Pamela Boatright has worked for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) as the System Safety, Health & Environment Resource (SSHER) Center coordinator since December 2002. The SSHER Center coordinator provides a variety of services to the designated safety coordinators at the 28 member campuses, including a quarterly newsletter, maintenance of the Web site and listserv, and a large lending library. The coordinator can also provide written safety programs or training packages. Because all campuses are unique, Pam is always available for any one who has a special need or question.
Pam has a bachelor of science from East Central University in Ada, a master of public health in environmental management from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and a master of science in industrial hygiene, also from OUHSC. Her health, safety and environmental work experience within the higher education system began in 1989 at OUHSC, then later at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her work at OU and OUHSC included many issues, such as indoor air quality, hazardous waste management, underground storage tank removal, asbestos management, and numerous other safety, health and environmental issues. Because of the diversity of health and safety issues that may be found on any campus, the coordinator must be a “generalist,” with the ability to quickly find the information needed to address unique campus concerns.
Pam also spent three years at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, where she developed and implemented the agency’s employee health and safety program.