Culture of SafetyThis committee focuses on the promoting a safe laboratory environment by focusing on the receipt, usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals in a laboratory. This committee works on emerging issues of health and safety in the laboratory environment and how to apply them to the campus. This committee oversees the implementation of the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan as described in the UNC Laboratory Safety Manual.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review safety and health policies and procedures established by the agency pertaining to laboratory and chemical safety.
  • Review incidents involving work-related fatalities, injuries, illnesses or near misses related to laboratory and chemical safety.
  • Review employee complaints regarding safety and health hazards related to laboratory and chemical safety.
  • Analyze the agency’s work injury and illness statistical records related to laboratory and chemical safety.
  • Conduct inspections of laboratories and worksites utilizing chemicals at least annually and in response to complaints regarding safety or health hazards.
  • Conduct interviews with employees in conjunction with inspections of the workplace.
  • Review agency’s training records related to laboratory and chemical safety to ensure compliance with regulatory training requirements.
  • Conduct meetings at least once every three months. Maintain written minutes of such meeting and send copy to each committee member. Copy of minutes shall be posted in the appropriate workplace.
  • Designate Employee Safety and Health Representative(s) to accompany representatives from regulatory agencies (i.e. NCOSHA, NC Department of Insurance, NC Division of Environmental Management) during safety and health inspections of the workplace.
  • Make written recommendations on behalf of the committee to the agency head.
  • Laboratory EHS issues not specifically pertaining to biosafety or radiation safety, and broad laboratory EHS issues.
  • OSHA laboratory standard compliance.
  • Shipment and receipt of laboratory chemicals.
  • Flammable liquids and other fire hazards in laboratories.
  • Safe laboratory design, ventilation and engineering.
  • Security of laboratory chemicals.
  • Carcinogens, reproductive toxins and pesticides.
  • Review laboratory EHS survey program (CLIP) findings not specifically pertaining to biosafety or radiation safety.

Laboratory Committee Members

Committee Member Department
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
Lisa Cremeans Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences
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

Meeting Schedule

Date Location Time
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 238 MacNider Hall 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Minutes

Minutes From the Former Laboratory Committee