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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
Lorraine Alexander
Chair, Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Linc Butler
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Vacant (delegated to Chris Payne)
Vice Chancellor for 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
David G. Kaufman
Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee; Professor & Vice Chair for Research Development
Derek Kemp
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Risk Management
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Department of Environment, Health and Safety
Terry Magnuson (delegated to Craig Fletcher)
Vice Chancellor for Research
Jeff McCracken
Chair, Campus Personal Safety Committee; Director of Public Safety
Chris Payne
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Mitchell Picker
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Professor, Department of Psychology
Jennifer Rees
Chair, Occupational Health and Clinical Safety Committee; Practice Facilitator, NC TraCs Institute
Michael Rolleri
Chair, Hazards Management Committee; Associate Professor, Center for Dramatic Art
Vacant (delegated to Judy Faubert)
Vice Chancellor and General Counsel; Office of University Counsel
Cindy Taylor
Director, Environmental Health and Safety, UNC Hospitals
Anna Wu
Associate Vice Chancellor for 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. (Continued in 2019)
  • 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.). (Complete)
  • Distribute lab safety info by providing opt-in as part of LSP certification so all researchers receive info. (Removed)
  • LCSC participate at Lab Safety Fair, demos to address cut/puncture, vendors, Chem Safety class involvement. (Continued in 2019)
  • Provide webpage for Lab Safety Supervisors that includes responsibilities and FAQs.
  • Support bringing American Chemical Society (ACS) graduate student safety training to UNC-CH and have committee participate in training.
  • EHS/Committee outreach at department/group/PI level regarding safety culture.
  • Support and help integrate TarHeel Mission Ready/Continuity Plans into lab research.
Dr. Lorraine Alexander
Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Chair, Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee
Pat Boone, MSPH, CIH
Assistant Director, UNC Healthcare Environmental, Health and Safety
Cathy Brennan
Chemical Hygiene Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Dr. Nita Eskew
Director of Undergraduate Labs, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Anthony Hackney
Professor, Physiology and Nutrition, Exercise and Sport Science
Michael Liang
Graduate Student, Chemistry
Dr. 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
Dr. Kathryn Reissner
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Sarah Scarry
Research Assistant Professor, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Nick Tsihlis
Research Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine
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.

  • Updated IBC management system to send out multiple automatic reminders to Principal Investigators to notify them of IBC protocols approaching expiration.
  • Streamlined review process for Schedule G protocols that are renewals of approved protocols.
  • Improved the process for review of Schedule H protocols to minimize impact on dependent IACUC reviews and approvals.
  • Evaluate the IBC oversight program for compliance with the requirements articulated in the NIH Guidelines (2019) using the Self-Assessment Tool for IBC Programs generated by the NIH.
  • Incorporate regular training opportunities on the monthly agenda as part of continuing education for the IBC Committee.
Doug Cyr, PhD
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee and Professor, Cell & Development Biology
Victoria Baxter, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Assistant Professor, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Sandra F. Bradshaw
Laboratory Supervisor, Orange Water & Sewer Authority
Garry Coulson, PhD
Biological Safety Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Aravinda Desilva
Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Craig Fletcher, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Mary Beth Koza, MBA
Executive Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Stanley M. Lemon, PhD
Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Eric Lewis
Biosafety Specialist, Environment, Health and Safety
Ann Matthysse, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology
Jessica Poole
Associate Biosafety Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Keith Porterfield
Assistant Fire Chief, Chapel Hill Fire Department
Barbara Savoldo, MD, PhD
Research Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Amy C. Sims, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Xiao Xiao
Professor, Pharmacy
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.

  • Included pilot for new employee and faculty orientation in the School of Medicine. Identified employees who are “clinical” and worked to ensure compliance through a clinic visit within the first days of employment. Ongoing to roll out to other professional Schools (Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy).
  • Ongoing continued review of OSHA recordable. Outreach to chair of departments that had high incident rates (both department chairs have retired, continued efforts with new department chairs).
  • Ongoing review of training requirements for New Employee Orientation – Clinic. Renewed emphasis on the culture of safety, especially around preventable BBPs and needle stick incidents.
  • Work on development of education and communication materials to inform departments of:
    1. Hazard coding in Connect Carolina
    2. Healthcare employees and EHS training requirements
James Hawkins
HR Date/Reporting Manager, Medicine Administration; Chair, Occupational Health and Clinical Safety Committee
Debi Bergman
Worker’s Compensation/Clinical Hygienist, Environment, Health and Safety
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
Dr. James Hill
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, Medical Director-UEOHC
Jane Kerwin
Director, Clinical Support Division, School of Nursing
Ryan Meehan
Environment of Care Manager, Campus Health Services
Jennifer Rees
Nurse Supervisor, TraCS Institute
John Sledge
Human Resources, Pediatrics
Tracy Wetherby Williams
Director of Clinical Compliance, School of Dentistry
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.

  • Implement Safety Supervisors subcommittee recommendations: training, annual meeting, FAQ, and/or incentives. (Continued in 2019)
  • 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.). (Completed)
  • Distribute lab safety info by providing opt-in as part of LSP certification so all researchers receive info. (Removed)
  • LCSC participate at Lab Safety Fair, demos to address cut/puncture, vendors, Chem Safety class involvement. (Continued in 2019)
  • Provide webpage for Lab Safety Supervisors that includes responsibilities and FAQs.
  • Support bringing American Chemical Society (ACS) graduate student safety training to UNC-Chapel Hill and have committee participate in training.
  • EHS/Committee outreach at department/group/PI level regarding safety culture.
  • Support and help integrate TarHeel Mission Ready/Continuity Plans into lab research.
Michael Rolleri
Associate Professor of Dramatic Art; Chair, Hazards Management Committee
Brad Barnes
Energy 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
Richie Grimsley
Athletics
Deborah Hawkins
Transportation and Parking
Mary Beth Koza
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Tonya Miller
Laboratory Animal Medicine
Drew Nicholson
Risk Management Services
David Sharpe
Life Safety Services
Phillip Spangler
School of Law
Neah Tucker
EHS
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 Operations.

  • Establish safety program for the cyclotron facility
  • Renew radioactive materials license for UNC Nutrition Research Institute
  • Train UNC Police and UNCH Police Officers on the use of PRDs (Personal Radiation Detectors)
  • Review Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) Policy Statement. This is in the “Radiation Protection Program Policy Manual” which is tied to our Radioactive Materials (RAM) license as a license condition.
  • Provide an educational in-service at an RSC meeting on emergent technology with regards to RAM use or radiation producing machines.
Dr. David G. Kaufman, MD
Professor & Vice Chair for Research Development, Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee
Dr. Beverly J. Errede
Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Co-Chair, Radiation Safety Committee
Dr. Louise M. Ball
Professor, Environmental Science & Engineering
Dr. Marija Ivanovic
Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
Mary Beth Koza, MBA
Director, Environment, Health and Safety
Dr. Jian Liu
Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry/Natural Products
Dr. Jeff Sekelsky
Associate Professor, Biology
Dr. Roger Sit
University Radiation Safety Officer, Environment, Health and Safety
Dr. Rita Tamayo
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Zhanhong Wu
Assistant Professor, Radiology
Dr. Hong Yuan
Director, BRIC Small Animal Imaging Facility