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Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides broad expertise, assistance, regulatory guidance and practical information to the Medical Center community. These programs are briefly described below and contacts listed. 

Biosafety Program

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.  Promoting safe laboratory practices, procedures, and proper use of containment equipment by laboratory workers to prevent occupational exposures to infectious materials or release of organisms to the environment.

Manager, Safety and Occupational Health

Bernie Menuey
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Biosafety

Emylee Pedersen
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Biosafety

Chemical Safety Program 

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. Contact William Crouse, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety, at 716-3029 for more details. 

Emergency Management and Response

Administers the Homeland Security Grant Program for 11 counties. Administers the Regional ASPR Healthcare Preparedness for Grant 17 counties and 26 hospitals. Responsibilities involve business continuity, Code 33, Code Triage (Mass Casualty). Coordinates and manages the Regional Type I and Type II and State Medical Assistance Teams. Disaster Response and Incident Management. Emergency Management. Emergency Management Planning and Response. Emergency Prep Codes. HICS IV. WebEOC. LEPC. NCHA Emergency Preparedness.

Ken Bishop
Manager, Emergency Management and Response

David M. Holder
Assistant Manager, Emergency Management and Response

Alexis Lorenzin
THPC Administrative Coordinator

Corey D. Roberts
Triad RAC Regional Healthcare Preparedness Planner

Karlee McQuillen
Healthcare Preparedness Operations Coordinator

Jerry Tysinger
RAC Emer/SMATII Team Leader

Environmental Management 

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.

Mark Thacker
Manager, Fire, Life, and Environmental Safety

Matt Fields
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Environmental

Steve Phibbs
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Environmental

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.

Our Fire/Life Safety program relies on the coordinated efforts of students, employees, faculty, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center departments and external agencies. WFBMC rests in the jurisdiction of the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The WFBMC Fire and Life Safety Program is responsible for conducting Fire Safety Inspections, Fire Safety Training, and managing compliance with the Local and State Fire Safety Regulations and Codes as well as any applicable OSHA programs. This is a cooperative effort between Environmental Health and Safety, WFBMC Engineering Services and WFBMC Safety.

Mark Thacker
Manager,Fire, Life, and Environmental Safety

David Sheehan 
EH&S Specialist - Fire & Life Safety 

Industrial Hygiene 

Industrial Hygiene provides a work environment that is free of recognized hazards and complies with applicable Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Occupational Hygiene is the art and science that involves the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards due to chemicals, biological or physical stressors.

Industrial Hygienists are available to the faculty and staff to evaluate a variety of work environments and situations. They provide technical consultation as well as training services. Faculty and staff are encouraged to express their safety concerns to our staff, file on-line Hazard Reports, or report concerns to the University Compliance Office. 

Manager, Safety and Occupational Health

Dainnya Busbin
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Industrial Hygiene

Niki Yates
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Industrial Hygiene

Occupational Safety

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. 

Radiation Safety

Radiation Safety ensures compliance with all applicable rules and regulations, license and registration conditions, departmental policies and procedures and the provisions as contained in the WFBMC Licenses for all users of sources of ionizing radiation.

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.

David Howell 
Manager, Radiation Safety (Radiation Safety Officer) 

Darrell Agee
EH&S Specialist

Dwain Keith
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Health Physicist

W. Robbie Plunkett
EH&S Sr. Specialist - Health Physicist


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