State regulations require each state agency (including universities) to create health and safety committees to perform workplace inspections, review injury and illness records, make advisory recommendations to the administration, and perform other functions determined by the State Personnel Commission to be necessary for the effective implementation of the State Workplace Requirement Program.

The USSC is responsible for reviewing and approving each of the workplace safety committee’s recommended safety policy and procedures. Once approved, the recommendations are forwarded to the Chancellor for approval before implementation.

Jonathan Pruitt
Chair, Safety and Security Committee; Vice Chancellor, Finance and Operations
Derek Kemp
Assistant Chair, Safety and Security Committee; Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Safety and Risk Management
Lorraine Alexander
Chair, Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Linc Butler
Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Human Resources
Winston Crisp (delegated to Chris Payne)
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Doug Cyr
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee; Professor, Cell & Development Biology
Beverly J. Errede
Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Judy Faubert
Assistant University Counsel
Craig Fletcher
Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine
Matthew Hawkins
Chair, Occupational Health and Clinical Safety Committee; HR Data & Reporting Manager
David Kaufman
Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee; Professor & Vice Chair, Research Development
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Terry Magnuson (delegated to Craig Fletcher)
Vice Chancellor, Research & Economic Development
Jeff McCracken
Chair, Campus Personal Safety Committee; Director, Public Safety
Chris Payne
Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Mitchell Picker
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; Professor, Department of Psychology
Paul Pogge
Associate Athletics Director
Michael Rolleri
Chair, Hazards Management Committee; Associate Professor, Center for Dramatic Art
Dalton Sawyer
Business Resiliency Leader, UNC Health Care
Anna Wu
Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services

Committees

This committee focuses on the receipt, usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals along with the emerging issues of health and safety in the laboratory environment.  The laboratory work environment consists of those work units that are subject to the OSHA Laboratory Standard and laboratory EHS issues not pertaining to biological safety or radiation safety.  The Lab Safety Committee is responsible for reviewing safety and health policies and procedures, reviewing incidents involving work-related fatalities, injuries, illnesses or near misses related to laboratory and chemical safety, reviewing employee complaints regarding safety and health hazards, analyzing  work injury and illness statistical records related to laboratory and chemical safety, conducting inspections of laboratories and worksites utilizing chemicals at least annually and in response to complaints regarding safety or health hazards, reviewing training records related to laboratory and chemical safety, conducting meetings at least once every three months, and maintaining written minutes of such meetings.

  • Implement Safety Supervisors subcommittee recommendations:  training, annual meeting, FAQ, and/or incentives. (Continue in 2018.)
  • Examine historical injury data for cut/puncture and needle stick to target injury reduction and disseminate information using various modes of communication (updating trainings, safety fairs, posters, newsletters, etc.) (Continue in 2018 – look for other universities and how they have dealt with or decreased)
  • LCSC definition of lab safety culture and logo. (Completed)
  • Distribute lab safety info by providing opt-in as part of LSP certification so all researchers receive info.
  • Participate in Lab Safety Fair, demos to address cut/puncture, vendors, Chem Safety class involvement.
Lorraine Alexander
Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Chair, Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee
Pat Boone
Assistant Director, UNC Healthcare Environmental, Health and Safety
Cathy Brennan
Chemical Hygiene Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Nita Eskew
Director of Undergraduate Labs, Chemistry
Anthony Hackney
Professor, Physiology and Nutrition, Exercise and Sport Science
Michael Liang
Graduate Student, Chemistry
Rihe Liu
Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry & Natural Products, Pharmacy
Todd O’Buckley
Research Specialist, Alcohol Studies Center
Jim Potts
Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Kathryn Reissner
Assistant Professor, Psychology
The IBC is responsible for the oversight, administration, and review of UNC‐CH Lab policies and projects involving research with rDNA and hazardous biological materials that may pose safety, health, or environmental risks. To this end, the IBC assists and advises Principal Investigators and other researchers in meeting their responsibilities to ensure that the biological aspects of the research are conducted in a safe manner using established biosafety standards, principles and work authorization. Safe research includes worker safety, public health, agricultural and environmental protection, ethics, and compliance with applicable biosafety standards and UNC-CH policies.

