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Distinguished Service to Safety Award

  • Celebrating its 75th year, the Distinguished Service to Safety Award is the most prestigious award given to individuals by the National Safety Council. This award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to the field of safety. Candidates are nominated by the general public and NSC members.

    To be eligible, 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.

    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 will be accepted starting in February. 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.

Nomination Form

Nominate someone for the Council's most prestigious award, the DSSA.

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  • Distinguished Service to Safety Award Winners

    ​​Learn about the individuals who were honored in 2016.

    Meet the Winners

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