Emergency Telephone Numbers

Area Phone Hours
Environment, Health and Safety 919-962-5507* 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Radiation Safety Officer 919-962-5507 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Pager 919-216-2311 24 Hours
University Police 911 24 Hours
Fire or Smoke 911 24 Hours
Medical Emergencies 911 24 Hours
North Carolina Poison Control Center 800-672-1697 24 Hours

*The Environment, Health and Safety Specialists wear pagers and can be reached after hours through University Police.

Special Incident Reporting

Area Work Hours After-hours
Radiation Safety Incidents or Safety Questions EHS 919-962-5507 University Police 911
Gas Leaks or Odors EHS 919-962-5507 University Police 911
Chemical Spills EHS 919-962-5507 University Police 911


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill strives to provide a safe and healthful environment for all persons associated with the University, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, and members of the Chapel Hill community. Attainment of this goal requires cooperation and commitment on the part of us all.

The University emphasizes safety education and training as primary means of achieving this goal. While the Environment, Health and Safety, the department primarily responsible for health and safety functions at the University, performs various periodic inspections, department heads, faculty members, and supervisors are considered directly responsible for maintaining full compliance with University safety policies and procedures.

With regard to radiation safety matters, the Radiation Safety Committee, appointed by the Chancellor, formulates radiation policies and procedures. Responsibility for carrying out these policies and procedures rests with the Radiation Safety Officer who directs the Radiation Safety Section of the Environment, Health and Safety Department.

The elements of the University’s radiation safety program are presented in this Radiation Safety Manual. The safety program has been carefully developed to assist all radiation users in utilizing the unique advantages of radiation sources while meeting their safety responsibilities in as efficient a manner as possible. In addition, radiation safety philosophy includes an objective of maintaining all exposures at levels as far below specified limits as can reasonably be achieved. The University strongly supports this “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” safety goal. The policies and procedures found in this manual promote and ensure the routine achievement of this goal.

In this era of increasing concern for occupational safety and for the environment, it is essential that all members of the University community become and remain thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities for compliance with health and safety regulations, including these radiation safety policies and procedures. Study the contents of this manual. Know and practice these, and all other, safety rules. Thank you for your cooperation.

Carol L. Folt, Chancellor

Revised: April 2014

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UNC-CH Radiation Safety Program