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Principe named Director of Environmental Health and Safety

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – An expert in industrial and environmental management with experience in OSHA standards and compliance has been hired as West Virginia University’s director of Environmental Health and Safety.

John Principe, who joins WVU from Denison University, began his duties July 19.
Prior to working at Denison, Principe served as a safety supervisor, a management position, at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation.

Principe has a bachelor’s degree in management from Wheeling Jesuit College and is a certified safety professional. He also holds certifications in hazard control management, mold inspection and remediation, aquatic facility operation, fire safety inspection, fire/arson investigation, and is an EMT-paramedic. He was awarded Safety Person of the Year by the American Society of Safety Engineers Region VII in 2009.

“John is highly experienced in all aspects of industrial and environmental management and will ensure that WVU remains at the leading edge of regulatory changes and safety trends,” said Randy Hudak, assistant vice president, facilities management. “We are pleased to welcome him to our university.”

Principe succeeds Katherine Powell who had been interim director for two years.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides a wide variety of services to ensure safe working conditions for University employees and students. Services include:

• monitoring for environmental air quality
• asbestos management
• environmental health (food safety, drinking water sanitation, swimming pools, etc,)
• facility code compliance
• hazardous materials management
• medical monitoring
• occupational safety
• safety training

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