Collection Number: 40101

Collection Title: Health and Safety Office of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1960-1991

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Size 22.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 18000 items)
Abstract The University's Health and Safety Office grew out of the Radiological Safety Office, which was established in 1960 to oversee the handling of radioactive materials on the campus. The Health and Safety Office was created in 1974 to ensure compliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and is responsible for safety standards involving fire, industrial hygiene, and hazardous substances as well as general public safety. The Office is also responsible for scheduling periodic worker health examinations, inspecting safety equipment, and processing worker compensation claims. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration and duties of the Health and Safety Office, including files on vendors of safety projects and services; documents pertaining to deliveries of radioactive materials, disposal of radioactive waste, and registration of x-ray machines; reports of radiation exposure; and various inventories and surveys of laboratories and other facilities.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health and Safety Office.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Health and Safety Office of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40101, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the Health and Safety Office, 1986-1992.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The origins of the Health and Safety Office can be traced to the Radiological Safety Office established 1 June 1960, to ensure that handling of radioactive materials on the campus complied with standards set by the Atomic Energy Commission. Raymond C. Pfleger, as Radiation Safety Officer, conducted surveys of storage sites and labs, and supervised the scheduling of medical checkups of university personnel handling isotopes. In January 1967, Pfleger was succeeded by Francis deFriess. In 1970, the United States Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which required employers to meet specific workplace standards to protect the health and safety of their employees. The University Health and Safety Office was created on 1 July 1974 to oversee campus compliance with the law. Dr. Donald G. Willhoit of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (in the School of Public Health) was selected to head the new office.

The new agency incorporated the responsibilities of the Radiological Safety Office and, in addition, oversaw the university's compliance with fire and public safety regulations and with biological safety and industrial hygiene standards. Health and Safety Office personnel conducted examinations of worksites, operated a hazardous waste program, and developed educational training programs. The office was also responsible for scheduling routine health examinations, arranging for and inspecting safety equipment, and processing workman's compensation claims.

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Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration and duties of the Health and Safety Office, including files on vendors of safety projects and services; documents pertaining to deliveries of radioactive materials, disposal of radioactive waste, and registration of x-ray machines; reports of radiation exposure; and various inventories and surveys of laboratories and other facilities.

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Contents list

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The records in this series are related to the routine, overall operation of the Health and Safety Office. The Director's correspondence with his superiors as well as with administrators of other university divisions is filed here.

Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Director, 1975-1985 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Assistant to the Chancellor (Claiborne Jones), 1976-1981 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Deans, Directors and Department heads Memoranda, 1981-1984 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Administrative Organization, 1983-1985 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Building Inspection Procedure (Draft), 1977 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Vice Chancellor, 1975-1983 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Associate Vice Chancellor, Business, 1978-1985 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance, 1975-1979 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Personnel Department, 1979-1984 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Physical Plant: Director, 1974-1979 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Physical Plant: Maintenance Superintendent, 1975-1979 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Business and Finance Division: Physical Plant: Utilities Division, 1982 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Equipment and Space Inventories, 1980-1984 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Health Affairs Division: North Carolina Memorial Hospital, 1975-1984 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Monthly Activity Reports (HSO), 1983-1985 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Administrative Correspondence: Policy and Procedure Manual, 1978-1979 #40101, Series: "1. Administrative Files." Box 1

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The Radiation Safety Division, supervised by the Radiation Safety Officer, was responsible for approving applications for the use of radiation sources and for accessing lab space and personnel. It approved all purchase requisitions for radioactive materials and monitored the health of all campus personnel exposed to radioactivity. It controlled the receipt and disposal of all radioactive materials and inspected laboratories in which such materials were used. This division was responsible, through the Director of the Health and Safety Office, to the campus Radiation Safety Committee.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Shipper's Certifications for Radioactive Materials.

This subseries contains bills of lading and certifications for shipment and delivery of radioactive materials.

Box 2

Shipper's Certifications, 1979-1984 #40101, Subseries: "2.2. Shipper's Certifications for Radioactive Materials." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Biological Safety and Industrial Hygiene Division Files.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Occupational Safety and Fire Safety Division Files.

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Box 14

Inspections (Construction, Maintenance and Renovation Projects): General, 1975-1985 #40101, Subseries: "4.1. General Files." Box 14

Box 14-15

Box 14

Box 15

Special Inspections of Buildings, 1974-1985 #40101, Subseries: "4.1. General Files." Box 14-15

(alphabetical by name of building; includes Beard Hall, Berryhill Hall, Biological Sciences Research Center, Brinkhouse-Bullitt, Burnett-Womack, Cancer Research Center, Coker Hall, Dental School Complex, Faculty Laboratory Office Building, Chemistry (Venable and Kenan Labs), MacNider Hall, Medical Research Buildings, Mitchell Hall, Old Clinic Building, Phillips Hall, Rosenau Hall, Student Health Services, Swain Hall, and Wilson Hall)

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Fire Prevention Division Files.

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