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Innovate 2016

Keeping workers safe requires a dynamic mix of sound science, proven engineering principles and people skills. OSH professionals are constantly developing new ideas to address emerging hazards and combat legacy hazards, whether it’s launching a pilot training program that incorporates experiential learning, helping to develop a new mobile app or similar innovations. Recognizing that these creative solutions are essential to improving worker safety and influencing organizational performance, ASSE and Cintas are again partnering to present the ASSE Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management. With applications due April 8, ASSE recently spoke with James H. (Jim) Morris III, chair of the 5-member judging panel, about the award. Read the interview in Society Update.

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. This award will be presented annually.  Please see the award application for full submission details prior to the April 8, 2016 deadline.

The award will consist of a plaque and cash prize of $3,000.  The award is sponsored by the Cintas Corporation.  


Those eligible for the award include members and non-members of the Society.  See the application for further details regarding eligibility for the award:


  • Each applicant is responsible for submitting a complete and accurate submission package and must attest to the accuracy of its contents.
  • Applications judged to have considerable merit but that are not the winning application may receive “Honorable Mention” recognition at the discretion of ASSE.


The following criteria will be considered in the evaluation of the applications for the award, with specific weighting factors noted in the application:

  • The Range of application of the innovation in managing safety, including:
    • multiple programs
    • multiple work sites
    • breadth of applicability
    • degree of implementation
  • Management benefits. These may include:
    • efficiency improvements (e.g., time, cost)
    • solution to a safety management problem
    • improved decision making
  • Safety Benefit (s).  These may include:
    • safety program improvement
    • process improvement that affects the safety of an operation
    • direct reduction in accidents, injuries or fatalities
    • elimination or reduction in hazards
    • elimination or reduction in exposures
    • indirect safety benefits (e.g., improving safety knowledge/skills or awareness of the workforce)


Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2016.  The 2016 award will be presented at the June 2016 Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

—Peter Drucker


  • $3,000 cash prize
  • Engraved plaque presented at SAFETY 2016
  • Honorable mention recipients receive $500


April 8, 2016

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Dewey Whitmire
Director of Professional Development


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