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The Office of Environmental Health and Safety Spotlight: Brian Cournoyer

By David Gillum, assistant director, EH&S
July 21, 2010

Brian Cournoyer, occupational health and safety coordinator, EH&S

In a continued effort to introduce our team to the campus community, we are featuring a short article about an EH&S staff member in each of our newsletters. We hope this will allow you to get to know our staff a little better. This month the spotlight is on Brian Cournoyer, occupational health and safety coordinator.

How would you describe your role in EH&S?
As the occupational health and safety coordinator for the campus I am responsible for the health and safety of faculty and staff. As part of maintaining a safe and healthful working environment I am routinely investigating indoor air quality complaints, conducting health and safety training, reviewing accidents/incidents, managing existing health and safety programs, revising and/or developing programs, and conducting ergonomic assessments. In addition, I work closely with Human Resources on various workers compensation issues.

How long have you worked at UNH and in your field?
I have been at UNH for one year. Prior to coming to UNH I was an environmental health and safety consultant for 17 years. During that time I gained valuable experience in a variety of industries that included construction and hazardous waste site remediation.

Why did you choose your current profession?
I had the opportunity to get into the occupational safety program at Keene State College during my junior year. I quickly learned that the field of health and safety encompasses many different practice areas that intrigued me. The ability to be involved in different types of projects -- to ensure that when people come to work, they go home at the end of the day with all their fingers and toes, they can hear, see, and most importantly enjoy the things in life that bring them happiness -- I thought would be rewarding.

What do you like best about working for the university?
I enjoy the diversity of the university and the people associated with it.

What is your favorite hobby?
When I am not playing with my kids and family, I enjoy training for triathlons or playing music. Come fall it’s ‘Full Tilt, Full Time,” “Let’s Go Patriots!!!”

How would you describe your perfect day?
My perfect work day would be one where no one got hurt. On a personal note, hitting Powerball would make for a perfect day, but since that is not going to happen, I’d settle for a relaxing day on my deck with the family, good friends, good eats, and good music with nothing to worry about.

Cournoyer can be reached at brian.cournoyer@unh.edu  or 862-4761.


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