CSU Presents 2019 Outstanding Safety Professional Award

"I am honored that Columbia Southern University has chosen me to represent them in this way. I hope to inspire other professionals to continue to develop as leaders and expand their understanding of their craft," Wyatt Bradbury said. "I also hope to challenge experienced professionals to begin the transfer of knowledge that is necessary for the next generation of OSH professionals."

Columbia Southern University announced that it has presented its 2019 Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Wyatt Bradbury of Washington, D.C. CSU's occupational safety and health faculty members selected Bradbury from a pool of more than 300 nominations; he is earning his bachelor's degree in occupational safety and health, is president of the National Capital chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and also serves his community as a lifeguard instructor, according to CSU.

"I am honored that Columbia Southern University has chosen me to represent them in this way. I hope to inspire other professionals to continue to develop as leaders and expand their understanding of their craft," Bradbury said. "I also hope to challenge experienced professionals to begin the transfer of knowledge that is necessary for the next generation of OSH professionals."

The 2019 runner-up is Cheryl Ratcliff of Azle, Texas. A regional environmental health and safety manager for Novolex, Ratcliff was unaware a co-worker had nominated her for the award, according to CSU, which reported that she also is seeking a bachelor's degree in occupational safety and health.

"Since childhood, my dream was to work in a profession that could have a positive influence on others," Ratcliff said. "Early on, that was professions such as police officer, firefighter, counselor, and even nursing. It turns out that I have worked my entire career in manufacturing, and when the opportunity arose to move into occupational safety and health, I jumped. I have a passion for safety and enjoy interacting with all levels in the organization to ensure a safe work environment."

CSU created the award to recognize National Safety Month, observed annually in June, and to celebrate its occupational safety and health students and graduates for their commitments to safety, professionalism, and their accomplishments.

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