EH&S Primary Program Review
Environmental Health and Safety provides broad expertise, assistance, regulatory guidance and practical information to the Medical Center community. These programs are briefly described below and linked to amplifying pages and sites.
Biosafety - provides structure and oversight for work with biological materials. This program, with the assistance of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, evaluates risk and defines containment and work practices for safe work with infectious agents or biologically derived infectious materials. The program manager and Biosafety/Infection Control Officer is Bernadette Menuey, RN, CIC.
Chemical Safety - offers a broad array of regulatory guidance and sound practical assistance concerning the safe use of hazardous chemicals in a laboratory setting. The Chemical Hygiene Plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), storage compatibility guidelines, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) criteria, spill emergency procedures and chemical exposure parameters fall under the province of this program. The Chemical Safety Committee reviews and approves the use of hazardous chemicals in research settings. The program manager and Occupational Hygiene Officer is Celeste Caskey, CSP.
Radiation Safety - oversees the research and clinical uses of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment throughout the Medical Center. Working with the General Radiation Safety Committee (research use) and the Medical Radiation Safety Committee (clinical use) this program offers extensive services in order to ensure compliance with state and federal radiation safety and security regulations. The aim of the program is to limit occupational radiation exposure to the lowest level attainable. The program manager and Radiation Safety Officer is David Howell.
Occupational Safety - encompasses a wide range of safety and health subjects which are characteristically regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The emphases of the program: respiratory protection, hearing conservation, electrical safety, accident/injury investigation, hazard communication, confined space, asbestos, confined space entry, PPE, fall protection and ergonomics. This program functions throughout all work environments including engineering and support services. The program manager and Occupational Hygiene Officer is Celeste Caskey, CSP.
Environmental Management - manages initiatives which are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, such as storm water, oil, air emissions, water quality, and hazardous waste management. This program extends into the sphere of voluntary sustainability by promoting recycling, lower energy use, and waste reduction.
Fire and Life Safety - The primary focus is to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from fire related incidents. The program focuses upon an ongoing regimen of facility inspections, evacuation drills, flammable chemical control and education. A consistent and transparent relationship with the Winston-Salem Fire Department is practiced in order to ensure pre-fire planning is pertinent and up to date. The program is managed by David Sheehan, Fire and Life Safety Specialist.