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Environmental Health and Safety restructures office
February 2, 2017Tweet
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has developed new reporting structures to align its functional areas to provide better customer service. The eight-person department provides 24/7 coverage in various safety program areas, including fire safety, code compliance and hazardous waste management.
Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for lab auditing, lab safety and hazardous waste handling, fire safety for the entire campus including annual inspections, fire extinguished management, indoor air quality monitoring, event coverage, emergency response for incidents and training for safety issues.
Connie Corey, director, will continue to supervise Stephen Endres, training coordinator and all Hazardous Waste Program staff: Bret Pearsall, hazardous waste manager, who oversees Joseph Biscardi, environmental specialist.
Effective Dec. 28, 2016, the following changes were made:
• Kelly Donovan, formerly safety manager, was appointed to the newly created assistant director position, supervising all fire safety staff.
• Jim Rea, formerly fire safety specialist, was appointed code compliance coordinator and will report to Donovan.
• Mark Gialanella, fire safety systems coordinator, will report to Donovan.
There is currently one fire safety specialist line and one environmental specialist line open. One of each will also be added in 2018 to service the Johnson City campus.
Corey attributes the need for restructuring to the campus growth in enrollment and infrastructure. “The number, level and complexity of safety compliance regulations has continued to grow at a rapid rate,” she said. “In addition, there are increased requirements for record keeping and training.”