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Mary Beth Koza
Mary Beth Koza, Executive Director, Environment, Health and Safety and Risk Management

Welcome to the eleventh annual report of the UNC Department of Environment, Health, and Safety and Risk Management. This report is our mechanism for communicating the activities of the EHS and Risk Management departments and how our work supports a safe campus. We continue to generate a culture that is both performance-oriented and customer-focused. As a service organization, we value communication, collaboration and customer service. These three C’s drive a safety culture and support the mission of the University.

Our equation for Safety Culture, which supports the mission of the University, is:

Safety Culture = Leadership + Organizational Design (Budget and Structure) + Empowerment of the Individual

Our programs are designed to provide knowledge, service and accountability. Accountability is a critical component of a proactive safety culture. Our University safety committees are instrumental in this endeavor, and their activities and accomplishments can be seen on the Committees page.

Our commitment to continuous improvement is demonstrated in our Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) management system, which provides a framework of policies, processes and procedures. It helps provide the structure of how the people, the information and the technology are integrated, and it provides our students with a unique learning experience.

This year, we launched the “Flag the Hazard” campaign, since providing a safe work environment is the main driver of our work. Without collaboration and communication with all the members of our campus community, it would not be possible. Throughout this report you will see specific examples that demonstrate the diversity of our operations.

I continue to invite every individual to utilize the process of hazard evaluation in all your activities, whether personal or work-related. Approaching every task with self-awareness, deliberation and caution are elements of accident prevention that can provide all of us with safer and healthier lives.

Please take the time to review this report and learn something new. This report would not be possible without the dedication to excellence and collaboration the staff strives for daily. As a team, we take great pride in our accomplishments and in contributing to the health and safety of one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions and the oldest public university.

We also recognize and commend our fellow Tar Heels. It is their commitment to health and safety, their collaborative spirit, and their pride in being part of a great University that makes UNC-Chapel Hill a safe and healthy place to teach, learn and serve.

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Mary Beth Koza, Executive Director
Environment, Health and Safety and Risk Management


Mary Beth Koza
Executive Director, Environment, Health and Safety and Risk Management
Amy Butler
Dosimetry Technician
Rashad Carlson
Administrative Assistant

Biological Safety

Garry Coulson, Ph.D.
Biological Safety Officer/Manager
Jessica Poole, M.S.
Associate Biological Safety Officer
Erika England
Biological Safety Specialist
Chad Pleasants
Biological Safety Specialist
Eric Lewis, Ph.D.
Biological Safety Specialist

Chemical Safety

Catherine Brennan
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Jim Potts
Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer
Nick Caligari
Chemical Safety Specialist
Travis Wilson
Chemical Safety Specialist

Environmental Affairs

Larry Daw
Environmental Compliance Officer
Sharon Myers
Environmental/Stormwater Compliance Officer
Steve Parker
Hazardous Materials Manager
Ray Bond
Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist
Mike Novitzky
Hazardous/Radioactive Materials Specialist
Kyle Wilson
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Michael Burton
Radioactive Materials Specialist
Janet Clarke
Environmental Specialist

Fire Safety and Emergency Response

Adam Swift
Fire Safety and Emergency Response Manager
Ashley Hester
Fire Safety Professional
Emily Powell
Fire Safety Professional

Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Taylor Moore
Industrial Hygienist
Kim Haley
Industrial Hygienist
David Catalano
Occupational/Environmental Field Hygienist

Radiation Safety

Roger Sit PhD, CHP
Radiation Safety Officer
Bradford Taylor, M.S.
Associate Radiation Safety Officer
Jonathan Moore, M.S.
Associate Radiation Safety Officer
Mark Brueckner
Associate Radiation Safety Officer
Stephen Guarino
Cyclotron Health Physicist
Sharn Jeffries
Lead Health Physics Technologist
Aaron Gunsalus
Health Physics Technologist
Matthew Barrett
Health Physics Technologist
Montego Fearrington
Health Physics Technician