  • Continue the review of the IBC policies and procedures for compliance and efficiency. (Completed)
  • Work with UNC-CH IT to improve the IBC form submittal and approval process. (Completed)
  • Perform a comprehensive IBC self-assessment using the “Self-Assessment Tool for Institutional Biosafety Committees and Programs of Oversight of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Research” provided by the NIH.
Doug Cyr
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee; Professor, Cell & Development Biology
Victoria Baxter
Assistant Professor, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Sandra Bradshaw
Laboratory Manager, Orange Water & Sewer Authority
Peggy Cotter
Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Garry Coulson
Biological Safety Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Aravinda Desilva
Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Craig Fletcher
Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Stanley M. Lemon
Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Ann Matthysse
Professor, Biology
Barry McLamb
Emergency Management Coordinator, Town of Chapel Hill
Judith Nielsen
Professor, Laboratory Animal Medicine
Barbara Savoldo
Research Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Amy Sims
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
This committee focuses on Occupational Health services for University personnel and the emerging issues of health and safety for employees working in the clinic environment. The clinic work environment is primarily characterized by activities involving patient contact and exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. The clinical work environment frequently has additional health and safety requirements imposed by accreditation organizations, such as the Joint Commission.

  • Reduction of OSHA recordable incidents through education, out-reach and training. (Ongoing)
  • Increase awareness of reporting of incident and the reporting process. (Ongoing)
  • Standardize the EHS/UEOHC on-boarding of HC Faculty. (Ongoing)
  • Decease noncompliance of New Employee Orientation training for HC employees. (Removed)
  • Improve onboarding of clinical employees across all professional schools within the University.
  • Reduction of OSHA recordable by 10 percent through education, outreach and training in select schools.
  • Review training requirements for New Employee Orientation–Clinic, identifying areas of improvement.
James Hawkins
HR Date/Reporting Manager, Medicine Administration; Chair, Occupational Health and Clinical Safety Committee
Deb Bergman
Worker’s Compensation/Clinical Hygienist, Environment, Health and Safety
Faith Burks
Human Resources, School of Nursing
Benny Burton, Sr.
Facility Maintenance Technician, Facilities Services, Building Services
Mary Crabtree
Workplace Safety Manager, Environment, Health and Safety
Abby Fisher
Business Manager, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Martin Folliard
Director of Risk Management and Compliance, School of Dentistry
Cheryl Henderson
Nurse Manager, Family Medicine
James Hill
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, Medical Director-UEOHC
Ryan Meehan
Environment of Care Manager, Campus Health Services
Jennifer Rees
Nurse Supervisor, TraCS Institute
John Sledge
Human Resources, Pediatrics
Annetta Streater
Director of Patient Relations, Clinical Affairs
Charlene Womble
Administrative Specialist, School of Nursing
The mission of the Clinical Exposure Subcommittee is to identify and address clinical occupational hazards that undergraduate and professional students are exposed to as part of their clinical training. This subcommittee reports to the Occupational Health and Clinical Safety Committee.

