UMass Amherst Health and Safety Director Donald Robinson Receives Distinguished Service Award

AMHERST, Mass. - Donald A. Robinson, director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council (NSC). Robinson received the honor at the NSC''s 88th Annual Congress and Expo held in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 13-20. More than 3,000 people attended the awards ceremony.

The award is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the NSC in recognition of outstanding service to the field of safety at the University, among other members, and in the recipient''s community. Robinson was one of five people nominated by the NSC''s Campus Safety Division.

"This prestigious honor, although bestowed on an individual, actually reflects the commitment of the campus leadership to providing a healthy and safe environment for the University community," Robinson says. "UMass was among the first to establish a formal environmental health and safety department dedicated to the prevention of injuries and illnesses. This NSC award is made possible by the longstanding commitment this campus has to reaching out and assisting others."

Robinson says he has been involved in campus safety issues at the national level because the University has encouraged him to do so. He also says receiving the award was especially emotional for him because he lost his father, at age 48, to a preventable fatal injury. He was accompanied to the awards ceremony by family members and his wife, Sara.

Robinson has been director of EHS since coming to the UMass campus in 1975 from the General Electric Company in Lynn, where he was manager of occupational safety. He earned his bachelor''s degree and doctorate in engineering from the University and holds faculty appointments in both engineering and environmental health sciences. He is past chairman of the board and member of the executive committee for the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts based in Springfield, and currently serves as the vice president of the National Safety Council for the Campus Safety Division.

The National Safety Council is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. Its more than 37,500 member locations include businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups, and individuals. Founded in 1913, NSC''s scope has expanded to include highway, community and recreational safety, as well as occupational and environmental health.