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30 July 2008

NUS Wins International Awards For Safety And Health Programmes

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The National University of Singapore (NUS) has gained international recognition for its safety and health programmes. It was recently conferred the prestigious Award of Merit for its entry in the Complete Environmental, Health and Safety Programme Competition. The Award was presented at this year's International Conference on Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management in St Louis, Missouri, United States on 28 July 2008.

First instituted in 1972, the CSHEMA Awards are given out annually and NUS is the first university in Southeast Asia and the second university in Asia to win this internationally-recognised Award.

The Complete Environmental, Health and Safety Programme Award is given out in recognition of educational institutions from around the world which have excelled in the implementation of their own safety and health programmes with novel and original efforts, while complying with standardised regulations. The Award of Merit is the second highest award for the programme. With this win, NUS' comprehensive safety and health management system is benchmarked against those from other universities based in the United States and around the globe.

Also receiving an award at this year's CSHEMA Annual Meeting is NUS' Senior Deputy President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. He was conferred the Campus Leader Who Cares Award, in recognition of his outstanding involvement and support, and his understanding of how important environmental stewardship, health and safety issues are to the University.

Dr Peck Thian Guan, Director of NUS' Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) said, "We are honoured to receive the Merit Award from CSHEMA. NUS has established a comprehensive safety and health management system. Under this system we have a number of safety and health programmes that create a safe and healthy work and study environment for all our NUS staff and students."

The numerous occupational safety and health programmes cover issues such as Chemical Safety, Biosafety and Radiation Safety. Adequate training of staff is ensured through a structured safety training programme. NUS also conducts safety training for the leaders and committee members of student groups. Here the students are taught risk assessment and how to formulate a safety plan for their student events.

The university has two safety and health promotion programmes - the NUS Annual Safety and Health Performance Award (ASPHA) Programme and the NUS Safety and Health Improvement Projects (SHIP) Scheme - to promote safe work practices and standards to its departments and to promote a pro-safety mindset amongst members of the university community. These programmes provide a structured approach to the management of occupational safety and health hazards.

Founded since 1954, the CSHEMA is an independent organisation based in the United States, and comprises nearly 1,000 Environmental, Health and Safety professionals working on campuses throughout the United States and internationally. As the professional organisation for campus safety specialists, CSHEMA promotes the image and importance of the field itself, defines responsibilities, provides opportunities to learn as well as to mentor, develops skills, and sets up ideal situations for networking.

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