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The National Safety Council recognizes outstanding advances in safety throughout the year through a variety of award programs – among the most prestigious are the Green Cross for Safety® Awards. Nominees and recipients demonstrate alignment with the NSC mission of saving lives from the workplace to anyplace.

The NSC Green Cross Safety Advocate, Safety Excellence, and Safety Innovation.

Green Cross for Safety Advocate

This award recognizes a community partnership, individual or coalition that has made a significant impact on a safety issue by advocating for proven or promising practices to raise awareness or change policy to prevent further injuries and deaths.

Nominations for Safety Advocate should have:  

  • Focused on change in one key area of safety 
  • Advocated for the use of evidence-based practices in their sphere of influence. If working with a promising practice, nominee should have helped evaluate the practice’s effectiveness. 
  • Succeeded in influencing change, such as changing legislation or behavior 
  • Planned for future advocacy in the chosen area 
  • Recognized its transferability and planned steps to share with others 



Green Cross for Safety Excellence

This award recognizes a corporation, coalition or organization that was relentless in its pursuit of safety.

Nominees in Safety Excellence should have:  

  • Identified an obstacle to eliminating preventable deaths or injuries 
  • Developed a solution to the problem identified 
  • Implemented the solution with significant measurable results 
  • Evaluated the solution and planned next steps 
  • Recognized its value to the safety community and planned steps to share with others 

Green Cross for Safety Innovation

This award recognizes a researcher, corporation, or organization that has achieved success addressing a long-held challenge in safety with a new or novel approach.

Nominees in Safety Innovation should have:  

  • Identified a long held obstacle to eliminating preventable injuries or deaths 
  • Developed a transformative approach to the problem identified 
  • Reviewed, researched or implemented the solution with significant measurable results 
  • Evaluated lessons learned and made recommendations for next steps for the approach 
  • Recognized its value to the safety community and planned steps to share with others 



NSC launched the Rising Stars of Safety in 2010 to highlight the achievements of the best safety professionals under the age of 40.

The Rising Stars of Safety is designed to reward those individuals who have a current role in safety, and have influenced their company’s safety culture and safety leadership. Companies are encouraged to nominate multiple candidates, but only one honoree per company can be chosen.
To be eligible for nomination, the nominee:

  • Must have been nominated by another
  • Can be based anywhere in the world
  • Must be under 40 years old as of October 31 of the receiving year
     

The criteria that will be used in evaluating nominations may include, but not be limited to:  


  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Led a safety initiative with measurable results
  • Engaged his or her peers around safety culture
  • Demonstrated a personal belief in safety to business operations



The National Safety Council may choose to recognize any number of Rising Stars of Safety in any given year. No one individual will win the award more than one time. Historically, the Rising Stars of Safety have been viewed as a “40 under 40” style award.

When considering a potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:

  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Nominators should spend time early in the process discussing the nomination process with the NSC Award Manager, who can serve as a coach.
  • Successful nominations include measurable, detailed descriptions and examples. Often, this means using a majority of the space available.
  • The nominator’s obligation to the nominee and the process includes preparing a professional nomination package. A nominator may inform and engage the nominee in preparing this submission.
  • Powerful, successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered with extraneous information and endorsements. 
  • All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form.
  • Nominators must never assure a nominee that the award is theirs without the approval of the NSC Award Committee.

Nominations must be made through third parties; self-nominations will not be eligible. All eligible Rising Stars nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation. A complete resume is required as part of the submission.

Final nominations must be submitted online by March 31, 2023

2023 Texas Our Driving Concern Employer Traffic Safety Awards Nomination Form

This award recognizes Texas employers who have demonstrated a commitment to transportation and driver safety that promotes a culture that actively promotes traffic safety on and off the job.
Employers who have created or implemented driving safety solutions and practices, programs or policies should apply for this award. Areas of focus may include any aspect of transportation safety targeted at employees,  the employees families, the community and contractors.

