Chris Knutson is a lab director at IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering.
Friday, April 19, 2024
Chris Knutson

The University of Iowa's Laboratory Safety Committee has recognized Chris Knutson, lab director at IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, with the Excellence in Safety Award – Individual Recognition. Knutson manages laboratories for graduate research. 

"Your dedication to safety not only protects individuals but also contributes to the overall success of our research endeavors," the award notice states. "Your award is a testament to your commitment and leadership."

Knutson was nominated by a colleague, Rachelle Justice, for his "dedication, proactive approach, and commitment to maintaining a safe laboratory environment."

  • Proactivity and Preparedness: Your proactive mindset and continual communication with EHS throughout the year ensures that questions or potential safety hazards are addressed promptly. Your thorough preparation for extensive walkthroughs of the laboratory space demonstrates your commitment to safety.
  • Balancing Precision and Communication: During your walkthroughs of the laboratory space, you strike an impressive balance. Some issues are immediately resolved while with others you will take the time to explain the necessary changes to researchers. Your ability to articulate the "why" behind these changes fosters understanding and encourages active participation in compliance improvements.
  • Effective Oversight: Managing a significant number of people, locations, and ongoing research is no small feat. Your leadership ensures that safety protocols are consistently followed, leading to better compliance for all.