Director of risk management wins National Safety Council award

by Kate Bloomquist

Robert Zerr, director of risk management and safety at the University of Notre Dame, has received the annual Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council (NSC).p. The award was established in 1942 to recognize the many individuals and companies who supported U.S. workers during World War II by reducing occupational injuries. Since 1954, the council has recognized individuals who contribute to the field of safety on a national scale. Only nine safety professionals across the nation received the 2003 award.p. Zerr was recognized for his management of a comprehensive insurance, risk management, environmental health, and safety program for more than 10,000 students and 4,000 employees. He serves on many University committees on transportation, general safety and risk assessment, and has published articles regarding workers? compensation and faculty and student safety overseas.p. Among Zerr’s other honors are Notre Dame’s prestigious Presidential Award, Student Government Irish Clover Award and the Irish Team Award. A graduate of Franklin College, Zerr also holds a master’s degree in health physics from Purdue University.p. The NSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to “protecting life and promoting health.” Its 45,000 members represent businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups and individuals.

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