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ASU Environmental Health and Safety receives 2019 CSHEMA marketing award

CSHEMA Marketing Awards

From left: Robert Ott, Irene Mendoza and Suzanne Kennedy accept the CSHEMA Marketing Award. Photo courtesy Robert Ott

July 17, 2019

The Arizona State University Environmental Health and Safety team has received the CSHEMA Marketing Award from the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association.

The award recognizes the ASU Eye Promise safety campaign during the 2018–19 academic year which encouraged those who work in labs and shops as part of their work duties to wear safety glasses in areas where hazardous materials or hazardous operations are present.

“The Eye Promise safety campaign is another example of an initiative that embeds the culture of safety concept into the institutional fabric,” said Nichol Luoma, ASU’s University Business Services associate vice president and sustainability operations officer. “I am proud of the creative ways the EHS team engages in our campus community to help keep Sun Devils safe.”

The award was presented at the 2019 CSHEMA annual conference in Indianapolis on July 15, 2019, and is the highest honor given by the organization for the promotion of safe practices and safety culture at a university.

“I am extremely proud of the team that developed the Eye Promise safety glass campaign,” said Leon Igras, ASU EHS executive director and chief safety officer.

"Many people from ASU Biodesign, Business and Finance, EHS, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Research and University Business Services worked together on this achievement. This campaign has been a milestone in our safety culture program.”  

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. workers suffer about 2,000 eye injuries each day with one-third resulting in a trip to the hospital and 100 resulting in at least one missed day of work. ASU EHS is committed to raising awareness of safety practices to prevent injuries on and off campus. 

ASU EHS also was recognized by CSHEMA last year for fostering a strong university safety culture. At last year’s conference, ASU EHS received the CSHEMA Innovation Award in recognition of the ASU EHS Compliance Officer Program.

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