NSC Recognizes 77th Annual Distinguished Service to Safety Award Winners

Since 1942, NSC has honored individuals with this prestigious award.

September 09, 2019

SAN DIEGO – The National Safety Council honored six individuals with its Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the highest award given to safety professionals by the Council. Recipients were honored at the opening session of NSC Congress and Expo in San Diego, the largest annual gathering of safety and health professionals worldwide.

“This year’s group of DSSA winners exemplify a true commitment to furthering safety and health excellence,” said Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO. “We are honored to recognize them for their work and hope they inspire others to make their own contributions to the field.”

Honorees are nominated by their colleagues and reviewed by NSC Division Committees. The following individuals were selected for recognition this year:

  • Michael Lee Ballard, deputy chief, air force occupational safety, United States Air Force
  • Darryl C. Hill, PhD., CSP, senior vice president, safety, FirstGroup America
  • Travis M. Parsons, associate director of occupational safety and health, Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Douglas C. Pontsler, chairman and managing director, COVE: Center of Visual Expertise
  • James M. Sievert, president/senior trainer, Sievert Safety Training LLC and NSCNNE
  • Donald D. Taylor, global health and safety, medical manager, Nexteer Automotive

More about the NSC awards programs can be found at nsc.org/awards.

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