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CSHEMA Research Safety Awardees for 2017

The Campus Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) and APLU have partnered to recognize institutional leaders who are advancing a culture of safety on their campus and to recognize outstanding programs and innovations that improve research safety on campus.

APLU congratulates these member institutions and all of the awardees for their contributions to creating a safer research culture! Complete descriptions of the award winning programs are below in the Innovation Awards section.



  • Campus Leaders Who Care Awardees for 2017

    • Gerald Blazey, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
    • Nancy Wayne, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California–Los Angeles
    • Janet Hanson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, St. Olaf College
    • Tan Eng Chye, Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs), National University of Singapore
    • Chris Shay, Assistant Vice President for University Operations, Santa Clara University 
  • Innovation Awards of Honor for 20171

    University of Nevada–Reno - Safety Training for Academic Research Labs

    The University of Nevada, Reno’s STAR Lab is a campus laboratory space dedicated solely to hands-on safety training. It was created to improve safety training by adding an interactive format and to support an overall goal to strengthen the culture of safety.
    Learn more here.

    University of California - EHS Professional Education Program

    The Professional Education Program has 14 online learning modules (such as on radiation, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and more). After completing the online courses, participants are issued the Environmental Health & Safety Generalist certification. 
    Learn more here. 

    Northern Illinois University - Educational Course for Graduate Students

    NIU created a one-credit course on lab safety for graduate students focusing on safety culture, safe practices, and guidelines for working with hazardous materials.
    Learn more here. 

    University of California Los Angeles: Online Training Program

    UCLA and the Safety Training Consortium provides high-quality and engaging laboratory safety training for use by all consortium members. 
    Learn more here. 

    University of California–Davis: UC Lockout Tagout, Drones, Chemicals, and Inspect

    A series of mobile apps created by the university help students and employees identify hazards, record consumption and/or disposal of substances, find procedures, conduct inspections, and understand compliance issues.
    Learn more here. 

    Texas A&M University: Radiological Survey Control Master

    By moving their paper-based radiological safety inspection recording system to a system created in-house using Microsoft Access, Texas A&M was able to recapture 432 staff-hours per year while increasing safety, accuracy, and efficiency of the process.
    Learn more here. 

    Harvard University: Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment Assessment App

    The creation of a new Personal Protective Equipment policy resulted in substantially increased administrative costs. But, by working with a third party vendor to create a specific module for the already existing Inspection Management System, Harvard was able to increase compliance, decrease administrative burden, and recoup the costs in just under one year.
    Learn more here. 

    Stanford University: E-Sign for Controlled Substance Inspections

    In an effort to streamline the process of collecting controlled substance inventories from across campus, Stanford used an Adobe Acrobat feature to collect inventories on a more timely basis, with fewer errors, and with less staff time investment.
    Learn more here. 

  • Innovation Awards of Merit


1For 2017, all Awardees of Honor were recognized for process improvements. We did not award any institutions in the categories of resource enhancement or safety cultureThe CSHEMA Innovation Award honors the achievement of institutions across three innovation categories in safety:

  • Process Improvement recognizes successfully designed or re-engineered program; innovative method of training or educational course; or improving a service in response to a campus need.
  • Resource Enhancement recognizes Environmental Health & Safety programs that have successfully reduced costs, increased revenues or improved environment, and/or developed/created a sustainability initiative in response to a campus need. Applications are required to demonstrate measurable and documented monetary savings and/or reduction in impact to the environment.
  • Safety Culture recognizes institutional practices of faculty, staff, and students who are prompting a culture of safety. Applications are required to demonstrate how safety was incorporated into the project/program; observable and quantifiable changes in the culture; and how learning experiences could be transferred to other institutions to help facilitate promoting a culture of safety.