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Feodor Bijkersma Named
Environmental Health and Safety Director
To: Medical Center leadership and management
From: Karen Huey, Vice President, Facilities
Date: July 8, 2013
Subject: Feodor Bijkersma Named Environmental Health & Safety
I am pleased to announce that our newly consolidated Environmental Health
& Safety (EH&S) department will be directed by Feodor Bijkersma.
Feodor is a proven leader in health care environmental health and safety
management with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Since November
1999, he has prepared Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for compliance with
Joint Commission standards for Environment of Care, Life Safety and Emergency
Management programs. Feodor earned his BA from Wake Forest University as well
as a BHS from Florida Atlantic University. He is a longstanding member of the
National Fire Protection Association/Healthcare Section and the American
Society of Safety Engineers.
The EH&S management team reporting to Feodor includes:
- Ken Bishop,
Manager, Emergency Management and Response
- Jim Brunner,
Manager, Safety and Industrial Hygiene
Caskey, Manager, Environmental Protection and Chemical Safety
- David Howell,
Manager, Radiation and Laser Safety
- Mark Thacker,
Manager, Fire and Life Safety
EH&S supports the clinical and academic mission of our Medical Center
by ensuring a safe environment for patient care, research and education. A resource
for all Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center entities, EH&S provides
enterprise guidance and leadership for environmental protection, occupational
safety and health functions, and regulatory and accreditation compliance. The
EH&S team directs activities affecting the environmental safety of Medical
Center patients, employees, faculty, students, visitors, buildings, equipment
Please join me in congratulating Feodor, Ken, Jim, Celeste, David and Mark
on their new EH&S positions. This is a very strong team that is committed
to the health and safety of our Medical Center.
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vendors, contractors and consultants of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with
valid Medical Center email addresses. This communication and the information
contained in it is not to be copied, forwarded, or shared with individuals
outside of the organization nor forwarded to personal email accounts.
Last Updated 7/9/2013
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RESEARCH LABORATORY SAFETY ALERT
Last week, Environmental Health & Safety received a call from a laboratory about a gas leak. The natural gas line in the lab's biosafety cabinet was left on and gas was leaking into the room. Enough gas had escaped into the room to create a strong rotten egg-like odor, which is caused by butyl mercaptan being added to the gas as an odorant. The gas valve was shut off and the room was ventilated. This event was a "near miss" since an open or leaking gas line is a serious explosion and fire risk.
All laboratory staff are encouraged to review the warning properties (or lack thereof) of the gases used in the laboratory. Ensure all valves are closed when not in use and all gas lines are intact.
If you believe you have a gas leak: 1. Shut off all gas lines in your lab. 2. Turn off any equipment that may contribute to an explosion (e.g. centrifuge, Bunsen burner). 3. Evacuate the lab. 4. Call EH&S (6-9375) during normal business hours. 5. Call Emergency Communications Center (6-9111) after hours.
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