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AWARD INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS

Safety & Health Awards Recognition
Each spring the NDSC presents awards to more than 60 members who experienced growth and success in their safety programs.

This year we are excited to be back having our annual banquet. This year’s banquet will be held on April 27 at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club.

Duane Kuehn Outstanding Safety Professional
One award is presented annually to an individual who has been instrumental in the development and implementation of safety programs, and honors those forward-looking individuals who, over the long-term, place safety and innovation at the forefront of their activities. Named after Duane Kuehn, who worked in the safety industry for 40 years and whose attitude and compassion demonstrate the characteristics of an outstanding safety professional, this award recognizes an individual within public safety who has gone above and beyond their daily duties and who exemplifies the mission of the NDSC.

This year’s deadline is January 31.

Send the nomination form and any other documents to kristinw@ndsc.org

Bruce Zelmer, Delivery Leader with Bartlett & West presents the 2020 Duane Kuehn Outstanding Safety Professional Award virtually to Kelly Gaer, Safety Manager with Bartlett & West.

AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

We have two NEW Awards this year! The Milestone award and the Future Safety Champion Award. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 4.

We will be handing out awards for the following categories:

CRITERIA:

A. Organizational commitment to health and safety.
B. Employee and employee family health and safety programs on and off the job.
C. Community engagement around safety and health.
D. Must be new and different from previous year.

Click here to apply for the Community Advancement Award. 

This award is given to safety professionals who have been on the job less than 5 years, but have demonstrated a noticeable commitment to the safety culture of their organization.

CRITERIA: 

Please attach a description of the nominee’s career accomplishments, as well as character and attributes, community involvement and dedication to safety.

Provide evidence supporting the nominee’s success as a safety professional, such as documented decrease in incident rates; number of people trained; programs implemented; obstacles they overcame to implement new programs (gaining support of upper management, acquiring additional funding, etc.); days/years without a lost time incident; or any other milestones reached during their career. Make sure to focus on the nominee, not the company.

Apply for the Future Safety Champion Award here. 

CRITERIA:

A. Awards may be granted to individuals who have saved the life of another person(s) or assisted an individual in a tragic situation.

B. Lifesaver Awards are awarded to the general public as well as North Dakota Safety Council members.

Click here to apply for the Lifesaver Award. 

This award is given to MEMBER organizations showing an Experience Modification Rate* (EMR) below 1.0 for 5 consecutive years.

CRITERIA

A. The awards will be based on an EMR below 1.0 for a minimum of 5 years in a row.
B. Applicant must submit documentation from ND WSI verifying their EMR.

If your organization is too small for WSI to calculate your EMR, call us (701-223-6372) to discuss other qualifications.

Apply for the Milestone Award here. 

CRITERIA:

DIVISION 1

A. Individual must have a minimum of 3 years experience operating company vehicle.
B. Individual must have driven a minimum of 100,000 miles incident free.
C. Provide documentation showing current cell phone and seatbelt policies.

DIVISION 2

A. Individual must have a minimum of 3 years experience operating company vehicle.
B. Individual must have driven a minimum of 500,000 miles incident free.
C. Provide documentation showing current cell phone and seatbelt policies.

Click here to apply for the SAFE Driver Award – Division 1 & 2 

CRITERIA:

A. Companies will be required to provide incidence rate from previous year and current year incidence rate.

B. The formula to determine your incidence rate is as follows:
Incidence Rate* = Total Recordable Cases x 200,000 ÷ Total Hours Worked by All Employees

*Incidence rate formula is equal to the total of all incidents recorded in columns G, H, I and J of the OSHA 300 log.

C. Submit a copy of your OSHA 300A.

D. Submit a summary describing steps taken to improve safety record and environment and how those steps directly affected the reduction in their OSHA Incident rate. Improvements must have taken place during the current award year.

Click here to apply for the Safety Improvement Award.

CRITERIA:

A. 50% of supervisors have been trained in supervisory safety responsibilities such as OSHA 30 or other standardized safety leadership training. Must upload documentation of all training

B. Provide documentation of monthly safety meetings (minimum of 12) in 2021 where information reached 80% of employees, in person or electronically. Documentation should include log of meeting topics, dates held, and rosters.

C. Provide documentation showing proof 90% of employees in non-administrative roles are trained in Hazard Recognition and Reporting.

D. Submit a description of PROACTIVE safety programs implemented in the award year.

E. Submit the company’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR)* from Workers Compensation insurance provider for the award year. Must be 0.9 or below to qualify.

F. Must provide total number of employees, including number of supervisors and number of employees in non-administrative roles.

*WSI refers to this as Experience Modifier (MOD) and industry terminology is Experience Modification Rate (EMR). Note that this should be a decimal number not a percentage.

Click here to apply for the Safety Management Excellence Award

CRITERIA:

DIVISION 1
A. Individual must have a minimum of 10 years experience operating company vehicle.
B. Individual must have driven a minimum of 250,000 miles incident free.
C. Provide documentation showing current cell phone and seatbelt policies.

DIVISION 2
A. Individual must have a minimum of 10 years experience operating company vehicle.
B. Individual must have driven a minimum of 1,000,000 miles incident free.
C. Provide documentation showing current cell phone and seatbelt policies.

Click here to apply for the STAR Driver Award – Division 1 & 2

CRITERIA:

A. Organizations or Individuals must have taught 10 NSC or OL courses, or made 10 presentations in 2021.

– OR –

B. Organizations or Individuals must have taught an NSC course or made an OL presentation to 150 students in 2021. This information can be obtained from the North Dakota Safety Council, if needed.

C. Submit copies of 5 evaluations. Once the award is submitted, the NDSC will review applications or evaluations to determine the impact the instructor has had on their students. This section not required for OL presenters.

Click here to apply for the Outstanding Safety Instructor award. 

CRITERIA:

A. The awards will be based on an EMR below 1.0.
B. Applicant must submit documentation from ND WSI verifying their EMR.

If your organization is too small for WSI to calculate your EMR, call us (701-223-6372) to discuss other qualifications.

Click here to apply for the Workplace Safety Merit Award 

Kristin Wilson
Director of Business Development and Marketing

dl: (701) 751-6115
ph: (701) 223-6372
tf: (800) 932-8890

kristinw@ndsc.org