Meg Beal
Physician’s Assistant Program
Susan Beck
Allied Health Sciences
Jennie Brame
Dental Ecology
Alan Brown
AHEC
Michelle Camarena
Campus Health Services
Thevy Chai
Campus Health Services
Ann Chelminski
Campus Health Services
Andrew Clapper
Pharmacy
Kayla Conley
Allied Health Sciences
Susan Coppola
Occupational Therapy
Georgette Dent
Medicine
Marty Folliard
Dentistry
Melody Gibson
Campus Health Services
James Hill
Medicine
Jane Kerwin
Nursing
Mary Beth Koza
Environment, Health and Safety
Carol Kozel
Campus Health Services
Bernice Mayo
Medicine
Dana McCarty
Physical Therapy
Kathy Moore
Nursing
Martha Mundy
Audiology
Andrew Murrell
Nursing
Joy Renner
Radiologic Science
Wendy Ross
Allied Health Sciences
John Schimmelfing
Campus Health Services
Judy Schmidt
Rehab & Mental Health Counseling
Hannah Siburt
Audiology
Elizabeth Steadman
Medicine
Laine Stewart
Allied Health Sciences
Annetta Streater
Dentistry
Mercedes Tolbert
Pharmacy (Asheville)
Sandra Void
Laboratory Science
Jessica Ward
Nursing
David Weber
UNC Hospitals
Tracy Williams
Dentistry
Peggy Wilmoth
Nursing
Brad Wingo
Pharmacy
This committee focuses on the emerging issues of health and safety for employees working in the office, support services, and industrial, maintenance/construction work environments. The support services work environment consists of activities that are conducted outside of the office environment, usually involve public contact and may involve hazardous materials. These environments can include the Department of Public Safety, Department of Environment, Health and Safety, Material Support, and Housekeeping. The industrial, maintenance and construction work environment consists of those work units whose primary activities are performed at various locations around campus and at fixed locations, using industrial-type machines and equipment. These units include Facilities Services, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC Shops, Grounds, Athletics, Finley Golf Course operations, and Electronics Office Service Center and some academic shops.

  • Successfully implemented safety suggestion boxes throughout the campus community. (Completed)
  • Promote continuous awareness on the importance of proper PPE use.
  • Increase awareness on ways to prevent slips, trips and falls with handouts and at UNC safety fairs.
Michael Rolleri
Chair, Hazards Management Committee; Associate Professor of Dramatic Art
Brad Barnes
Energy Services
Robin Bennington
Risk Management Services
Christine Bhirdo
Assistant Operations Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine
Mary Crabtree
Workplace Safety Manager, Environment, Health and Safety
Lisa Daley
Human Resources Manager, Energy Services
Todd Going
Life Safety Services
Richie Grimsley
Athletics
Deborah Hawkins
Transportation and Parking
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Tonya Miller
Laboratory Animal Medicine
Phillip Spangler
Law School
Neah Tucker
Environment, Health and Safety
Shawn Womack
Housekeeping Services
The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for establishing policies governing the procurement, use, storage and disposal of radioactive materials and radiation-producing devices. The Committee includes individuals experienced in the use or application of radioactive materials and radiation devices and provides a peer review of these uses among researchers at the University. The Committee meets at least quarterly to review reports on the receipt and disposal of radioactive materials/radiation-producing devices, and to act on applications for authorization to use these sources. The Committee, along with its Chairman, is appointed by the Chancellor. It makes an annual report of activities to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

  • Monitor the design and startup of a new FDA-approved clean room at the Cyclotron facility for the production of human-use radiopharmaceuticals. (In process)
  • Develop and apply for a Manufacturing and Distribution license for use at the Cyclotron facility. (In process)
  • Monitor upgrade of RMS systems for irradiator facilities. (Completed)
  • Acquire a Manufacturing & Distribution License for Cyclotron facility.
  • Renew radioactive materials license for UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute.
  • Train UNC-CH police officers and UNCH Police officers on the use of personal radiation detectors.
David Kaufman
Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee; Professor & Vice Chair for Research Development
Beverly Errede
Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee; Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics
Louise M. Ball
Professor, Environmental Science & Engineering
Marija Ivanovic
Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Jian Liu
Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry/Natural Products
Jeff Sekelsky
Associate Professor, Biology
Roger Sit
University Radiation Safety Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Rita Tamayo
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Mahesh Varia
Professor, Vice Chair Department of Radiation Oncology
Hong Yuan
Director, BRIC Small Animal Imaging Facility