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With the breadth and depth of UNC research always expanding, the process of EHS compliance management is ongoing and ever changing, requiring a robust and adaptive management system. In 2018, the department continued to utilize an integrated management system for the University’s environment, health, and safety compliance programs. This effort was designed to ensure continuous improvements by incorporating a process of ongoing monitoring, reviews, and revisions of procedures and policies through the use of the Plan – Do – Check – Act (PDCA) model. Just as a circle has no end, the Plan – Do – Check – Act cycle is a four-step process model for carrying out change, cycling through each step for continuous improvement.

PDCA Model and Management Systems
PDCA Integrated Management System UNC EHS Management System
Plan Objectives
Work plans
Program development
Do Implementation and Operations Training
Lab Safety and Hazard Management Plans
Emergency response
Check Checking CLIP inspections
HMP inspections
Incident/accident statistics
Monthly reports
Annual reports
Performance reviews
Act Corrective and Preventive Actions Policy & procedure adoption
Strategic planning process

EHS Management SystemThe EHS organization continues to develop and implement tools and processes to proactively assist the campus in the areas of regulatory compliance for biological safety, chemical safety, radiation safety, controlled substances, export shipping controls, occupational safety, environmental permitting, fire/life safety, and emergency response. Monthly reporting metrics as well as the University’s safety committee structure support this process. A critical component of the management system is having the staff perform compliance verification and utilize this data for planning. Understanding and expertise in the science is essential to the development of a management compliance system.

Mission Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of Environment, Health & Safety supports the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and service by providing comprehensive environmental, health, and safety services to the University community. This includes education through training and consultation, maintaining a safe environment through recognizing and controlling health and safety hazards, ensuring a process of regulatory compliance, and minimizing future potential liabilities.

Mission of the Organization

  • Provide a safe work place.
  • Ensure a process of compliance.
  • Minimize future potential liabilities.

Values of the EHS Organization

  • Use time efficiently.
  • Be a resource for new ideas.
  • Connect to us relationally.
  • Stay with us on the journey through all twists and turns.
  • Establish state of the art safety and environmental protocols and procedures.
  • Enable us to be all we can be.

EHS Mottos

  • Be All You Can Be.
  • Strive Towards Excellence.

Core Diversity Values of the University

Core Diversity Values of the University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as an educational institution, is committed to the following core values with respect to diversity:

The University supports intellectual freedom, promotes personal integrity and justice, and pursues values that foster enlightened leadership devoted to improving the conditions of human life in the state, the nation, and the world.

The University believes that it can achieve its educational, research, and service mission only by creating and sustaining an environment in which students, faculty, and staff represent diversity, for example, of social backgrounds, economic circumstances, personal characteristics, philosophical outlooks, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, expectations, and aspirations, to mention some salient factors.

The University will achieve and maintain diversity on the campus through the admission of students and employment of faculty and staff who broadly reflect the ways in which we differ.

The University promotes intellectual growth and derives the educational benefits of diversity by creating opportunities for intense dialogue and rigorous analysis and by fostering mutually beneficial interactions among members of the community.

The University provides an environment that values and respects civility and cordiality of discourse in order that all members of a diverse community feel welcomed and feel free to express their ideas without fear of reprisal.

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