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Distinguished Service to Safety Award

  • NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the most prestigious award given to individuals by the National Safety Council, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. The award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to the field of safety.

    Candidates are nominated by the general public and NSC members, and reviewed by NSC Division committees. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 18-April 15.

    Candidates must have had a sustained impact on the safety movement at the local, national or international level that resulted in increased injury prevention. This may also include advancement of safety theory and research. Learn more here.

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    Meet the 2017 Distinguished Service to Safety Award Winners

    The 2017 Distinguished Service to Safety Award winners are:


    Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
    Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

    John Brodbeck II, CSP
    Mississippi Safety Services, Inc.

    Twana McFann
    Safety Technician
    City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities
    Occupational and Safety Department

    Steve Pomponi, CSP
    Senior Safety Consultant
    PSA Insurance & Financial Services

    Gary E. Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP
    Manager, Safety & Training
    Quanta Services, Inc.

    Nominations for the 2018 award are accepted starting in Feb. 18. For more information, please contact Sarah Van Huis at

    History of the DSSA

    The first Distinguished Service to Safety Award was presented in 1942 to recognize individuals and companies who significantly supported U.S. workers during World War II by reducing occupational injuries. The award was restructured into four levels in 1951, and then reinstated in April 1954 as the highest Council award to individuals. The Distinguished Service to Safety Award is presented annually at the opening session of NSC Congress & Expo.

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