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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 to success 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 4. For more information, please contact Sarah Van Huis at [email protected]
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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.
Linda 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, and she holds numerous safety industry credentials.
Linda is the 2018 president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, chair of the BCSP Foundation Board and a BCSP Ambassador to the safety profession. She is the lead editor of the 11th Edition of the National Safety Council Supervisors’ Safety Manual, published in June 2018. Linda also had a peer-reviewed journal article published in ASSP Professional Safety magazine in August 2018 on mindfulness in the practice of safety.
Marion Martin spent her life defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women in a multitude of arenas. 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.
Nominate a woman who has achieved professional excellence in the safety field for the Marion Martin Award.
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