The Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award, or “Society SPY,” is conveyed annually to recognize an occupational safety and health (OSH) professional who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the OSH field while making significant contributions to advancing the OSH profession. The recipient of the award is selected by ASSE’s Technical and Professional Recognition Committee.

All ASSE Chapters, Regions, Practice Specialties and Common Interest Groups (including the COPS SPY) are highly encouraged to nominate their SPYs. See this timeline for more information. Individuals may also self-nominate.


Petitions must be postmarked by November 1st or emailed as a PDF to by November 7th.



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About the Society SPY

Edgar Monsanto Queeny, third president of Monsanto Company and son of the company’s founder, saw first-hand the tragedy that can result from an industrial accident – perhaps more than any other chief executive in the history of American industry. Mr. Queeny was president of Monsanto on April 16, 1947, when the explosion of a French freighter destroyed Monsanto's Texas City plant. The explosion killed 512 people, including 145 Monsanto employees.

Mr. Queeny was appalled by what he saw as he viewed the destruction. A short time later, he wrote a report to employees and shareholders describing what he had seen. It was, as a national news correspondent put it, "a masterpiece of restrained agony." The loss and devastation moved him to place even greater emphasis on safety in the company's operations. The firm's enviable safety record to this day reflects Edgar Monsanto Queeny's deep personal commitment to protecting workers from industrial accidents and health hazards.

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.


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