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Worker safety: Does your CEO “get it”?

CEOs Who “Get It” is an annual recognition from the National Safety Council to organizational leaders who demonstrate a personal commitment to worker safety and health.

It doesn’t matter if your organization has 50 employees or 50,000. If you believe your leader should be recognized, fill out the form and tell us why.

Forms submitted by August 25, 2023 will be considered for 2024. Those recognized as CEOs Who “Get It” will be featured in Safety+Health magazine.

Click the link below to see the full list of 2022 CEOs Who "Get It", featured in the February 2022 issue of Safety+Heatlh.
https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/22214-nsc-presents-the-2022-ceos-who-get-it

Diversity in Safety Scholarship
The National Safety Council envisions building a workforce of occupational, safety and health professionals that represent all of the cultures and ethnicities represented in the workforce. To achieve this vision, the Diversity in Safety Scholarship from NSC helps support students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing safety as a career. The Diversity in Safety Scholarship provides the winner a $5,000 tuition award, renewable up to four years.
All Diversity in Safety Scholarship recipients are also provided the opportunity to attend the NSC Safety Congress & Expo at no cost, with access to technical sessions, keynote addresses, an Expo of over 1,000 exhibitors and networking events. The NSC Safety Congress & Expo is the world’s premier annual safety event, bringing together 14,000 occupational safety and health professionals from various industries.
Scholarship Rules and Guidelines
Eligibility
BIPOC individuals, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+ who are seeking post-secondary education leading to a career in environmental, health and/or safety.
Additional eligibility includes:

  • Students attending community colleges, technical programs, apprenticeships or bachelor’s degree programs within the United States (both in-person and online), enrolled full- or part-time; part-time candidates may receive a prorated award
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0
  • For those who are attending programs without EHS majors, at least 25 percent of course work each semester must be pursuing careers that are applicable to an EHS professional such as public health, engineering and other educational pursuits that relate to health and safety.


Application and Selection
To be considered, applications must be fully completed and submitted online.
At least one and up to three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application
Finalists will be notified in the Spring of 2023

  •   Finalists will be asked for additional information, verification of claims and to supply transcripts
  •  Finalists must pass a media review

NSC staff and volunteers will have access to the information provided on all applications


Award Information

  • Recipient will receive a check in the amount of $5,000, payable to the university/college
  • This award is renewable up to four years
  • The $5,000 award may be prorated if the recipient is not a full-time student
  • Recipient must sign an acceptance agreement stipulating use of funds for tuition


For more information about the NSC Congress & Expo, visit congress.nsc.org.

NSC Student Members
NSC student membership opportunities are made possible through funding by the National Safety Council and its members.  Click here to join NSC as a student member; there is no cost for membership. If you are a current student member and need assistance, contact CustomerCare@nsc.org or call 800-621-7619. If you are unable to become a student member because you have not yet been accepted into a program, please contact scholarship@nsc.org for assistance.
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NSC DE&I Commitment Statement
At NSC, we demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through our culture and our values. Our culture embraces all people regardless of ancestry, color, national origin, race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.* We boldly empower our team to model respect and dignity. We find impactful opportunities for growth and development. We create a safe environment that includes mental, physical, psychological, and emotional protections. To be NSC is to deliver our mission by working together — our employees, members, and stakeholders — in such a way that everyone feels a sense of belonging
We believe that you can’t be safe if you don’t feel safe. Feeling safe requires a commitment to equitable policy implementation and promoting diversity in the safety profession. We must cultivate our own diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment to deliver on our mission to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.

About the Women in Safety Scholarship
The NSC Women in Safety Scholarship helps support women pursuing safety as a career and promote safety as a career path for those women studying business or engineering.

The Women in Safety Scholarship is a cash award of $5,000, renewable for up to four years. In addition to the monetary award to be used for educational purposes, the Women in Safety Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the upcoming NSC Congress & Expo at no cost. For more information about the NSC Congress & Expo, visit congress.nsc.org.

For more detailed information on each scholarship, please see nsc.org/scholarships.
 

