NSC Marion Martin Award Honors Influential Women in Safety

NSC Accepting Nominations Through March 10

The NSC Marion Martin Award celebrates the accomplishments of women in safety who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way for other women in the profession. Recipients have distinguished themselves in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on the local, regional, national or international level. NSC will accept nominations for the 2019 Marion Martin Award until March 10.

Submit a Nomination

Learn more about the Marion Martin Award process. For more information, please contact Sarah Van Huis at [email protected]

Congratulations to the 2018 Marion Martin Award Winner

Linda F. Martin is the full-time faculty and online M.S. degree program coordinator at Keene State College Department of Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences. She also is a principal industrial hygienist with her own safety services, training and industrial hygiene consulting firm, KLME Martin Associates.

She has more than 28 years in the environmental health and safety profession, working in construction, general industry and consulting. She is a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She is president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, chair of the BCSP Foundation Board and a BCSP Ambassador to the safety profession. She is lead editor of the 11th Edition of the NSC Supervisors’ Safety Manual and had a peer-reviewed journal article published in ASSP Professional Safety magazine on mindfulness in the practice of safety.

Who is Marion Martin?

Marion Martin spent her life defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women. Her political career began in 1930, when she was elected to the Maine House of Representatives. She was re-elected to a second term, then won two terms in the State Senate, where she was the only woman and only non-lawyer on the Legal Affairs Committee.

Ms. Martin later became the first female head of a Maine state government agency. She served as the secretary of labor and industry from 1947 to 1962 and found a special delight in championing programs that encouraged women in the workplace. During her tenure and on the strength of her support, legislation involving equal pay for equal work, strong industrial safety, child labor and collective bargaining was passed.

In 1971, Ms. Martin was the first female awardee of the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award. NSC is proud to name this award after Ms. Martin. We look forward to continuing a recognition program that celebrates the accomplishments – against many odds – of women in the safety field.


From the industrial revolution to the present day, women have played a major role as safety pioneers. Marion Martin, Sarah Bagley, Frances Perkins, Elizabeth Dole and others have worked for more than 100 years to ensure women are equipped to be successful – and safe – throughout their careers.