GUIDELINES:
Applicants / Texas employers will be judged on the basis of what their company is doing in terms of their driver safety program and transportation safety education and outreach within their company's safety culture focusing on driver behavior.
Each business application will be reviewed individually based on merit. Consistent and on-going as well as on and off the job considerations are key components.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Any Texas employer is eligible regardless of company type or size. 
  • Nominated company must have operations in Texas.
  • Nominator does not have to be an employee of the company being nominated. 
  • Previous award recipients are eligible for nomination.


DEADLINE:

  •  Applications must be submitted by March 17, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST

 AWARD CATEGORIES:

  • Exemplary Award Recipient  Employers who are exceptional due to their emphasis on transportation safety in the workplace and beyond in addressing driver behavior.
  • Award Recipient  Employers who make transportation safety a priority in their health and safety management system.
  • Honorable Mention  Employers that are worthy of recognition due to their efforts in the area of transportation safety.

 
BEST PRACTICES: Award recipients exemplify the highest standards of achievement in the field of employee education and outreach in the area of traffic safety and driver behavior. These programs can serve as models or standards of comparison for Texas employers developing or reviewing their own workplace traffic safety programs. In the spirit of sharing best practices in traffic safety, the nominated organization agrees that the National Safety Council and the Our Driving Concern program may use this information in future promotional material, on the web or in print.
 

The Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) is the most prestigious award given to individuals by the National Safety Council in recognition of outstanding service and contribution in the field of safety. The NSC Awards Committee has established the following guidelines to facilitate the nomination process for this award program.
Scope: The DSSA is designed to reward those individuals who have had a sustained impact on safety on a local, national, or international scope. The nature of the contribution should reflect exceptional service resulting in more effective or increased levels of injury and/or illness prevention, or assistance in furtherance of those goals. This may also include advancement of safety theory and research.
Nominees:
- Will be considered from members and nonmembers of NSC
- Eligible nominees will have at least twenty years of experience in a safety related field
- Active engagement in safety, either paid or unpaid, within the past five years
- Retirees are eligible to be nominated, within two year of their retirement
Criteria:
- Made impact on safety (international, national or local).  Impact can include affecting culture change around safety within an organization or locale; developing and implementing safety protocols previously lacking in an organization or industry; or public campaigns or advocacy with measurable success in affecting safety awareness and individual behavior.
- Made significant and outstanding contributions to safety.  Contributions can include innovations, research, or other academic pursuits impacting safety.
Nominator Guidance: When considering a potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:
- Self-nominations are not permitted
- The nominator’s obligation to the nominee and the process includes preparing a professional nomination package. A nominator may inform and engage the nominee in preparing this.  
- Powerful, successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered with extraneous information and endorsements.
- All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form.
- Nominators must never assure a nominee that the award is theirs without the approval of the NSC Award Committee.
- All eligible DSSA nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation.
- All criteria must be supported with metrics and appropriate documentation.


Deadline:  Final nominations must be submitted online by March 31, 2023.

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The NSC Marion Martin Award was established in 2016 to recognize and celebrate outstanding service and contributions in the field of safety by women.  The NSC Awards Committee has established the following guidelines to facilitate the nomination process for this award program.
Purpose: The purpose of the NSC Marion Martin Award is to recognize women who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have helped pave the way to success for other women in the profession. These women have distinguished themselves in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the local, regional, national or international level.
Scope: The NSC Marion Martin Award is designed to reward those women who have had a significant impact on other women in the safety field.  This award is designed to celebrate the career of women who have not only achieved professional excellence, but did so while encouraging other women to pursue a career in safety.
Eligibility: To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must be a woman, and may not be an active National Safety Council staff member, or member of the NSC Women’s Division Leadership Committee.
Deadline:  All submissions must be received by March 31, 2023.

