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The 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Goes to Dustin G. Richartz

DALLAS - (June 9, 2015) - The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce Dustin G. Richartz as the winner of  the 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his work  in developing safety and health programs throughout his career.

Richartz, senior loss control consultant with Denver-based Lockton Companies,   has developed environmental health and safety processes that have reduced Recordable Incident Rates and Lost Time Incident Rates. Additionally, he is an active ASSE member who has volunteered his time to the Professional Development Conference Planning Committee.

The award was announced today during ASSE’s Safety 2015, which runs June 7-10. More than 4,000 occupational health and safety professionals registered to attended the three-day professional development conference and exposition, aimed at offering the latest in products, trends, issues and  challenges facing the industry.

The Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Yearaward is given in honor of Edgar Monsanto Queeny, who was president of Monsanto on April 16, 1947, when the explosion of a French freighter destroyed Monsanto's Texas City plant, killing 512 people, including 145 Monsanto employees. The loss and devastation moved him to place even greater emphasis on safety in the company's operations.

It is in Mr. Queeny’s memory that Monsanto Company proudly supports the objectives of ASSE and sponsors the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award.

“I challenge each of you to take it upon yourselves to invest the time necessary to serve as a mentor for someone else,” said Richartz, MPH, CPS, to the audience. “You may be surprised at the benefit that you receive from that relationship. “


Founded in 1911, the Park Ridge, Illinois-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to


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