August 16, 2002

Wheaton honored by national group

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Campers and staff pose for a picture during the final day of this summer’s Camp Sugar Falls, a camp for children with diabetes and their siblings. (photos by Dana Johnson)

Robert F. Wheaton, Vanderbilt’s director of Environmental Health and Safety, was recently named Member of the Year of the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Division of the National Safety Council (CSHEMA).

Presented at the annual meeting in Toronto, the award is for quality contributions to the Campus Safety Division as well as outstanding accomplishments on the person’s home campus or towards improved campus health, safety and environmental management internationally.

Coming to Vanderbilt in 1998, Wheaton has reorganized the Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) function to become a customer-focused, service organization. VEHS delivers quality radiation safety, biological safety, hazardous materials management, hospital/clinic safety compliance, and occupational safety and training programs to the entire Vanderbilt community.

Wheaton holds an adjunct faculty appointment as an instructor in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Occupational Health program and is president of the Middle Tennessee Section for the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Vanderbilt’s Web site,, won first place in the Home Page Program at the annual meeting. Wheaton and Webmaster Melanie Byers accepted the award for Vanderbilt.