Nominations open for first Excellence in Health and Safety Awards

Nominations are now open for a new award to foster workplace health and safety on the UWindsor campus. The Excellence in Health and Safety Award will recognize individuals or groups demonstrating leadership in this area.

“The Central Safety Committee wants to encourage these exemplary activities right across the University,” says Leigh Harold, the associate director, health and safety, in Human Resources. “Our hope is that the awards will provide some profile for issues around workplace safety.”

She says the award, part of a three-pronged health and safety initiative which also includes the recently introduced monthly safety newsletter and the future development of departmental safety committees, complements other human resources activities, including the Employee Recognition Awards Program launched last week.

The committee will make an award each quarter based on demonstrated evidence and specific examples of:

  • dedication to health and safety in the workplace;
  • fostering a culture of health and safety in a department or at a university-wide level;
  • contributions made to improve health and safety in the workplace (i.e. actions taken to prevent injuries or illnesses, prevention of unsafe conditions or practices, etc.).

In addition to the formal nomination process, winners may be drawn from the submissions via the Safety Improvement Suggestions Form posted on the health and safety Web site. Quarterly award winners will be profiled in the DailyNews. Each year, the University’s president will review the four quarterly winners to select the recipient of an annual award.

Nominations for the first quarter are due no later than September 30. Find more information, including eligibility details and nomination forms, on the health and safety Web site.