An essential element of a successful safety culture is a program that includes positive recognition and constructive feedback. Recognition for excellent performance or contributions to the safety effort are shared to extend positive safety culture elements. Constructive feedback and appropriate action when required safety processes are violated contributes to the larger picture of institutional safety efforts. For purposes of this program, “safety” encompasses all aspects of safety, health, fire prevention, and environmental protection.
The Recognition of Best Practice and Safety Kudos program provides positive recognition opportunities via a process for identifying excellent performance worthy of recognition and the criteria to be examined for excellent safety performance.
Who is Eligible?
Recognition of Best Practice and Safety Kudos can include department level examples, individuals (students, faculty and staff) as well as teams or labs. A department representative may nominate an individual or group from their department for one of the awards listed. Self-nominations for an award are accepted also.
Recognition of Best Practice and Safety Kudos will cover three areas:
- Sustained Performance
- Most Improved
- Contribution to Department or University Safety Effort
Submission criteria will include individual key areas or a combination of performance in the key areas listed in the table below:
|Employee Onboarding||Training or process for familiarizing a new staff, student or faculty member to research environments, equipment and more at NC State|
|Employee Specific Task Training||Training tools or methods used to teach a specific task or process|
|Conducting Hazard Assessments||Process for reviewing a hazard (process, material, equipment) , providing context to the hazards present and options for safety and mitigation of risks|
|Identifying and Using Necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)||Training, process or methods used to discuss personal protective equipment needed for individuals, specific use cases and appropriate use|
|Use of Engineering Controls to Limit Physical or Health Risks||Educating others on available engineering controls built in to the facility, equipment or associated with a process that limits unnecessary risks to individuals|
|Establishing Safe Operating Procedures (SOP)||Developing, sharing and revising operating procedures that inform others of safety measures needed to prevent harm or exposure to people, property and the environment|
|Documenting Safe Operating Procedures (SOP)||Templates, repositories, webpages or other examples of how to document SOPs for use and sharing|
|Lab or Work Area Self Inspections and Assessments (peer assessments)||Templates, processes or training associated with self-inspections or assessments of a research space or work location; could also include peer assessment activities associated with research, student programs or more|
|Managing Waste and Unwanted Material||Methods or approaches to waste management, minimization, handling, processing, safety measures or recycling efforts|
|Protecting the Environment||Approaches to reducing waste, conserving energy, preventing pollution|
|Documenting Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery Plans||Templates, processes or training related to managing emergencies and recovery in research settings, teaching spaces or other work locations|
|Integrating Safety (into your daily activities)||Explaining safety, modeling behaviors, and proactively promoting safety at NC State|
|Student Involvement (student inspection teams, projects, engagement, etc)||Ideas and/or programs that promote student inclusion in safety practices, from formal to informal opportunities at NC State|
|Voluntary Training (beyond requirements)||Extending training beyond the requirements of the institution, to share or extend information that benefits others|
|Environmental Health and Safety Inspection Results||Examples of corrective actions, mitigation strategies and responses that demonstrate safety practices or new approaches to requirements that are reviewed during an inspection|
|Innovation||New approaches, practices or strategies that extend the safety culture and solve ongoing safety problems and benefit others|
|Continuous Communication||Sharing information proactively in order to extend conversation, address concerns, seek better options within your group or for NC State|
What’s the Process?
Have an idea for a Recognition of Best Practice Submission? Submit that here!
Have an idea for a Safety Kudo Submission? Submit that here!
Once you submit application information, it will be reviewed for recognition and shared via the Environmental Health and Safety webpage. Submitters and recipients will be notified of the review process and outcomes.
These Recognition of Best Practice and Safety Kudos, that recognize excellent performance, will be available for others to view, share and learn from!
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