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UNI lauded for safety practices

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Cindy Houlson, safety coordinator, UNI Physical Plant, (319) 273-5855
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council presented the University of Northern Iowa a safety award for outstanding achievement in accident prevention. The presentation took place during the council's recent conference in Davenport.

The national incident rate for universities and educational institutions is 2.9 per year; UNI's is 2.52. The incident rate is the number of occupational injuries/illnesses or lost workdays per 100 full-time employees. Recorded incidents are those involving an occupational injury or illness. Not counted are cases that involve one-time treatment, or minor injuries that do not ordinarily require medical care.

Cindy Houlson, UNI's safety coordinator, noted this is the second time the university has received such an award. 'UNI has made a concentrated effort to keep our employees safe though a series of programs and precautions, and this is proof that our hard work is paying off.'

The university received the same award in 2001.