Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety
The office of Environmental Health and Safety develops and implements a
proactive safety program to ensure the university is in compliance with all
federal, state, and local laws and codes governing environmental safety.
It maintains, conducts, and coordinates campus-wide environmental safety
training programs for staff. The coordinator writes safety plans, procedures,
maintains safety testing equipment, and conducts environmental testing
on current and future university properties. The coordinator also provides
information on the storage, use, and disposal of hazardous materials.
For emergencies please call the Communications Center 1911 or 910-672-1775.
You may also contact Cindy Wetherwax or Chris Avery directly at 910-6721827/1428 if you need to discuss the situation or prefer that it remain
Workplace Safety
Enforces safe working standards
Conducts safety orientations for new employees
Prepares written programs and conducts presentations on safety in
the work place
Provides safety equipment recommendations to staff as needed and
Participates in the accident prevention program/plan
Conducts ergonomic job safety assessments
Reviews new construction and renovation plans for safety and
health concerns
Lab and Materials Safety
Reviews laboratory safety plans
Maintains campus materials safety data sheets
Develops a safety program for hazardous materials
Americans with Disabilities Act
Assist University Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
officer as needed
Environmental Quality
Inspects existing university structures and sites for environmental
quality and safety issues
Coordinates and oversees the work of consultants hired to conduct
environmental audits
Oversees campus-wide pest solutions
Evaluates outdoor locations as designated by the university
smoking policy
Emergency Planning
Serves as a member of the Campus Emergency Management and
Safety Committee
Partners with Emergency Management and Public Safety in the
development of the campus emergency response plan
James Mercer, CEM, MEP, PCP
Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety Director
(910) 672-1456