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 are accepted until May 6.

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.

Submit a Nomination

Meet the 2017 Distinguished Service to Safety Award Winners


The 2017 Distinguished Service to Safety Award winners are:

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

John Brodbeck II, CSP
President
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 [email protected].

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.

  • 2016 DSSA Winners

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

    Meet the Winners