Distinguished Service to Safety Award - National Safety Council

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 79th anniversary in 2021. 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.

The 2021 winners will be celebrated at the NSC Congress & Expo Oct.11 in Orlando. Candidates for 2022 will be accepted through March 6, 2022, and will be celebrated at the 2022 NSC Congress & Expo.

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 and submit your nominations.


Meet the 2021 Distinguished Service to Safety Award Winners

  • Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • William Bozzo, general manager, training and safety services, DEKRA Services
  • I. David Daniels, Ph.D., CSD, VPS, president and chief executive officer, ID2 Solutions, LLC
  • Dr. Marilyn Huestis, professor, Thomas Jefferson University 
  • Anthony Militello, director, environment, health and safety, 737 Program, delivery operations and total quality, The Boeing Company
  • David Payton, regional director, environment, health and safety, Ericsson Inc. 
  • Frederic Rine, CSP, chief executive officer and founder, FDR Safety, LLC 


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.