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 January 31 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.


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