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 



2023 NSC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Safety Champion Recognition
NSC is taking action on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), with a commitment to recognize the importance of DE&I to workplace safety and health, and a pledge to help organizations identify and redress imbalances. To perpetuate DE&I in the safety community, the NSC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Safety Champion Recognition will be awarded to organizations with a proven commitment to DE&I within their safety culture. Recognized organizations will have incorporated DE&I safety initiatives into their culture and core business strategies through major business initiatives where they strive not only to ensure physical safety, but foster an environment where every employee feels secure, welcome and included.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Safety Champion Recognition honors three types of achievement each year:

  • Culture – DE&I embedded in organizational culture (The NSC Psychological Safety Perception Survey is required for this category)
  • People – Diversity within safety professional workforce
  • Program Innovations – Administration of a significant DE&I-related safety program
     

Organizations can apply or be nominated for recognition based on one of these three criteria.


Culture
Inclusion and psychological safety unlock the potential of a diverse workforce. Employee feedback is the most useful data source for measuring psychological safety – the main element being inclusion. NSC has developed an employee survey to gauge employee perceptions regarding psychological safety across key psychological safety dimensions and psychosocial risks to assess culture. Successful applicants will show how DE&I is embedded into their organizational cultures by administering the NSC Psychological Safety Perception Survey to employees. The Psychological Safety Perception Survey is required in order to be considered for recognition in the Culture category.
Click here for information about the NSC Psychological Safety Perception Survey.
Or copy and paste the link below into browser to access.
https://nscsurveys.co1.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsControlPanel/File.php?F=F_cPkhMS57Zgpia58


People
Diversity metrics are used to identify risk areas, prioritize, set program goals and measure the impact of initiatives. Applicants must either provide a summary of their organizational DE&I goals and how they are measured, or must describe specific initiatives taken by their organization that have resulted in increased diversity among safety professionals.
Program Innovations
Underrepresented identity groups in the workplace can create barriers to both physical and psychological safety, ultimately putting workers and the public at additional risk. Innovation is key to eliminating these risks. Applicants must describe the specific DE&I program innovations or initiatives their organization has integrated into the current safety management system, with details on the origin of the idea, how it has improved safety and how the organization recognized those championing the effort.

Click here for the FAQ sheet OR copy and paste the link below into browser to access.
https://www.nsc.org/getmedia/4903d7c0-5f78-4589-bd60-3a0dc17ad22f/dei-champion-faq.pdf
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NSC DE&I Commitment Statement
At NSC, we demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through our culture and our values. Our culture embraces all people regardless of ancestry, color, national origin, race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.* We boldly empower our team to model respect and dignity. We find impactful opportunities for growth and development. We create a safe environment that includes mental, physical, psychological, and emotional protections. To be NSC is to deliver our mission by working together — our employees, members, and stakeholders — in such a way that everyone feels a sense of belonging
We believe that you can’t be safe if you don’t feel safe. Feeling safe requires a commitment to equitable policy implementation and promoting diversity in the safety profession. We must cultivate our own diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment to deliver on our mission to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.

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.

To learn more about this award, click here.


To submit for this award, please log in and/or create a submittable.com account.  

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.

Click here to learn more about this award.


To submit for this award, please log in and/or create a submittable.com account. 

About the Congress & Expo Scholarship
The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's premier annual safety event, bringing together 15,000 safety, health, and environmental professionals from various industries. The 2023 NSC Congress & Expo will be held in New Orleans.  All scholarship recipients will be provided the opportunity to attend at no cost, with access to technical sessions, keynote addresses, an Expo of over 1,000 companies, and networking events. This is an invaluable opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet and learn from thousands of safety and health professionals. For more information about the NSC Congress & Expo, visit congress.nsc.org.

Click here for more detailed information about this scholarship.

NSC Student Members
NSC student membership opportunities are made possible through funding by the National Safety Council and its members.  Click here to join NSC as a student member; there is no cost for membership. If you are a current student member and need assistance, contact CustomerCare@nsc.org or call 800-621-7619. If you are unable to become a student member because you have not yet been accepted into a program, please contact scholarship@nsc.org for assistance. 

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