James Hill, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director
Sherice Love
Administrative Support Associate

Workplace Safety

Mary Crabtree
Debra Bergman
Workers’ Compensation/Clinical Hygienist
Neah Tucker, M.S.
Occupational Field Hygienist
Nicholas Gill
Workplace Safety Specialist
Cory Kirkland
Facilities Services Safety Officer

Risk Management

Janet Hoernke
Insurance & Risk Manager
Robin Bennington
Insurance & Risk Manager
Drew Nicholson
Risk Management Specialist
Each service section within EHS has unique and specific management duties and responsibilities that are determined by any number of compliance requirements, state and federal regulatory agencies, university policies, industry standards, and a commitment to going beyond compliance, when possible, to ensure a safe and healthy campus, community and state.

Biological Safety

Biological Safety provides guidance, assistance, and surveillance over research activities involving biohazardous agents, recombinant DNA, bloodborne pathogens, and biohazardous waste management. Biological Safety monitors and reviews the performance and maintenance of laboratory containment systems and provides technical support to EHS incident responders.

Chemical Safety

The main function of the Chemical Safety section is to manage the process of improving safety through education, compliance, and the constant task of identifying and evaluating potential safety hazards in order to reach the destination of a safe research laboratory environment. Because the breadth and depth of UNC research is always expanding, the process of safety improvement is ongoing and ever-changing, providing daily challenges to support the research process.

Environmental Affairs

The Environmental Affairs section proactively manages the environmental permitting of the campus and ensures compliance with the increasing number of permits required by state and federal agencies. The section has responsibility for oversight of underground/above ground storage tank management, air quality permits (Title V), water quality (NPDES) permits, surface water quality, storm water management, wetland issues, environmental assessments at inactive waste sites, collection of radioactive and hazardous materials/wastes from campus, and operation of the Hazardous Materials Facility (a fully permitted Treatment-Storage-Disposal facility), and the storage-for-decay program for short-lived radioactive wastes.

Fire Safety & Emergency Response

Fire safety management includes six functions: inspections, enforcement, education, engineering, fire investigation, and response. With 438 buildings on campus and a wide range of potential fire safety risks, EHS personnel are constantly checking fire related equipment, running test alarms, and assessing egress risks. The section provides student and employee fire education so that safety becomes a collaborative effort and a fire safety culture becomes the norm.

Occupational & Environmental Hygiene (OEH)

OEH ensures that indoor campus environments are conducive to good health and wellbeing by recognizing evaluating and controlling health and safety hazards, using knowledge and experience in industrial hygiene, asbestos management, air and water quality and safety engineering. OEH assesses potential safety hazards, possible instances of exposure and suitability of protective equipment. Working with facilities engineering and facilities services personnel to keep historical buildings functional, while protecting employee health, and working with planning, construction and startup of new and renovated buildings to anticipate building health issues.

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety integrates education, oversight, compliance, service and consultation to protect students, staff, the general public and the environment from the effects of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.  Implicit in all aspects of radiation safety is security.  Safety and security are accomplished through training, inspection, licensing, registration and controlled access to certain materials.

University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC)

The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic provides occupational health care services to all part-time, full-time, and temporary employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UEOHC directs medical care for all workplace injuries/illnesses. The Clinic provides pre-employment screening, annual immunization reviews, and medical surveillance for healthcare and non-healthcare workers.

Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety provides services in the areas of ergonomics, respiratory protection, safety training, industrial maintenance and construction safety, clinical safety, medical surveillance, Workers’ Compensation, and the Safety Management Information System. The diversity of services provided by the Workplace Safety section supports the University’s overall mission of teaching and research for both academic and non-academic divisions.

Risk Management

Risk Management Services is responsible for overseeing the majority of the University’s insurance programs, from purchasing the appropriate coverage to adjusting insurance claims. Some of these programs are state-administered, requiring us to serve as the liaison between the University and the State of North Carolina.