College and University Health and Safety Award
The NIOSH College and University Health and Safety Award is given to recognize the comprehensive laboratory safety programs in higher education (undergraduate study only). The award consists of a commemorative plaque and a $1000 prize for expenses so that the recipient can be present their program at an award symposium at the fall ACS national meeting. The ten criteria for this award can be found below.
Nomination and/or verification may be made by a local ACS section or nearby industry which has on its staff an ACS member with expertise in laboratory safety. There are ten categories for judging. Submitted nomination materials for each should include comments on each:
- Institutional safety policy.
- Chemical hygiene plans for instructional laboratories;
- Evidence of incorporation of safety concepts and sources of information into the curriculum:
a) student rules
b) examinations safety course offerings
c) seminars on safety topics
d) results of safety research
- Chemical waste guidelines, documents and statistics.
- Storage: written policies and description of procedures.
- Prep room: chemical hygiene plan, general policy and procedures.
- Waste minimization: policy, practice, incorporation into curriculum.
- Faculty development: seminars, workshops, production of videotapes, slides, etc.
- Laboratories and chemical use areas: conditions:
e) emergency equipment
f) personal protective equipment
- Accident reports: maintenance, analysis, use.
Previous Award Winners
2013: North Carolina State University
2012: Wittenburg University, Sprignfield, Ohio
2011: University of California, San Diego
2010: Princeton University
2009: Wellesley College
2008: Franklin and Marshall
2007: University of Connecticut
2006: none awarded
2005: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Nevada-Reno
2004: University of Massachusetts-Boston
2003: none awarded
2002: none awarded
2001: West Virginia University
2000: none awarded
1999: Francis Marion University
1996: Williams College
1995: University of Wisconsin-Madison
1993: College of St. Benedict, jointly with St. John's University of St. Joseph, MN
1991:Massachusetts Institute of Technology