Radiological & Environmental Management Division of Environmental Health and Public Safety

Presidential Safety Award

The Presidential Safety Award is awarded to individuals or groups that have made significant accomplishment in improving safety at Purdue University.  The award is presented at the annual safety chair meeting in March of each year.  The President or his designee will present a plaque to the individual or group in recognition of the safety achievement.


Nominations

Nominations are accepted at any time but must be received by no later than February 15th of each year to be eligible for consideration during that calendar year.  Nominations will be reviewed by the Environmental Health and Public Safety (EHPS) Award Committee with final approval by the Senior Director of EHPS.


Criteria and Eligibility

The selection for the Presidential Safety Award will be based on the following criteria:

  1. New or innovative methods for the implementation of safety.
  2. Excellence in safety program implementation.
  3. Demonstrated improvement in a safety program.
  4. Personal leadership in safety.
  5. Consistent safety performance over time.

All faculty, staff, and students are eligible for this award.

Click here for the nomination form.


2019 Presidential Safety Award Winner

  

Gabriela Nagy, Industrial Education Director, Chemical Engineering - After joining the School in February 2013, she implemented changes to the existing safety program that led to a more safety aware community and safer work practices in the lab. Some of her accomplishments are:
- Introduced the "Safety Moment" at the beginning of each Graduate Seminar (April 2018)
- Re-invigorated the ChE safety committee by recruiting two new graduate student members every year.
- Developed and implemented online yearly safety refresher training (2015) and an efficient training procedure for all ChE undergraduate research students.
- Introduced (2014) the yearly ChE Excellence in Safety Award to recognize graduate students' commitment to safety.
- Initiated the development of the ChE Specific Safety Policies, including the "One glove policy" which restricts the use of chemical resistant safety gloves to specific areas of FRNY (2015).
- Introduced monthly unannounced safety inspections of ChE labs (2016) to promote safe work practices.
- Shares safety incidents and near misses with the School, as a way of learning from these events and to prevent similar situations from happening.
- Introduced, developed and taught a new, in-house "Safety in ChE" course for first-year ChE graduate students (2015).
- Coordinates the activities for the Chemical Engineers for Safety Seminars (ChESS) graduate student led safety education program.

2017 Presidential Safety Award Winner John Howarter, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering
Carol Shelby, Gabriela Nagy and Christopher Agnew


2018 Presidential Safety Award Winners

 

Ravi Joshi, Chemical Engineering Graduate Student - Recognized for active participation in a culture of safety in the laboratory.  In particular he has served as safety officer, and on the School of Chemical Engineering Safety Committee. He continues to be a champion for safety by serving as a role model and organizing safety seminars.  He has also been awarded the 2016 Chemical Engineering Excellence in Safety Award and the 2017 Award for Outstanding Service in Chemical Engineering.  He currently serves on the University-wide Chemical and Laboratory Safety Committee. 

2018 Presidential Safety Award Winner
Christopher Agnew, Carol Shelby and Ravi Joshi


Bindley Bioscience Center Safety Committee - The Bindley Bioscience Center Safety Committee led by Susan McCreery has been proactive in fostering a culture of safety.  The committee ensures that staff receive the appropriate training prior to allowing laboratory access.  The committee also acts to address identified safety issues promptly and maintain certification in the Integrated Safety Plan.

2018 Presidential Safety Award Winner 2
Christopher Agnew, Carol Shelby and Susan McCreery on behalf of the Bindley Bioscience Safety Committee


2017 Presidential Safety Award Winner

  

John Howarter, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering - John has served on the MSE Safety Committee in 2012; he initiated a new program with the MSE graduate students to form their own safety committee.  As the faculty advisor for grad/undergrad MSE student organizations he has been the leader in building and maintaining workplace safety culture from students, faculty and staff. He continues to demonstrate personal leadership in expanding the safety culture by ensuring effective transitions of key responsibilities to new faculty and staff. Aligning MSE with R.E.M. and has allowed MSE to be responsive to changes in university safety policy. Under John's leadership our safety audit and incident record has improved while we have TRIPLED the number of lab users. 

2017 Presidential Safety Award Winner John Howarter, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering
Carol Shelby (Senior Director EHPS) and John Howarter


2015 Presidential Safety Award Winners

  

Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) - Under the leadership of Xingya (Linda) Liu, the committee has been proactive in fostering a culture of safety.  The committee sends out regular safety bulletins to ensure that safety remains a top priority.  The committee consults frequently with REM to resolve any potential safety issues.  LORRE is certified in the ISP program .

