Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration

2019 Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration

Nearly 500 safety executives and community leaders from a variety of industries attended the Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration at the Swissotel in downtown Chicago on May 16, 2019. The annual event raised nearly $750,000 for the National Safety Council mission of preventing injuries and saving lives, including raising public awareness of the opioid epidemic, helping to reduce motor vehicle crashes and improving safety practices in workplaces all across the country.

Guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, a spirited live auction and awards presentation. The program featured an inspiring survivor advocate speaker and highlighted the life-saving work taking place at NSC.

The NSC Green Cross for Safety Awards recognize outstanding achievements in safety through three distinct awards: Safety Advocate, Safety Excellence and Safety Innovation.

Safety Excellence Award

Sponsored by Schneider

Nationwide Earns Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes the unrelenting pursuit of exceptional, transferrable safety practices. Nationwide established the Substance Use Response Plan, which educates leaders and associates, helps keep the Nationwide workplace safer and substance-free, and helps moderate the benefit expense for the company and associates. The Substance Use Response Plan features monthly training to enable leaders to recognize impairment in the workplace and innovative activities for associates, such as providing drug destruction bags. Associates found to be impaired at work are given the option for treatment rather than terminated. Program results have been outstanding. Since 2015, 100% of associates who have successfully completed the two-year follow-up program have maintained sobriety. These methods, Nationwide’s policies, creative materials and response plan have been shared widely at no cost to other employers in the area through the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance.

Safety Innovation Award

Sponsored by UPS

Schneider earned the Safety Innovation Award, which recognizes a transformative approach to a long-held challenge in safety. In 2006, Schneider became the first large-scale employer to create a program that effectively and efficiently identifies drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea and gets them the critical treatment needed to improve their health and safety. Internal risk-analysis indicates fatigue-related incidents improved by 44%. Schneider recognized a 30% increase in retention above the fleet average for drivers being treated, and health care costs savings in excess of $300 per treated member per month.

Safety Advocate Award

Sponsored by FirstGroup

Progressive Agriculture Foundation earned the Safety Advocate Award, which recognizes the advancement of evidence-based best practices to raise awareness or change policy to prevent further injuries and deaths. Recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, Progressive Agriculture Foundation's Progressive Agriculture Safety Days provide education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. The organization has impacted more than 1.7 million children and adults since 1995.

In 2017, the program was revitalized over 18 months, thanks to project funding by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health grant. The Creating Enduring Resources for Farm Safety Education project assisted with the creation of more than 25 digital resources to help trainers with prop development and utilization. Training materials were developed in the following topic areas: disability awareness, power take-off, rollover and seatbelts, animal safety, water safety, grain safety, ATV safety, hearing safety, silage safety, sun safety, personal protective equipment and reflectivity. In 2018, nearly 400 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days were offered in 38 states, eight Canadian provinces and the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

Congratulations to all 2019 Green Cross award winners.

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