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2009 CSHEMA Campus Leaders Who Care Award

This award has been established to recognize outstanding involvement and support of senior administrators for their understanding of how important environmental stewardship and health and safety issues are to their institutions. In 2009, Carolyn Elfland won this prestigious award from CSHEMA.

2009 Employee of the Year

Kitty Lynn was awarded the 2009 Employee of the Year. Kitty’s success in securing a major grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association for improving fire safety was cited as a major reason for her award. Read more about Kitty’s FEMA grant.

2009 Star Heel Awards

Star Heel Awards were presented to Aaron Gunsalus, Health Physics Technician, and John Covely, Public Communication Specialist during the departments In-Service Day training event on April 27.

2008 Employee of the Year

At the 2009 EHS In-Service day event, Mike Soles, Lead Health Physics Technician, was presented with the 2008 Employee of the Year Award.

UNC Wins CSHEMA Award of Recognition

The Campus Hazardous Environment Signage System has received a 2008 Award of Recognition from the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). The award was in CSHEMA’s “Solutions at Work” category which promotes interest in developing programs that solve or improve specific safety problems at colleges and universities, and encourages institutions to share ideas or projects that work for them.

2008 Star Heel Award

Eric Zack, Safety Officer, has been chosen to receive the Star Heel award in recognition of his dedication to the department and the University. He has taken the initiative to make improvements to long standing processes which resulted in increased operational efficiency. Eric’s contributions include improvements to the radiation dosimetry report process and the internal bioassay analytical process. These improvements decrease the amount of work that staff needs to commit in order to generate data for calculation, evaluation, and dissemination. He has also used his exceptional computer skills to perform operations such as CLIP management activities. We thank Eric for all he does each day.

2008 CSHEMA Award of Distinction

In 2008, Environment, Health and Safety won the CSHEMA Award of Distinction under Solutions That Work for its Online Ergonomic Self Evaluation application.

2006 Star Heel Award

Kitty Lynn, Fire Safety Officer, has been chosen to receive the Star Heel award in recognition of her dedication to the department and the University. As an employee of EHS, she works daily to ensure the safety of the students and employees. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the publishing of a semiannual newsletter called Safety First at UNC. She does an excellent job of preparing this document and distributing it to Emergency Coordinators and Building Facilitators all across campus. We thank you for your hard work on this important ongoing project.

Her outstanding efforts on behalf of the University and the State of North Carolina are greatly appreciated, and we are pleased that she have been chosen as a Star Heel!

2006 Employee of the Year

Ronald J. Howell, Indoor Air Quality Specialist, has done an exceptional job this year by going beyond his Indoor Air Quality responsibilities to chair a committee to evaluate the Facility Services’ new OS1 housekeeping process. This process focuses on cleaning for health. He worked many odd hours to accommodate work place exposure assessments and first hand observations of the effectiveness of the program. Working with a diverse group of committee participants, he was able to provide a detailed final report to his leadership, the OS1 has received broader worker acceptance. It will become a stronger program because of the committee’s involvement with the startup.

Jim Alty, Director of Facilities Services expressed his appreciation with accolades including “absolutely tremendous work” and “congratulations for a job well done.” We at EHS want to further express our appreciation for his exceptional contributions on behalf of the Department and the University, with the OS1 project as another clear example of job performance excellence.

2006 Exceptional Performance Award

Larry Daw, Geophysicist/Licensed Geologist. 2006 brought about an important change for UNC’s Department of Environment, Health, and Safety: a change of address. In the spring of 2006, EHS moved from its long-time office on Finley Golf Course Road to its new building on Estes Drive Extension. This is thanks in large part to Larry Daw, who organized and coordinated much of the move.

In appreciation of his hard work, EHS and Director Pete Reinhardt presented him with this award:

In sincere appreciation of
J. Laurence Daw
Exceptional Performance
in making our wonderful new workplace a reality
Department of Environment, Health and Safety
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2006 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Ray Hackney, Industrial Hygiene Manager, is a recipient of the 2006 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, one of the most coveted honors bestowed upon university faculty and staff. Dr. Hackney, a native of Gastonia, is the manager of the industrial hygiene biological safety section of the department of environment, health and safety.