From left to right: Barron Hewetson, Thomas Kreke, Xingya (Linda) Liu, Michael Ladisch, Nathan Mosier
Barron Hewetson, Thomas Kreke, Xingya (Linda) Liu, Michael Ladisch, Nathan Mosier


 

Viktor Cybulskis, Chemical Engineering Graduate Student - Recognized for initiation of a culture of safety and professionalism in the laboratory.  In particular he led the safety review for hydrofluoric acid use, served as safety officer, and provides ongoing safety support to his group.  Active in safety, Viktor participates in the School of Chemical Engineering Safety Committee and has developed a management-of-change and hazard evaluation process.

From left to right: Suresh Garimella, Viktor Cybulskis, Jim Schweitzer
Suresh Garimella, Viktor Cybulskis, Jim Schweitzer


 

Wiley Dining Court - Recognized for implementation of a cut resistant gloves program in Wiley Dining Hall which has dramatically reduced cut injuries.  When initially faced with employee resistance and implementation difficulties Barbara stayed committed to safety, resolved the issues and continued to move the program forward.  Because of this injury reduction success at Wiley, Barbara plans to implement the program in an additional dining hall she manages.

 

From left to right: Suresh Garimella, Marion Miller, Barbara Maughmer, Jim Schweitzer
Suresh Garimella, Marion Miller, Barbara Maughmer, Jim Schweitzer


2014 Presidential Safety Award Winners

  

Chemical Engineering Safety Committee - The Chemical Engineering Dept. was one of the first to be certified, and continues to be certified under the university's Iintegrated Safety Plan. They have implemented many safety improvements over time. The latest improvements include the installation of an AED and bi-monthly student led safety seminar.

From left to right: Al Diaz, Fabio Ribeiro, Gabriela Nagy, Robert Hannemann, Yury Zvinevich, Eric Sheets, Rohit Jaini, Jeff Valley
Al Diaz, Fabio Ribeiro, Gabriela Nagy, Robert Hannemann, 
Yury Zvinevich, Eric Sheets, Rohit Jaini, Jeff Valley


 

Engineering Education Safety Committee - Engineering Education works primarily with students and is mindful of student safety. The Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL) in Armstrng is an example of the safety efforts. Students that access this lab sign a safety contract, and safety and usage prodedures are posted at each machine.

From left to right: Patrick La Petina, Eric Holloway, Jeff Huddleston, Jim Whitford, Rick Womack, David Radcliffe
Al Diaz, Patrick La Petina, Jeff Huddleston, 
Jim Whitford, Eric Holloway, Rick Womack, David Radcliffe


 

Grounds Safety Committee - The Grounds department strives to make their hazardous work as safe as possible. The most recent improvement has been outfitting vehicles with strobe lights and requiring all personnel near roadways to wear high visibility outerwear.

From left to right: Jeff Woolard, Safety Committee Chaiman; Gary Evans, Director of Grounds
Jeff Woolard, Safety Committee Chaiman; Gary Evans, Director of Grounds


 

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity - The members of this fraternity strive to include safety in all aspects of their fraternity life.  The most recent fire safety inspection by PUFD identified no deficiencies. The fraternity also involves campus safety officials in the planning of their events.

From left to right: Al Diaz, Zachary Brantley, Patty Thomas
Al Diaz, Zachary Brantley, Patty Thomas


2013 Presidential Safety Award Winners

  

Materials Engineering - Enhancing student and research safety - For their program requiring all graduate students to perform peer safety reviews of laboratories throughout the department.

From left to right: Mitchell Daniels Jr., Cem Akatay, Stephanie Gong, Ruihong Zhang, Lisa Murray, Andrew Rosenberger, Kevin Chaput
Mitchell Daniels Jr., Cem Akatay, Stephanie Gong, 
Ruihong Zhang, Lisa Murray, Andrew Rosenberger, Kevin Chaput


 

Purdue University Police Department - Enhancing student and community safety - For quick apprehension of the assult/burglary suspects in the fall of 2012, using the campus video surveillance system and "good old fashioned detective work"

From left to right: Carrie Costello, Steve Dietrich, Fred Davis, Matt Rosenbarger, Matt Wietbrock, Mitchell Daniels Jr., John Cox, Mike Boesch
 Carrie Costello, Steve Dietrich, Fred Davis, Matt Wietbrock, 
Matt Rosenbarger, Mitchell Daniels Jr., John Cox, Mike Boesch


Zucrow Labs - Enhancing research lab safety - For their prompt response to safety concerns that necessitated an immediate shutdown of all research until processes could be evaluated to to ensure proper safety protocols

From left to right: Mitchell Daniels Jr., Scott Meyer
Mitchell Daniels Jr., Scott Meyer


Campus Safety Contacts

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Carol Shelby, Senior Director

Phone:
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Email: 
cshelby@purdue.edu
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