Dr. David Kraemer, former professor and chair of Murray State University’s department of occupational safety and health, received the William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year Award at the annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 2014 conference in Orlando, Fla. ASSE President Kathy Seabrook presented him with the award.
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The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) awarded Dr. David Kraemer, former professor and chair of Murray State University’s department of occupational safety and health, the William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year Award. The award was announced during ASSE’s Safety 2014 professional development conference and exposition held June 8-11 in Orlando, Fla.
Kraemer, who retired from Murray State on July 1, inspired thousands of students in the safety profession. “How blessed I’ve been to have spent my career investing in the lives of young men and women pursuing an occupational safety and health education, seeing them graduate and contribute in a positive way to this profession,” Kraemer said. “I can’t think of any better way to have spent the past 44 years.”
The annual Tarrants award recognizes exemplary achievements in safety, health and environmental education by honoring exceptional educators who show the highest level of achievement in teaching, scholarship and professional service as part of ASSE. Dr. William E. Tarrants was a pioneer in safety education and an ASSE president and Fellow. The award named for him is among ASSE’s highest honors.
More than 4,000 occupational safety and health professionals attended the conference, which focused on the latest in products, trends, issues and challenges facing the industry. ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. The society has more than 36,000 professional members.
Kraemer began his career at Murray State in 1986, and has been recognized for his teaching with university awards. His international presentations include invitations to China and Costa Rica to give lectures, meet with officials, and provide workshops and seminars for OSH professionals. In 2013, he received the national Spirit Award from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), which is given to an individual or organization that epitomizes the spirit and mission of NFSI to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls through education, research and standards development.
Kraemer earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.