Environmental Health and Safety Committee

Purpose

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Committee is charged with supporting the University in its endeavors to comply with local, state and federal laws applicable to campus operations and acedemics. Their purpose is to help promote insight into EHS planning and training, avoidance of workplace injuries and illnesses and act as points of contact for employees of the University.  The Committee ensures UNC Asheville, as a state agency, is represented by the faculty and staff so that all employees provided the opportunity to be involved in the on-going responsibility of providing a safe and environmentally responsible work place. This is accomplished via active participation and communication by committee members.  

The University charges this Committee with the responsibility of representing every employee so that everyone is engaged in the environmental, health and safety process. They ensure that each of the EHS Programs receive the appropriate support required for successful implementation. As a result, both the Committee consists of employees from several divisions that include members of both management representatives and non-mangerial employees and both staff and faculty from across the University.

Environmental, Health and Safety Committee Charter

The EHS Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review program quality and performance through review of metrics designed to assess compliance with regulatory requirements and University continuous improvement effords.

The Committee Agenda will address the following inputs and outputs:

  • Status of actions from the previous meeting
  • Changes in relevant external and internal issues including the applicable legal requirements and other requirements and the EHS risks and opportunities
  • The extent that the EHS policy and objectives have been met
  • Information on the EHS performance, including trends in:
    • incidents, corrective actions and continual improvement
    • worker participation
    • program monitoring and measurement results
    • audit results
    • results of evaluation of compliance (State of NC Office of Human Resources)
    • EHS risks and opportunities
    • Relevant communication(s) with interested parties
    • Opportunities for continual improvement
    • Adequacy of resources for maintaining an effective EHS system
  • Decisions related to:
    • conclusions on the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of the EHS system
    • continual improvement opportunities
    • need for changes to the EHS system, including resources needed
    • actions needed when objectives have not been met

EHS Committee Membership

The Environmental Health and Safety Committee represents all University employees with members appointed by each University Division.  Meetings are held on a quarterly basis to evaluate and discuss new programs, injuries or illnesses experienced by employees and EHS inspections performed by external agencies. 

EHS Committee Mission Statement

Duties

  • Review all safety and health policies and procedures established by UNC Asheville.
  • Review incidents involving work-related fatalities, injuries, illnesses or near-misses.
  • Review employee complaints regarding safety and health hazards.
  • Analyze the agency’s work injury and illness statistical records.
  • Conduct meetings at least once every three months. Maintain written minutes of such meetings, send copies to each committee member and post in the appropriate workplace.
  • Make written recommendations on behalf of the committee to the next highest safety and health committee and/or agency head.
  • Additional duties may be added as the committee develops bylaws and operating procedures.

Membership

  • One member of Chancellor Staff Advisory Committee (appointed by the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee, CSAC)
  • One non-supervisory and one supervisory representative (appointed by Senior Administrator for University Enterprises and Director of Athletics)
  • Two faculty, each serving a three year term (staggered); appointed by FWDC; one of these faculty members should serve as a representative from the Scientific Lab Committee to the Environmental Health and Safety Committee.
  • One non-supervisory and one supervisory representative (appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations)
  • One non-supervisory and one supervisory representative (appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs)
  • A representative from the Lab Safety Committee will serve on the Environmental Health and Safety Committee (appointed by the Committee)
  • Academic Environmental Health and Safety (voting ex officio member)
  • University Environmental Health and Safety (voting ex officio member)
  • Recommendations: Director of Emergency Management
  • Reports: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety

Current Committee Members

  • Brenda Henderson, Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee Representative
  • Terri Brne, University Enterprises & Director of Athletics (Supervisor) Representative
  • Everrette Knowles, University Enterprises & Director of Athletics (Non-Supervisor) Representative
  • Oksana Love, 2017-2019 FWCD Faculty Representative 1
  • Patrick Foo, 2015-2018 FWDC Faculty Representative 2
  • Ed Oskins, Finance and Operations (Supervisor) Representative
  • Tammy Justice, Finance and Operations (Supervisor) Representative
  • Patrick Willis, Finance and Operations (Non-Supervisor) Representative
  • Christina Jaeger, Student Affairs (Supervisor) Representative
  • Pam Gosnell, Student Affairs (Non-Supervisor) Representative
  • Susan Wright, Natural Sciences Lab Safety Committee Representative
  • Danny Moss, Public Safety Representative
  • Kevin Gibson, Academic Environmental Health and Safety Representative
  • Vacant, University Environmental Health and Safety Representative

Please refer to UNCA Faculty Service Assignments, 2017-2018.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of the Minutes
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Ajournment

2018 Meeting Dates:

  • First Quarter (January - March) - Cancelled
  • Second Quarter (April - June) - Monday, April 30, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106
  • Third Quarter (July - September) - Monday, July 30, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106
  • Fourth Quarter (October - December) - Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106

2019 Meeting Dates:

  • First Quarter (January - March) - Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106
  • Second Quarter (April - June) - Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106
  • Third Quarter (July - September) - Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106
  • Fourth Quarter (October - December) - Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Weizenblatt Hall, Room 106

Please refer to the Environmental Health and Safety Master Calendar for more dates.

Lab Safety Committee Membership

Purpose:
The Lab Safety Committee ensures that UNC Asheville, as a state agency, adheres to all federal, state, and local environmental health and safety related statutes, regulations and guidelines in the operation of its teaching and research laboratories, studios, and academic shops and implements operational best practices to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty. This committee takes on the responsibility of the Radiation Safety Committee as well as the Biological Safety Committee and provides a conduit to the Environmental Health and Safety Committee.

Duties:
• Review, understand, and ensure that local, state and federal EH&S guidelines, are implemented properly in academic laboratories, studios and shops.
• Review all UNC Asheville EH&S policies and procedures directed toward academic laboratories, studios, and shops and make recommendations to ensure they are consistent with external regulations/guidelines and operationalized appropriately.
• Discuss and understand new UNC Asheville EH&S policies and procedures and determine how to appropriately operationalize them in laboratory, studio, and shop settings.
• Participate in the production of laboratory, studio and shop safety manuals and educational materials.

Membership:
• Kevin Gibson, EH&S Professional, Chair
• Dr. Jason Schmeltzer, Chemistry
• Sylvia Pierce, Drama
• Sara Sanders, Engineering
• Dr. Jackie Languille, Environmental Studies
• Amanda Savage, ESOP
• Dr. Jason Wingert, Health and Wellness
• Dr. James Perkins, Physics
• Dr. Melissa Smith, Psychology
• Robert Dunning, Art and Art History
• Dr. Thomas Meigs, Biology
• Susie Wright, Environmental Studies
• Rob Berls, Drama
• Dr. Matt Greene, Biology
• Dr. Melanie Heying, Chemistry