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 The National Safety Council recognizes outstanding advances in safety throughout the year through a variety of award programs – one of the most prestigious being the Green Cross for Safety® Awards. Nominees and recipients demonstrate alignment with the NSC mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. 

The NSC Green Cross for Safety Awards honors three types of achievement each year: Safety Excellence, Safety Innovation and Safety Advocate. 

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 

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