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Application deadline is January 6, 2023 at 5pm Eastern

2023 Road to Zero  Community Traffic Safety Grants

Road to Zero Coalition:
Launched in 2016 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council, the Road to Zero Coalition has the goal of ending fatalities on our nation’s roads by 2050. Tens of thousands of people die on U.S. roads each year, with historic increases and growing number of deaths for people walking and biking. To address this devastating trend, the Road to Zero Coalition, made up of over 1,800 member organizations, brings together a cross-sector approach to implementing proven techniques, sharing important research and information, and advancing the conversation around transportation safety through its three pillar, multi-modal framework focused on:

  • Doubling down on what works through proven, evidence-based strategies
  • Advancing life-saving technology in vehicles and infrastructure
  • Prioritizing safety by adopting a Safe System approach and creating a positive safety culture


Road to Zero Grant Program:
The focus of the Road to Zero Community Traffic Safety Grant Program is focused on supporting innovative and promising approaches for implementing evidence-based countermeasures, supporting a Safe System approach, and performing necessary research to address traffic fatalities, disparities in mobility safety and access, and overall improve traffic safety. Learn more about the Road to Zero Grant Program and the work of previous grantees.

  • Proposals should demonstrate the promising nature of the countermeasure by describing the innovative implementation approach, citing the evidence of effectiveness or identifying how effectiveness will be evaluated, and/or discussing how the project fills a gap or addresses existing disparities in traffic safety.
  • Proposed projects should have measurable objectives and generalizable results. That is, projects should demonstrate innovative approaches that could be replicated in other locations or scaled up to a broader level.
  • Proposals from past Road to Zero grantees are acceptable. They may be for new projects or for additional innovations on the previous project (i.e. phase #2) but not a continuation of any current or previous project.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a Road to Zero Coalition Member 
  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization or other entity.  Individuals cannot apply.
  • Government Entities (cities, states, counties, governors’ safety offices, etc.) also qualify.
  • Proposed programs must operate within the United States.
  • Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations are also eligible. 

Funding

  • Organizations may apply for a one-year grant.
  • Supplanting is prohibited. "Supplanting" is defined as the "Use of Federal funds to support personnel or an activity that is already supported (paid for) by any other funds".
  • Proposals selected will be reimbursed for mutually agreed grant expenses.
  • Awarded grants are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Timeline

  • Grant applications are due by January 6, 2023 at 5pm Eastern 
    • Grants will be awarded beginning in Spring 2023.
    • Grant work will have expected completion date of on or before one year after the date of the award.

     

Reporting

  • Proposals selected will be required to submit quarterly reports and documentation showing objectives that have been met.    
    • Documentation will show objectives that have been met, time spent, and expenses incurred for grant activity.
    • Grantees will submit monthly invoices for reimbursement using guidelines set out by Road to Zero and the National Safety Council.
    • Grantees will be expected to have quarterly meetings with Road to Zero staff.
    • Grantees will be expected to submit a final report detailing the project and lessons learned.
    • Grantees will be expected to participate in promotional activities for the grant program and the funded projects including presenting on webinars and other meetings.
    • These grants are subject to the Federal funding requirements under CFDA #20.614.

     

Review Committee

  • All submissions will undergo a technical review by National Safety Council staff, and will then be forwarded to an external Review Selection Committee for consideration.
  • Committee members will include individuals such as business leaders, safety advocates, researchers, etc.
  • Individuals and/or organizations applying for grants will not be eligible to serve on the Review Selection Committee.
  • Final evaluation of the grant application will be composed of evaluation and scoring by the Review Selection Committee and National Safety Council staff. 

Award Information

  • $750,000 dollars will be disbursed per year (subject to NHTSA funding disbursement), and the requested amounts must be between $50,000 and $200,000.


Grant applications are due by 5 pm (Eastern time) January 6, 2023
If you have questions email us at roadtozero@nsc.org. National Safety Council and Road to Zero Coalition staff cannot comment or provide guidance on the strength or compatibility of a proposed project.

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