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Department of Environmental Health and Safety receives awards at summer conference

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 29, 2005) -- Ohio University's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) received two awards at the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Conference held this summer in Philadelphia.

The department won the Perks for Peers Competition, which promotes interest in and encourages development of innovative programs that improve fire and life safety awareness at colleges and universities. Ohio University Director of Environmental Health and Safety Chuck Hart was presented with a check for $2,000 at the conference.

The money will be used to start a new fire safety training program for Ohio University students. The program will include open discussions, safety videos, a smoke simulation drill and fire extinguisher training. Participating students will receive a certificate.

"It is exciting to win this award and the money will be used toward improving the fire safety awareness on campus," said Ohio University Director of Environmental Health and Safety Chuck Hart. "Much of the credit goes to our fire safety engineer, Jill DeMuth, who designed the program."

EHS also won second place in the Home Page Competition. The competition awards Web page design that expertly and consistently supports its institution's image and goals by successfully incorporating accessible, timely and relevant editorial content and a wide scope of quality features and resources. Web site development was coordinated by EHS Training and Communication Coordinator Julie Wilson, along with the EHS staff.

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