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UTSA Safety Office Honored with Top National Award

Business Affairs’ Divisions Earn Second National Recognition This Month 


UTSA Environmental Health Safety and Risk ManagementProfessionals in UTSA’s Business Affairs division continue to collect accolades for their excellence in serving UTSA campuses. 

On Sunday evening, July 24, the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management received the Complete Environmental Health and Safety Program Award of Honor from the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA).  CSHEMA offers institutional awards recognizing outstanding programs and innovations on campus.  The Award of Honor is the highest level of recognition CSHEMA offers in the Complete Program category.

The awards ceremony was held on the opening night of CSHEMA's 2016 Annual Conference, in Austin, TX. Accepting the award for UTSA were Vice President of Business Affairs Kathryn Funk-Baxter; Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management J. Brian Moroney; Administrative Services Officer Nancy Woodward; Environmental & Construction Safety Manager Richard Garza; Laboratory Safety Manager Wendy McCoy; Risk & Life Safety Manager John DeLaHunt; and Occupational Health and Wellness Manager Kristee Phelps.

UTSA’s Office of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management coordinates 17 separate services to UTSA's tri-campus.  These include air quality assessment, biological safety, construction safety assessment, fire and life safety, hazardous waste management, insurance management, laboratory safety, occupational health and safety, radiation/laser safety, recycling, risk management, solid waste removal, worksite wellness, and workers' compensation insurance coordination.

At the 63rd Annual CSHEMA Conference, UTSA staff presented sessions in the technical program related to management of fire drills in academic buildings during class and integration of worker safety, health, and wellness under the Total Worker Health® approach. This country-wide initiative is led by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and UTSA is the first university participant in the approach, according to NIOSH.

Award Recipients

Accepting the award for UTSA (left to right) Risk & Life Safety Manager John DeLaHunt; Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management J. Brian Moroney; Administrative Services Officer Nancy Woodward; Laboratory Safety Manager Wendy McCoy; Vice President of Business Affairs Kathryn Funk-Baxter; Occupational Health and Wellness Manager Kristee Phelps; and Environmental & Construction Safety Manager Richard Garza


About CSHEMA

CSHEMA supports and educates campus-based environmental, health, and safety professionals to empower and to improve the Environmental Health and Safety profession in campus environments. Originally founded in 1954 as the Campus Safety Association, CSHEMA has a long history of service to the college, university, and research communities.

Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association

07-24-2016