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Noble Research Institute receives national safety award

Posted Nov. 9, 2015

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute received the National Safety Council's Million Work Hours award during a recent all employee meeting.

The award recognizes the Noble Research Institute's milestone of completing 1.39 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work. The Noble Research Institute accomplished this safety feat from October 2013 to September 2015.

"A safe work environment does not just happen," said Robert Williams, safety and risk manager. "You have to constantly provide education and training, and be vigilant in your efforts. Very few companies make 1 million hours with no lost-time injuries. It is extremely rare in the agriculture industry."

Safety is one of the Noble Research Institute's five core values. Noble Research Institute employees work in both field and laboratory settings, use various sizes of equipment and work with cattle. With this in mind, the Noble Research Institute provides more than 100 safety trainings throughout the year, ranging from hazard communication and emergency preparedness to working safely with chemicals and agriculture equipment.

"Our safety and health program has provided the leadership and training to make this award possible, but the entire Foundation, every single employee, absolutely contributed," said Bill Buckner, president and CEO. "Together, we are mindful that every task has a safety component, so we remain vigilant in our pursuit of the safest and healthiest work environment."

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National Safety Council's Million Work Hours awardOklahoma Safety Council Executive Director Dave Koeneke presents Noble Research Institute President Bill Buckner with the award.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

Robyn Peterson, Public Relations Coordinator
580-224-6294

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