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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 Director

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
  • Celeste 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 and grounds.

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.

This information is intended only for employees, students and approved 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

Hanes Renovation Project 

***PEOPLESOFT MERGER AFFECTS ORDERS FOR [ ALCOHOL ] AND [ WASTE ] TICKETS.  The new merged PeopleSoft system will incorporate chartfield redesign to unify and optimize processes related to Finance.  Because of this, EH&S will be transitioning over to the new chartfield redesign for all orders.  Please be prepared to enter your new chartfield when placing orders electronically beginning December 24th.  For more information about the PeopleSoft Merger chartfield redesign, see  PeopleSoft Merger Finance.

Did you receive a new Zoom Seating chair? View instructions on how to adjust your new chair to fit you.   

WAKE FOREST BIOTECH PLACE EMPLOYEES: Did you receive a new Think Chair?  View instructions on how to adjust your new chair to fit you.  Did you receive a new Knoll Keyboard tray?  View instructions on how to adjust and manipulate your new keyboard tray.

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.
Posted 11/16/11.

Effective 11/7/2011, alcohol can be ordered electronically through the Alcohol Site.  For more information please click here.   

2012/2013 Annual Lab Assessments begin September 24th.  Laboratory Assessment Checklist     

The 2012/2013 Annual Physcian Practice Assessments begin October 8th.  Stay tuned for more details. 

The 2011/2012 Annual Clinical Lab Assessments conducted by EH&S have been completed.  2012/2013 Annual Clinic Lab Assessments are scheduled to begin January 7th.  Stay tuned for more details later.





















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