The highest standards

Martha McDougall (left), chair of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Awards Committee, presents the CSHEMA Award of Merit to Bruce Backus, assistant vice chancellor for environmental health and safety, and Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton at a ceremony July 28 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. CSHEMA is the leading environmental health and safety (EH&S) professional organization for colleges, universities and research institutions, and CSHEMA’s Award of Merit recognizes institutions that have high-caliber EH&S programs in all areas of safety, occupational health and environmental protection. “The award requires stringent documentation to demonstrate that Washington University has a complete environmental, health and safety program that meets the highest standards,” Backus said. “The programs are assessed and reviewed by a panel of EH&S directors from institutions with top safety and compliance programs, who recognize only the top entries. It is considered a significant honor to receive this award.”