Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc. has honoured Ontario engineering students from McMaster University and University of Toronto with its 2014 James Ham Safe Design Award. The award program challenges Canadian university engineering students to make an original contribution toward integrating safety into engineering design. Minerva Canada is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the teaching of safety, health and environmental (SHE) management in post secondary schools across Canada.
This year's recipients of the James Ham Safe Design Award include:
first place — Josh Cornelius, Stephanie Savoie, Azmil Ridzuan and Famya Mahmud, McMaster University, for introducing a forklift visual safety device that helps prevent collisions with workplace employees and contractors by making them more aware of the presence of forklifts. The team will be awarded $3,500.
second place — Larissa Lodo, University of Toronto, for developing a series of self-assessment tools to enhance health and safety standards in university and college laboratories based on lessons learned from 86 laboratory incidents in academia. Lodo will be awarded $1,500.
The awards pay tribute to James Ham, whose Royal Commission Report on Health and Safety led to the creation of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1979 and the Internal Responsibility System in Ontario workplaces. The awards were presented on April 30 by Minerva president and CEO Anthony Pasteris and WSPS president and CEO Elizabeth Mills at WSPS's national Partners in Prevention Conference & Trade Show. WSPS is a sponsor of Minerva Canada.
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