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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.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.|
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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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.
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.
This subseries contains bills of lading and certifications for shipment and delivery of radioactive materials.
This subseries contains inventory information provided by prospective users of radioactive materials detailing the materials, the process, and the site involved. Materials are arranged by user's name, and the date refers to the date when the user's license was terminated.
(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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