Hackney earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at UNC, starting his 27 years at Carolina by working in the health and safety office while in graduate school. He decodes complex federal and state regulations from multiple agencies. When the Occupational Health and Safety Administration extended its rules to university labs, one colleague wrote, “he saved us all.”

Hackney’s staff evaluated dozens of suspicious letters identified on campus in 2001 during the national anthrax scare. When a contract worker had SARS in 2003, Hackney helped public health officials find two people with whom the person had been in contact. Also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health’s department of environmental sciences and engineering, Hackney mentors graduate students who are interested in occupational hygiene.

The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the Massey awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by university employees. Recipients are based on nominations submitted by the campus community. Each honoree receives an award citation and a $6,000 stipend.

2006 Star Heel Award

Ronald J. Howell, IAQ Specialist. As an industrial hygienist specializing in indoor air quality, Ron Howell has been selected to receive the Star Heel award as an expression of our appreciation for his persistent efforts in a very challenging segment of EHS activity. Since Ron came to the University in April of 2003, he has conducted about 180 indoor air quality investigations in the old and new buildings on campus. His knowledge and skill in dealing with IAQ issues is recognized both within the department, the campus and outside of the University.

He has been instrumental in carrying out the University IAQ Policy. He has developed practical work practices and training for workers who perform mold remediation. He has diligently addressed some nagging building issues which have resulted in important changes to the mechanical systems and cleanliness of work environments. Consequently, the health and wellbeing of many UNC employees has improved. Further, for the long term, he continues to lead the IAQ committee which establishes the priorities for resource allocations for upgrades to problem buildings.

All of us at EHS enjoy working with Ron. We look forward to his continuing contributions in indoor air quality for many years to come.

2005 EHS Employee of the Year

Donii D. Fox, Biological Safety Officer, has made a wonderful impact on our biological safety program. She has demonstrated great skill in coordinating the activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee as well as working with BSL-3 laboratories to improve their safety and compliance with biosafety standards and regulations. Donii developed biosafety level 3 requirements for facilities and practices on campus that has improved our BSL-3 program greatly. She has worked closely with Facilities Services, Facilities Planning, and Medical School Planning to evaluate and prioritize for renovation existing BSL-3 laboratories. She has gone beyond her normal duties and taken initiative to develop a biological safety cabinet (BSC) certification contract and has developed a BSC database. Not only is Donii’s work excellent, but she is fun to work with and has a great sense of humor.

2005 Star Heel Award

Keith Bilger, Safety Officer, has been chosen to receive the Star Heel award in recognition of his dedication to the department and the University. To note the outstanding service to patients who must undergo some form of medical radiation procedure, we recognize him as the Safety Officer who serviced the most radioactive patients in the year 2004. Each medical procedure is different and some of the more complex medical cases occurred on his watch. His contribution greatly enhances the Radiation Safety Section as well as EHS’s reputation of service to the UNC Hospital complex. We thank him for his efforts and dedication to the EHS mission.

2004 EHS Employee of the Year

Jonathan D. Moore, Associate Radiation Safety Officer, manager of the Collaborative Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP), achieves by quiet perseverance and dedication. The CLIP program is impressive in itself: Each month, it integrates the multi-disciplinary laboratory safety inspections of approximately 85 Principal Investigators. Jonathan makes assignments, organizes individual PI data for inspectors’ use, reviews each and every inspection result, communicates with PIs who have questions and citations, and resolves safety and health concerns. He successfully manages program resources whom he does not actively supervise-which is quite an accomplishment. This past year, Jonathan revived regular CLIPers meetings to refresh training and review the latest EHS issues. Jonathan’s commitment to the success of the CLIP program is a vital resource to the success of EHS.

2004 Star Heel Award

Steve Parker, Hazardous Materials Manager, has been chosen to receive the Star Heel award in recognition of his dedication to the department and the University. He championed the development and implementation of the two electronic submittal forms e-510 for hazardous materials and the e-102 for radioactive waste materials. He does an excellent job in managing all the technical/financial areas (invoices,special bids, etc.) for all waste vendors and keep accurate records of all types of waste handled and/or recycled. Recently, he was instrumental in the selection process of two new vendors which in the long run will result in considerable savings to the University. He has a great sense of humor and his attitude provides leadership to others at EHS. We are very fortunate to have him with us day in and day out.

