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.
Purpose: The purpose of the DSSA
is to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals in the field of safety
and/or who have expended considerable efforts through service to safety. The award should also
inspire others to expend the time and effort necessary to accomplish such
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.
Eligibility: To be eligible for
nomination, the nominee must have accomplished at least one of the following:
an 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 measureable success in
affecting safety awareness and individual behavior.
significant and outstanding contributions to safety. Contributions can include innovations,
research, or other academic pursuits impacting safety.
Criteria: The criteria that will be
used in evaluating nominations may include, but not be limited to:
of the activity/activities
of the activity/activities
and long-term dedication to injury and illness prevention
affiliation and recognition
community or other distinguishing efforts that merit consideration
least one and no more than three letters of recommendation
Recipient: The nature of the
contributions implied by the DSSA limits a single individual to receiving this
award only once in his or her lifetime. This restriction is not intended to
limit the breadth of contributions that an individual can make, but rather to
emphasize the value of the DSSA.
Quantity: The nature of excellence implied by the
DSSA requires a limit on the quantity of awards distributed in a single
calendar year. All nominators should carefully consider the need to assure the
award is given in limited quantity and submit candidates most
qualified. Industry groups, referred to as Divisions, are limited to one
honoree per division per year.
Nominator Guidance: Nominating individuals
for the DSSA Award is an achievement in and of itself. When considering a
potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:
should spend time early in the process discussing the nomination process
with the NSC Award Manager, who can serve as a coach and mentor.
- 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
successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered
with extraneous information and endorsements.
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.
must never assure a nominee that the award is theirs without the approval
of the NSC Award Committee.
must be made through third parties; self-nominations will not be eligible. All
eligible DSSA nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of
criteria must be supported with metrics and appropriate documentation.
Deadline: All nominations must
follow the DSSA guidelines. Final nominations must be submitted online by May 5, 2017.