October is Biosafety and Biosecurity Month

Promoting Innovation in Biosafety and Biosecurity as the theme this year.  The following are some recent innovations EHS has implemented: 

  • Creation of a Post-approval monitoring program for Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) protocols for research with biological materials.
  • Production of Biosafety Cabinets and Autoclave Operations videos as a supplement to available online training modules. 
  • Implementation of a training outreach program to provide on-demand hands-on training on various biosafety topics, such as Biosafety Cabinet Operations, Spill Clean-up Procedures, Proper Donning and Doffing of PPE, Bloodborne Pathogens Program Training 

You can learn more about these programs or access the resources at the links below.

https://ehs.unl.edu/committees/ibc/protocol-development

https://go.unl.edu/ehs_in-person_training

https://ehs.unl.edu/video-resources

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Join EHS in welcoming Justus Foged and John Lohmeier to our office.

Justus Foged, Assistant Director for Campus Operations Compliance, works to ensure facility maintenance operations and equipment are in compliance with local, state, NFPA, and other organizational regulations and guidance.  Justus grew up and met his wife in Morrill, Nebraska, before moving east.  They have two daughters, aged 12 and 16.  Justus and his wife enjoy watching their daughters play volleyball and cheerlead at their respective schools in Waverly, Nebraska.

John Lohmeier, UNL's Asset and Inventory Manager, manages the University's fixed asset inventory from the day the assets are purchased to the day they are discarded.  John also manages the public and online surplus auctions that are held near EHS at the new Materials Management Building.  John has been working at UNL for 44 years and has been happily married to his wife, Wendy for 42 years.  They met and lived in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, until moving to Seward about 4 years ago.  John and Wendy spend much of their time with their two daughters' families who live in Seward and Firth, Nebraska.

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EHS Welcomed two new employees in January 2021. Please send a warm welcome to Syed Naeem (left) and Macrae Zappala (right)

Two men, Syed Naeem (left) and Macrae Zappala (right) standing close to one another in front of pine tree on a huge lawn.

Syed Naeem is EHS's Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Idaho State University. While studying in Idaho, Syed enjoyed carving up the slopes skiing at Pebble Creek Mountain. While he waits patiently for his wife currently residing in Pakistan, he has stayed busy riding, working on, and traveling on his motorcycle. Syed is looking forward to meeting and working with the RAM and X-Ray users at UNL.

Macrae Zappala is an Environmental Health and Safety Technician for the EHS Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNL. Macrae enjoys playing hockey as a left forward in an adult league. When he is not playing hockey Macrae loves to be around his family and dogs who reside in Lincoln. Once or twice per year he enjoys visiting family in Connecticut. As an EHS Technician, Macrae will be conducting safety and compliance surveys and supporting hazardous and universal waste disposal around all three UNL campuses.

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Joel Webb receives Kudos award from NU Regents

Pandemic preppers receive Kudos from NU Regents

Close cropped individual headshots of four men: Jack Dohrman, Gabriel Hampton, Larry Shippen, and Joel Webb.