Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is dedicated to the protection of human life and our campus environment. EH&S acknowledges the close relationship between the environment, work, and human health and safety.

We are committed to preventing the loss of human potential caused by fatalities, injuries, illness, and disabilities on the job and in the campus community.


News from the Environmental Health & Safety Office

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Week
May 9-15, 2021

Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.  Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

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Workplace Concussions 

Concussions can happen to anyone, not just athletes.  Employees working at heights, researchers in laboratories, and theater arts students performing onstage or behind the scenes may be exposed to risks of head injury.  Immediate medical attention is required after any head injury. 

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Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather can happen at any time of the year. Preparing for floods, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms before they strike will help you stay safe throughout the year.  

Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured because of the weather. Dangerous weather can take make forms, ranging from violent tornadoes to crippling winter storms. While there is nothing we can do to stop dangerous weather from affecting us, there are things we can do to stay safe when the sky turns grey. Weather safety and survival – no matter the hazard – depends on the following key items:

Know the Hazards – Be aware of the hazards that exist where you live.

Know When to Expect Dangerous Weather – Monitor forecasts and information from your local National Weather Service, and always have more than one way to receive emergency alerts and notifications.

Be Alert and Ready – Be aware of issued watches, warnings and advisories. Know what protective actions to take during each level of notification.

Have a Plan to Stay Safe – Make sure that each member of your family knows what protective actions to take during each level of notification.

For more information please visit: https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather 

Counterfeit Respirators 

The CDC released an article addressing the issue of counterfeit respirators that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH approved. These respirators, if used, may not provide the proper and appropriate protection for workers.  See below for the link to the article. 

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

UNC Eastern Campuses Hazard Mitigation Plan 

UNC-Pembroke is collectively updating its plan to better protect our community from the effects of natural and human-caused hazards and to maintain eligibility for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On this website you can find information about upcoming and past Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee meetings and public meetings, take a survey on hazard risk and mitigation options to inform the plan’s development, review draft documents, and learn more about the hazards that affect the university.

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