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State regulations require each State agency 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 State of North Carolina mandates workplace safety programs for all state agencies, including universities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill falls into the category of agencies required to have an agency-wide committee composed of senior administrators, and sub-committees composed of at least 50% non-supervisory personnel.

The present workplace safety program includes an agency-wide committee, the University Safety and Security Committee (USSC), and eight subcommittees, listed in the chart below.

You may read about the duties and responsibilities of these committees by visiting the safety committee responsibilities page.

Learn more by perusing the “UNC-Chapel Hill Workplace Safety Committees” presentation.

The hierarchy of the University’s safety committees is as follows:

The following table shows which manual(s) different committees are responsible for:

Committee and Manual Responsibilities
Committee Name Manual Responsibilities
Occupational Health and Clinical Safety (OHCSC) EHS Manual: Chapter 1.6
Laboratory/Chemical Safety (LCSC) Laboratory Safety Manual
Hazards Management (HMSC) EHS Manual
IMAC and Construction/Support Services Safety Manual
Radiation Safety (RSC) Radiation Safety Manual
Institutional Biosafety (IBC) Biological Safety Manual