Kraemer receives NFSI Spirit Award for safety education

Dr. David G. Kraemer, professor and chair of the department of occupational safety and health (OSH) at Murray State University, was surprised with a national award from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) today in the Curris Center on campus.

Kraemer received the NFSI Spirit Award, a yearly recognition that is presented to an individual or organization that epitomizes the spirit and mission of the NFSI to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls through education, research and standards development. Kraemer has demonstrated his commitment and leadership in making walkway safety an important part of the OSH curriculum at the university.

A 15-member board of directors representing product manufacturers, insurance underwriters, trade associations and independent consultants leads NFSI.

The NFSI and Murray State partnered for the first slip-and-fall accident prevention research and training laboratory, located on campus. Unlike other independent university research projects that have been conducted in the past, the NFSI research laboratory at Murray State University is the first permanent facility of its type in the country and serves as a training ground for future environmental health and safety professions.

The partnership has allowed undergraduate and graduate occupational safety and health students to study the cause-and-effect relationships that occur as the result of hazardous flooring conditions. The students have been able to study how the slip resistance of various walkway materials is impacted by contaminants and how those contaminants may be removed to provide a stable walking surface.

Russ Kendzior, NFSI president, presented the award to Kraemer, thanking him for his commitment and leadership in the NFSI/MSU partnership and his dedication to the education of OSH students.

“The partnership between NFSI and Murray State is one of the signature cooperative efforts on campus,” said Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president. “I thank Dr. Kraemer for his efforts, which have continued to elevate the occupational safety and health program as one of the strongest on campus.”

Kraemer began his career at Murray State in 1986 in the OSH department and has been department chair since 1993. He primary areas of academic interest are occupational safety and health, internship/cooperative education and transportation safety. Kraemer is a recipient of the MSU Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence and the Distinguished Professor of the Year award.

An active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Kraemer has been an ASSE trustee, served on numerous committees, and received both the ASSE Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Award.

His international presentations include invitations to China and Costa Rica to give lectures, meet with officials, and provide workshops and seminars for OSH professionals.

Kraemer earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

Murray State’s department of occupational safety and health is housed in the college of health sciences and human services and has both its bachelor and master degree programs accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

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Dr. David Kraemer, professor and chair of the department of occupational safety and health at Murray State University, was presented with the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) Spirit Award by Russ Kendzior, NFSI president, today on campus. Pictured are (from left) Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president; Kraemer; Kendzior; and Dr. Susan Muller, professor and dean of the MSU college of health sciences and human services.

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