Steve Parker’s outstanding efforts on behalf of the University and the State of North Carolina are greatly appreciated, and we are pleased that he has been chosen as a Star Heel!

2004 Star Heel Award

EHS Construction Specialist Gary Shaver‘s contributions to the department have been broad, and that he is a valuable EHS resource to planning, construction and facilities staff. Gary was outstanding in his response to the Kenan Lab exhaust odors complaints. He also prevented a potential major complaint episode(s) at the Health Science Library construction site by identifying the lack of ventilation control in occupied areas. He was able to address the problem with contractors to install exhaust fans, and monitor negative pressure in the work areas. There have been no significant complaints related to this project. Gary’s conscientious efforts to ensure that EHS requirements are incorporated into new construction on campus will positively impact the health and safety of UNC employees for many years to come.

2003 EHS Employee of the Year

Mary C. Crabtree, Workplace Safety Manager, is recognized for her leadership (and sleep-deprived nights) in responding to the SARS scare at UNC, by arranging for emergency fit-testing of physicians and coordinating with UNC Hospitals to establish a mobile fit-testing facility for the emergency SARS screening facility; for her crafting and getting approval of a new Training and Occupational Health Enforcement Policy; and for her instrumental role in creating and implementing a new program to provide flu shots to 2,503 UNC faculty and staff.

2003 Star Heel Award

Sharon Myers, Environmental Specialist, has been selected as a Star Heel because she is widely recognized in the EHS Department and on campus as the person who successfully developed and implemented a campus-wide water quality program. She continues to represent not only the Department but the University on stormwater and campus growth issues. She is a dedicated and conscientious employee who strives to produce not only high quality work but high quality results. Everyone in the Department enjoys working with her.

2003 Star Heel Award

Shelley Kutia, Receptionist, is recognized for her many years of conscientious, high quality work, and for her ready and unselfish assumption of additional responsibilities due to a coworker’s recent absence.

2003 Catch a Star Award

Tiffany Mitchell, Receptionist at the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic, is recognized by patients of the Ambulatory Care Center for outstanding customer service.

2002 EHS Employee of the Year

Wanda G. Hughes, Safety Officer, is well recognized as an exceptional safety officer for her professionalism, thoroughness and friendliness, in 2002 Wanda Hughes led the Department in holding its first-ever campuswide Safety Fair. The Fair was supported by 35 vendors, attended by 200 Carolina students, faculty and staff, and provided safety training to 271 UNC employees. Headlining the University Gazette, the Fair promoted a safe campus far beyond its time and place. In presenting this award, we also wish to recognize the support of Mary Crabtree (her supervisor) and the assistance of many other EHS employees who assisted Wanda and helped make the Safety Fair possible.

2002 Star Heel Award

Jonathan Moore, Associate Radiation Safety Officer, has served as acting Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for a period of almost 9 months during this past year in the absence of an appointed RSO for this University. During this time, he has successfully fulfilled the responsibilities of two jobs, both of which carry a very high duty factor. The evidence of his success in carrying out these duties is the preliminary results of a recent inspection conducted by the Radiation Protection Section of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. The results indicate that Jonathan was very vigilant and dedicated in carrying out his additional duties with excellence for the University.

2002 Star Heel Award

Tommy Holms, Fire Safety Officer, has been chosen to receive the Star Heel award because he represent what EHS is all about. He works to help everyone on campus have a safe work environment. In the office, he is always ready to do what is necessary to help others carry out the mission of EHS. For his dedication to the Department and the University, we thank him.

2001 EHS Employee of the Year

Kathy E. Schwabauer, Business Manager and Department of Environment, Health and Safety human resources facilitator, budget manager and onsite IT support person. Kathy’s work benefits everyone who works at EHS. She facilitates hiring and other personnel actions. She had made an extra effort-in a year of many budget difficulties-to manage and plan EHS’s budget. Her behind-the-scenes responsibilities are faithfully executed through hard work and prudent decisionmaking. We are all proud to work with her.

