Call for Applications

ASSE Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management

The Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management recognizes those who bring innovation and creativity to managing safety in the workplace. The award will be presented annually. ASSE invites you to submit an application in accordance with the following policy and procedures.

The recipient will receive an engraved plaque at the Society’s annual Professional Development Conference, SAFETY 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3-6, 2018, as well as a $3,000 cash prize. Applications judged to have considerable merit but that are not the winning application may receive “Honorable Mention” recognition at ASSE’s discretion. Up to five Honorable Mention applications may be approved and each will receive $500.


All applications must be submitted online. A complete application will consist of four parts:

  1. Application form
  2. Description of the Innovation
  3. Biographical Information
  4. Reference Information


Online Submissions
Multiple Submissions

An individual may submit no more than two applications. Applications must be complete and represent the work of the applicant. Complete a separate online application form for each proposed innovation.

Length of Materials Submitted

Except where noted, no specific minimum length is required. In general, the online application materials should not exceed 20 pages.

Other Sources

Innovative applications derived from other sources, such as a management theory or practice, are eligible for consideration. The source should be cited and the description of the innovation must explain how use of the source is innovative. If an application/software developer is involved with the project, cite the name of that organization or person and explain their role.


Judges will be appointed in accordance with procedures approved by ASSE’s Board of Directors.

Applications will be evaluated for their overall innovativeness and degree of effectiveness in accordance with the following weighted factors:

  • The range of application of the innovation in managing safety (20%)
  • Management benefits of the innovation (40%)
  • Safety benefit(s) attributable to the innovation (40%)

The judges will evaluate the applications and recommend the winning application in their discretion guided by the weighted factors above, and forward their recommendation for the award to Society leadership for approval.


The winning applicant will be notified by telephone and in writing once judging is approved. Those selected for honorable mention will be notified in writing. All applicants will be notified by May 4, 2018.


Submit applications online no later than March 30, 2018.


❑ Online Application Form 
❑ Description of the Innovation (No PowerPoint presentations accepted)

Describe the innovation and its intended purpose. Explain in general its effects on the organization, particularly the effect on safety management. In particular:

  • Specify the range to which the innovation has been or is intended to be applied. This may include whether one or more programs or work sites are affected, the size of the workforce to which the innovation applies and the overall breadth of applicability. Note whether the innovation is fully implemented and, if not, to what extent it has been implemented.
  • Describe the innovation’s management benefits. These may include efficiency improvements, problem resolution or improved decision making. If the innovation was implemented to solve a problem, then include a concise statement of the problem and how it was solved or otherwise addressed by the innovation. To the extent possible, include quantitative data outcomes that substantiate the benefit.
  • Describe the innovation’s safety benefits. This may include specific safety outcomes, such as reductions in injuries and/or fatalities, or elimination of hazards or exposures. Other potential benefits may include improvements such as making a process safer, improving program effectiveness, or building the safety knowledge or awareness of the workforce.
  • In addition to the description above, provide a brief description of your innovation for public release (approximately 50 to 100 words).
❑ Biographical Information

Applicants must provide the following on a separate page with the online application: a single sheet with the applicant’s full name as it appears on the application form and the following additional information: education [name of institution, degree(s) held]; current position and organization; a summary of work experience as it might apply to the innovation for which the application is submitted. Do not include information over and above that specified (such as a multiple-page resume or cv).

❑ Reference Information

The online application must include at least two and no more than five reference statements from individuals who can corroborate that the innovation is the applicant’s work. The statement should comment on the innovation’s applicability and effectiveness in managing safety. Appropriate references include supervisors, colleagues or other individuals with knowledge of the innovation. Reference statements should be no more than two pages in length, and should contain the signature of the individual making the statement and his/her contact information (telephone number, postal and e-mail addresses). Include the reference statements with the online application.


"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old."

—Peter Drucker

Award Winner

Safety 2017 Innovation Award Winner - Sam Horseman Video


  • $3,000 cash prize
  • Engraved plaque presented at SAFETY 2018
  • Honorable mention recipients receive $500


March 30, 2018

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Dan McNeill
Director, Professional Development


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