FLORENCE---The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Francis Marion University has won an award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Health and Safety.
The College Safety Award, offered alternately to large universities and four-year colleges, is awarded to the college or university with the best safety program. It is based on policies, plans, reports, implementation of these policies, and an on-site visit.
The award honors the university for having developed an outstanding chemical hygiene plan and a laboratory safety course. The award cites FMU's laboratory safety manager, Travis Ragsdale, for making chemical safety a priority for all science students.
The award, along with a check for $1,000 to be used to support its laboratory safety program, will be presented at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, La., Aug. 23. Barbara Hankinson, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at FMU, has been asked to make a presentation at the awards symposium. Hankinson said that she was thrilled that FMU has been recognized for its environmental practices in teaching students.
"This is a great honor for the faculty, staff and students of the chemistry program," she said. "We work very hard to ensure the health and safety of our students when working with chemicals and equipment. This award is a reflection of the university-wide effort to make laboratory safety a priority at Francis Marion."