2001 Star Heel Award

John Worthington, Industrial Hygienist, has provided outstanding customer service in responding to employee requests for indoor air quality investigations and employee concerns about suspicious packages.

2001 Star Heel Award

Fletcher (Ray) Bond, Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist, has been selected as a Star Heel because he is widely recognized in the EHS Department as an exceptionally dedicated, conscientious employee who strives to produce high quality work. He displays energy in his job, is open to new ideas, asks questions, is always willing to help and is cheerful. His attitude provides leadership to others at EHS. Everyone in his department enjoys working with him.

2000 EHS Employee of the Year

Deborah M. Howard, Safety Officer: in recognition of her valuable contributions to the Department, including volunteering to server as co-chair (with Kathy Schwabauer) the Department’s 2000 State Employees Combined Campaign (to a new fundraising record), volunteering to chair the Department’s Web Task Force, volunteering to co-lead (with James Gilbert) the Department’s name change campaign, as well as numerous kudos from faculty, staff and students for being an excellent EHS trainer.

2000 Star Heel Award

Lisa Perry, Information Assistant, is widely recognized in the Department as an exceptionally dedicated, conscientious employee who strives to produce high quality work. She displays energy for her job, is always willing to help, is open to new things, asks questions and is cheerful. Her attitude provides leadership to others in the Department. Everyone in the Department enjoys working with her.

UNC Wins CSHEMA Award of Recognition

Dirk Kumashiro (ITS), Tinesh Tailor (ITS), Kelly Gallagher (ITS), Mary Crabtree (EHS), John Rawlings (ITS), Mimi Bennett (ITS) and Pete Reinhardt (EHS) receive the CSHEMA Award of Recognition. The following was reprinted from January 2005 The HUB, the UNC ITS newsletter.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wins Award for its Health and Safety Information System (HASMIS)

Unique and Innovative Safety Program Award of Recognition
Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association
A Division of the National Safety Council
Awarded July 2004

John Rawlings is a manager in Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill. His team supports Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), a very diverse department involved in such activities as biological, chemical, laboratory, and radiation safety; fire prevention; environmental affairs; and workers’ compensation. Mary Crabtree, Workplace Safety Manager at EHS and the department’s IT liaison, credits ITS with having developed a powerful, flexible application (client server and Web) that supports most of the department’s activities. The system goes by the name HASMIS (Health and Safety Management Information System).

“HASMIS helps us monitor compliance with OSHA, EPA, JCAHO, State, and miscellaneous regulations,” says Crabtree. “Things like inspections, medical surveillance (job-required physical, health care environments, etc.), radioactive and chemical waste pickup, radiation and chemical inventories, safety training-it’s a long list.”

HASMIS was developed in the early 1990s. At the time, EHS either kept manual records or had to write its own database programs. When this approach was less than satisfactory, the department considered various vendors’ programs, but none of them adequately addressed workers’ compensation. “Now it’s all integrated,” says Crabtree. “Anyone in the office can review any of the modules, and there are checks and balances. If someone tries to log in to request a waste pickup, for example, and we don’t have them in our database, they have to be added to the system before we pick up the waste. We can’t be everywhere, so this is a big help.” The program is continuously being expanded; current modules in development include a Web-based lab safety plan and an ergonomic self-evaluation.

“No other university has this,” says Crabtree. “We can run both defined and customizable reports through Oracle VB/Crystal, looking at 2 or up to 20 modules. It’s much more powerful than just a manual search.”

So pleased was Crabtree with the application that she nominated it for an award at EHS’s national professional organization, the Campus Safety and Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). CSHEMA is a division of the National Safety Council and counts as members major universities in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. The software earned UNC-CH the Unique or Innovative Program award. “It’s one of CSHEMA’s higher awards,” says Crabtree. “It’s pretty exciting when the CEO of the National Safety Council presents it!”

“HASMIS has had a number of hands in its writing,” says John Rawlings, “but it was re-written several years ago (VB 6 and Oracle), and it has grown and expanded into new EHS functions and the Web since then. What I tell anyone who will listen is that these guys (Dirk Kumashiro, Kelly Gallagher, and Tinesh Tailor, with Group Leader Mimi Bennett) did all the work; they deserve the credit.”