August 3, 2007
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Congratulations, all! Working safely earned Health Science Center our ninth statewide award

On July 18, the State Office of Risk Management (SORM) notified Dr. Jim Sims, the Health Science Center’s safety officer, that we earned a Silver Safety Award for Fiscal Year 2006. The SORM awards recognize a state agency’s success in improving injury frequency rates for the fiscal year compared to a previous five-year average. Of some 185 state agencies, commissions and courts that are clients of SORM, only 39 earned awards: 14 gold, eight silver and 17 bronze.

Agencies earn the silver award when their injury frequency rate is at least 30 percent below the previous five-year average, but less than 50 percent below the five-year average rate.  For FY2006, our rate was 41.6 below our five-year average rate. In addition to our improved injury frequency rate for FY2006, our injury rate was at an all-time low of 0.99 injuries per 100 employees, and our injury rate was considerably below the average of the SORM client agencies, which was 3.86 injuries per 100 employees. 

The Health Science Center has earned eight SORM awards since the Safety Office was established in 1987: two gold for FY1997, FY1993; three silver for FY2005, FY2004, FY1998; and three bronze for FY2003, FY2000 and FY1995.

Dr. Sims said our latest award reflects the continuing commitment of managers, department safety coordinators and all employees to working safely, and to maintaining a safe working and learning environment. “Safety is everybody’s business at the health science center, and teamwork makes improvements like this possible,” he said. UNT HSC Logo


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