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 General Information

This webpage is dedicated to providing UNCSA employees with a source of information to make their workplace and their homes safer.  Every year thousands of man-hours are lost on and off the job due to preventable accidents and actions that cost them and their families millions of dollars and the quality of their lives.


Safety Tips


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Dormitory Fires Facts & Figures


The number of reported fires in the dormitory occupancy group increased 3% from 3,200 in 1980 to 3,300 in 2005. In comparison, structure fires of all types declined 52% from 1980 to 2005.

  • In 2002-2005, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,300 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 7 civilian deaths, 46 civilian fire injuries, and $25 million in direct property damage. Note:  Dormitories include school, college and university dormitories; fraternity and sorority houses; monasteries; bunk houses; barracks; and nurses’ quarters.
  • Between 2002-2005, cooking equipment was involved in 72% of the reported dormitory fires; this includes confined or contained fires. Heating equipment was listed as the equipment involved in 2% of these fires; an additional 2% were confined heating equipment fires.
  • Structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks are more common during the evening hours between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., as well as on weekends.

Source: NFPA's "U.S. Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks," August 2007


Important Safety Links


If you have questions about air quality:
Air Quality                                          
Mold and Mildew                           

If you have questions about Bird Flu Pandemic Flu, and many everyday health issues:
Bird Flu/ Avian Flu/Pandemic      (Use search feature keyboard lower right letter “P”)
Center for Disease Control         
National Institute of Health        

If you have questions about North Carolina OSHA, work standards:
Department of Labor OSHA        

If you have questions about Ergonomic problems with your workspace:

If you have questions about safe workspaces or State Safety Plans and Programs:

If you have questions about chemical safety:
Link to MSDS data base  
MSDS Online                              

If you have questions about fire Safety:
National Fire Protection Association       
State Fire Marshal                          

If you have questions about overall safety issues:
National Safety Council                

If you have questions about Emergency Preparedness, First Aid training, Donating Blood:              



For more information about Environmental Safety, contact:

Christopher Boyd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management


Phone: (336) 770-3322

Fax: (336) 770-3326