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Monday, 3 June, 2019 - 16:45
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Safety Institute of Australia honours Mike Capra with

the Harold Greenwood Thomas Award

On Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at the SIA National Health and Safety Conference Dinner in Sydney, University of Queensland Emeritus Professor Mike Capra was presented with the Harold Greenwood Thomas Award for his outstanding contribution to the aims of the Institute.

Harold Greenwood Thomas is an important founder of the Institute and a major influence on professional Occupational Health and Safety in Australia. The rarely awarded honour and medal is for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the aims of the Institute and OHS.

Professor Mike Capra has contributed to the science of safety through developing the OHS Body of Knowledge as an open resource and the basis of tertiary program accreditation and professional OHS Certification within Australia. He chaired the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board from 2011-2018. He was also the architect of University of Queensland's OHS undergraduate and masters’ programs and the graduate diploma at QUT and supervised 17 successful PhDs. Internationally he has led key OHS projects and research in developing countries like Vietnam, Mozambique, Fiji, Malaysia and Samoa. His own research includes such diverse areas as organophosphate pesticide exposure, smoking, manual handling and outdoor music festivals.

Mr. Kym Bills, Chair of the SIA College of Fellows presented Mike with his award to formally acknowledge his outstanding service to the health and safety profession.