS Employee of the Year Award. Mark emulates the mission and values of the organization every day and provides consistent high balue service to his customers. The implementation of the security upgrades pertaining to the irradiators, the daily operations and maintenance of the irradiators as well as the training of the users were contributing factors to his selection. Mark’s role in overseeing the radiation protection program for the manufacture and testing of the latest emerging imaging technology (carbon nanotube based x-ray devices) demonstrates his willingness to accept additional responsibilities and increase his knowledge.
2010 Star Heel Awards
Joe Sutton, Daniel Gilleski, and Debra Bergman won Star Heel Awards for their H1N1 personal protective equipment fit-testing preparations.
2010 UNC Leadership Certificate with Human Resources
Kitty Lynn received this certificate after completing a class of 56 hours geared towards teamwork and management skills.