The Virginia Tech Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has been honored by the Campus Environmental Management Association and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities with the 2018 Innovation Award of Merit for Process Improvement.

The Innovation Awards honor the achievements of universities in creating a safer research culture. Award categories include resource enhancement, process improvement, and safety culture.

EHS was recognized with the 2018 Innovation Award of Merit for Process Improvement for the enhancements made to its robust Training Management System (TMS). Since its implementation in 2014, the TMS has grown to host over 40 online training programs using Captivate, with more training programs in development. Captivate publishes trainings in HTML5, allowing for customization and enabling training access across a variety of devices and web platforms. The entirety of the online EHS training process is now handled by the TMS, from registration to training launch to recording training completion.

Previously, both in-person and online trainings records were processed manually. TMS implementation is estimated to have saved more than 6,000 EHS employee hours over the past 44 months. Trainers are also able to view schedules for existing in-person scheduled classes, add new classes, and easily record attendance.

“The enhancements made to the TMS have been vital in sustaining and responding to the exponential growth and demand for trainings over the last five years. We’re proud of our team’s efforts to enrich the safety culture at Virginia Tech and honored to receive the Innovation Award,” said Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety Lance Franklin.

EHS actively works to promote a positive, responsible, integrated safety culture at all levels of the university community, assisting departments with complying with regulations and mandates.

Click here to learn more about the TMS implementation process.