The Environmental Health and Safety Committee has a diverse membership appointed by the Executive Vice President and CFO. Members represent the Administration, faculty and staff collective bargaining units, and students of the University of Connecticut’s Storrs and regional campuses, and the Law School. The Committee meets quarterly, as mandated by CT General Statue 31-40v, “Establishment of Safety and Health Committees by Certain Employers,” to fulfill its functions and responsibilities. It is charged with, but not limited to, establishing procedures for sharing ideas with the employer concerning:
- Safety Inspections;
- Investigating safety incidents, accidents, illnesses, and deaths;
- Evaluating accident and illness prevention programs;
- Establishing training programs for the identification and reduction of hazards in the workplace which damage the reproductive system of employees; and
- Establishing training programs for to assist committee members in understanding and identifying the effects of employee substance abuse on workplace accidents and safety.
As such, the committee’s functions include:
- Reviewing and discussing injury and illness reports
- Providing feedback on safety-related material provided by EHS and HR
- Reviewing and discussing health and safety suggestions from employees
- Recommending actions to resolve health and safety concerns
The members of the UConn Environmental Health and Safety Committee shall be nominated by their organizational leadership and appointed by the Executive Vice President and CFO. The Chair and Vice Chair shall be elected by the committee membership. The following groups shall have representatives on the Committee: Each collective bargaining unit; Facilities Operations; University Planning, Design and Construction; UConn Fire Department; Procurement Services; Student Affairs; student representatives, and representatives from each of the regional campuses. Representatives serving in an ex officio capacity shall include managerial/confidential staff in Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Representatives from other departments shall be appointed as deemed necessary. Members shall serve a term of three years, which can be renewed for multiple terms. The Chair of the Committee shall be a voting member, and the Committee shall meet quarterly.
Stephanie Marks, Chair UCPEA / Facilities Operations / Logistics Michael O'Dea, Vice Chair
Student Affairs / Dining Services Thomas Bontly AAUP Linda Armstrong AFSCME, NP-3 Bert Augmon CEUI, NP-2 Neil Prendergast Protective Services, NP-5 / UConn Fire Department Anne Mirich GEU-UAW Richard Kula Environmental Health and Safety / Occupational Jennifer Williams Environmental Health and Safety / Environmental Aris Ristau Facilities Operations / Building Services Sandra Shea-Crabb University Planning, Design and Construction Alisa Geller Student Affairs / Residential Life Tina McCarthy Student Affairs / Student Health and Wellness Jessica Pillsbury Undergraduate Student Government Lisa Mieszkowicz Procurement Services David Koehler Facilities Operations / Academic Renovations William Pecor Hartford Campus Craig Wallett Waterbury / Torrington Campus Stephen Casapulla
Stamford Campus Ben Roccapriore Avery Point Campus James Missell
Law School Wesley Byerly, Ex-Officio Office of the Vice President for Research Terri Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety Valerie Brangan, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety / Occupational Ryan Bangham, Ex Officio Human Resources Tiffanie Roback, Ex-Officio Human Resources / Workers' Compensation Marisol Hernandez, Secretary Environmental Health and Safety