The National Safety Council has selected University of Iowa student Theresa McCollom as a member of the 2015 class of “Rising Stars of Safety.” The designation honors 40 professionals below the age of 40 from a variety of backgrounds who promote continuous safety improvement in their organizations.
Ms. McCollom, a graduate student in the UI College of Public Health’s industrial hygiene program, is employed as EHS coordinator at the Cargill Corn Plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. According to the National Safety Council, McCollom served as team leader of the Confined Space Subject Matter Expert Team.
“Her leadership efforts effectively and efficiently distributed tasks to team members, which researched governing bodies to develop procedures, compiled personnel protective equipment requirements, utilized outside resources to produce training material for immediate use by adopting sites, and finally composed rollout material for an audience of approximately 600 people at the Annual Syngenta Corn Division Meeting. This also included optional requirements such as site confined space rescue teams, and local fire department involvement. This enabled all Syngenta Corn Division sites to implement a fully compliant confined space entry program.”