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NMSU Ag professor receives Friend of Safety award

Dennis Hallford, New Mexico State University?s Animal and Range Sciences interim department head, past chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and current chair of the University Radiation Safety Committee, received this year?s annual Friend of Safety Award for his contributions to the longstanding improvement of safety in these areas.



On Tuesday, Dennis Hallford, New Mexico State University?s Animal and Range Sciences interim department head, received this year?s annual Friend of Safety Award for his contributions to student and livestock safety.

During the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences department head meeting Tuesday, Katrina Doolitle, executive director for NMSU?s Environmental Health & Safety, presented the golden globe award to Hallford. The Friend of Safety distinction and award is given to an NMSU employee who has implemented safety programs or policies that have positively and significantly impacted their department or college and resulted in improved safety culture overall.

?The safety achievements that are recognized by this award must be more than what the person is responsible for in their day-to-day work,? Doolittle said. ?We only recognize those who go above and beyond what is required, and do it in such a way that it persist over time. The accomplishments must be far-reaching and considered a permanent improvement in the safety program that they are responsible for creating.?

Hallford received the award because of his commitment to research oversight committees at NMSU for 30 years, adding elements of safety that did not previously exist.

?With his leadership and the support of the committee, we now have strong safety programs for all animal workers and all who use ionizing radiation at NMSU. He not only ensured compliance, he took it to the next level with the safety components of these programs,? Doolittle said. ?I have watched the safety culture of the workers improve in these areas of research where there is animal handling risks, potential disease and radiation hazards. Dr. Hallford kept the safety of the individual and good safe science at the forefront, and he is also responsible for the compliance improvements that are now core safety programs in both areas.?