About the Awards

Green Cross for Safety Awards

The National Safety Council Green Cross for Safety® awards recognize a variety of outstanding projects and organizations working to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, or on the road. Semifinalists and finalists are recognized in three categories: Advocate, Excellence and Innovation. Potential nominees are:

  • Corporations
  • Organizations
  • Coalitions
  • Collaborations
  • Researchers
  • Individuals

Learn more about the 2020 Award application. Review our tip sheet for more information.

2020 Green Cross for Safety Awards Postponed

Given the ever-changing landscape and unprecedented times we are facing, the Green Cross for Safety awards celebration will not be held on May 14 in Chicago as originally planned. We will reschedule to the fall of 2020 in conjunction with NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis. We are committed to continuing to provide an exceptional experience to our sponsors, award finalists and guests. We will continue to share more information as plans unfold and additional details are available. We appreciate your continued support of this special event.

Meet the 2019 Winners

Safety Excellence Award

Sponsored by Schneider

Nationwide took home the prize in the Excellence Award category, which recognizes the unrelenting pursuit of exceptional, transferrable safety practices. Learn why Nationwide earned the Excellence Award.

Safety Innovation Award

Sponsored by UPS

Schneider earned the Safety Innovation Award, which recognizes a transformative approach to a long-held challenge in safety.See why Schneider stands out in the Safety Innovation category.

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. Learn about the project that earned Progressive the award, Progressive's Agriculture Safety Days.

The winner in each category was announced and celebrated at the Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration May 16, 2019, in Chicago.

Learn more about the Green Cross for Safety awards and find out how your company can align its brand with NSC by supporting the Green Cross event at greencross.nsc.org.

Frequently Asked Questions


This list of FAQs further explains the Green Cross for Safety award process. Learn more.