Suzanne Carr

Suzanne Carr, NP is recognized as the 2016 EHS Employee of the Year for her outstanding customer service, commitment to excellence and her tireless efforts in support of the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC). Suzanne consistently demonstrates the EHS core values of trust, respect and open communication. In addition to her daily patient care schedule, she also takes time to precept UNC School of Nursing students, supervise the UEOHC international travel program and respond to various exposure events on campus. She approaches each day with a positive attitude and her UEOHC and EHS co-workers value her teamwork and communication skills.

History of the Award

The Employee of the Year of Award was started in 2000 in recognition of an employee who met the mission of the organization and whose performance went above the norm. Former director Peter Reinhardt initiated the award. Beginning that first year, a traveling trophy was created and represents the past and future as the base of the trophy is the base of a lamp in the office of the first director of the department, Don Willhoit. The recipient is chosen by the director and emulates the values of the organization.

Core Values of the Department

  • Be a safe haven of trust, respect and open communication.
  • Foster constructive debate when appropriate.
  • Be a resource for new ideas and innovation.
  • Establish state of the art EHS protocols & procedures.
  • Utilize time and resources efficiently.
  • Value and encourage individual growth and development.
  • Collaborate and support each other through the twists and turns.

Fall Protection Program

EHS, Facilities Engineering, and Facilities Roof Shop implemented a process that ensures a unified voice on recommendations to the customer.

  • Tommy Simmons – Workplace Safety
  • Cory Kirkland – Facilities Safety
  • Josh Pates – Lead Roofer, Facilities Services
  • Sarah Towles – Assistant Director, Engineering Services, Facilities Services

Hot Work Program

To create a more efficient mechanism for hot work permitting, EHS developed an on-line permitting process with the assistance of ITS. Now, employees who need to perform hot work utilize the EHS website to complete a form, automatically populating a database with all of the relevant information. The new online application also integrates an EHS approval mechanism and automatically notifies emergency responders where hot work is taking place.

  • David Guynn – Fire Safety and Emergency Response Manager
  • Holly Harmes – IT Manager
  • Dirk Kumashiro – IT Applications Specialist

Safety Culture Lab Medal Award Program

This program presents laboratories with “medal” certificates based on their laboratory safety assessment from EHS lab inspections. The program, themed from the 2016 Summer Olympics, presents laboratories that receive an “outstanding” assessment with a gold medal certificate. Silver medal certificates are awarded for a “good” assessment and a “fair” assessment results in a bronze medal. EHS believes that this program will encourage friendly competition among the labs while promoting safety culture on the UNC campus.

  • Jonathan Moore – Associate Radiation Safety Officer
  • Nancy Verboon – IT Applications Analyst

Innovation Award

In 2010, the department instituted an Innovation Award in order to emphasize the department’s core values and to support innovation in environment, health and safety processes, education and customer service.

  • Utilize time and resources efficiently.
  • Be a resource for new ideas and innovation.
  • Establish state of the art EHS protocols & procedures.

Qualifications for the Award

  • Contribute to the improvement of the environment, health, or safety at UNC.
  • Be in the form of process, education, customer service, communication, policy, structure, or method.
  • Be applied.
  • Be in some stage of the process of activation, but does not necessarily have to be completed.
  • Have been identified and approved by EHS management before implementation can begin.

Safety Program for UNC-TV

Thru collaboration with UNC General Administration and UNC-TV, the University signed a memorandum of understanding for UNC-TV to adopt the University’s policies and procedures for a shared vision of safety. EHS worked with UNC–TV to establish a safety program for each UNC-TV station. Procedures and training programs were instituted to provide a safe workplace.

Environment, Health and Safety

  • Kim Haley, David Catalano – Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • Mary Crabtree – Workplace Safety
  • David Guynn, Adam Swift – Fire Safety
  • Frank Stillo – Hazardous Waste
  • Roger Sit – Radiation Safety

UNC-TV

  • Leadership and Staff

Collaboration Award

In 2010, the department instituted a Collaboraton Award in order to emphasize the department’s core values and to support the attribute of collaboration among EHS employees and between EHS employees and other University employees (or other groups or organizations).

EHS Core Values & Collaboration

  • Value and encourage individual growth and development.
  • Collaborate and support each other through the twists and turns.
  • Be a safe haven of trust, respect, and open communication.
  • Foster constructive debate when appropriate.

Qualifications for the Award

The recipient must exhibit outstanding contribution to collaboration by fulfilling one or more of the following attributes:

  • Agreement about objectives;
  • Respect for specialist expertise of another person;
  • Joint working, shared effort, shared responsibilities;
  • Blurring of professional boundaries (no use of rank in process);
  • Open and transparent lines of communication within groups and between people;
  • Behavior that instills confidence and respect for others;
  • Open and full discussions of all issues (no shortchanging of another person’s idea); and,
  • Empathy for others.