Award highlights NSF’s 68 years of support for the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, an independent global organization that has been developing national public health standards for more than 68 years, received the Environmental Health Sciences Partnership Award from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health (UM SPH), Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) department. The award was presented to NSF International at the department’s 125th anniversary event in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For nearly seven decades, NSF has supported the School of Public Health through sponsoring EHS student internships in NSF International’s Toxicology and Risk Assessment departments. NSF also provided a $2 million endowment in 2009 to establish the NSF International Department Chair in Environmental Health Sciences. This gift reflects NSF’s heritage in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and allowed NSF to pay tribute to the department that started NSF’s public health and safety mission.

NSF International (then the National Sanitation Foundation) was founded in 1944 at the UM SPH to develop the first national standards for commercial foodservice equipment. The standards addressed issues of environmental health, safety and hygiene.  NSF founders Dr. Henry F. Vaughan, Walter F. Snyder, and Dr. Nathan Sinai all were affiliated with the UM SPH before coming together to create a consensus-based process for developing national sanitation standards.   Now an independent public health organization, NSF has developed more than 75 public health and safety American National Standards for a wide range of products including drinking water treatment and distribution, foodservice equipment, dietary supplements and many other products.

NSF also has worked with the UM’s EHS department on a number of laboratory projects and collaborations. NSF President and CEO, Kevan P. Lawlor, currently serves on the School of Public Health’s Dean Advisory Board.

"We are honored to receive this Partnership Award from the University of Michigan’s Environmental Health Sciences department," said NSF President and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor. "NSF International’s founders had a vision to create an organization whose mission was to protect and improve human health and in fact, NSF was born from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  While now independent, NSF’s success in advancing this mission would not have been possible without the strong, ongoing support from and partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  We look forward to many years of continued collaboration as we work together toward our mutual goals of advancing public health."

"As the current NSF International Department Chair in Environmental Health Sciences, I have had the privilege to work with environmental health experts at NSF International toward our shared mission of improving environmental health," said Dr. Howard Hu, Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

NSF International continues to make contributions to environmental and public health today through its auditing, training, testing and certification services in the environmental, food, water and consumer goods sectors. Additionally, the NSF Sustainability division provides testing and verification of environmental claims for consumer products, green chemistry, sustainable furnishings and building materials such as carpet, flooring and fabrics. NSF also provides process verification services, which include greenhouse gas verification, environmental footprinting, and environmental management systems registrations.

For additional information about NSF International environmental and public health services, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.