2019 Safety Standout Awards are open. Apply here.


The EHS Daily Advisor Safety Standout Awards recognize companies and safety professionals who excel in making their workplaces safe. Awards are presented annually at the EHS Daily Advisor’s Safety Summit and Safety Culture conferences.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

Best Overall Safety Program/Culture Award: Dynamic Energy Services International, LLC (DYNESI)

Dynamic Energy Services International, LLC (DYNESI) is a full line energy service. DYNESI brings a seamless integrated solution to the client, assuming all the mission-critical scopes to ensure adherence to schedule and budget. Dynamic offers a broad spectrum of services across its four business units; while each is unique and stands alone in its particular business, each is supportive of the others and can, therefore, provide a fully integrated and commercially beneficial solution if required.

BLR’s Lifetime Achievement in Safety Award: Earl Blair, CSP

Earl Blair, CSP, is an associate professor of safety management and an award-winning author and teacher at Eastern Kentucky University. Blair has authored a number of articles in safety publications such as Professional Safety Journal and is a frequent speaker at national and international safety seminars. His research involves ways to improve safety performance through leadership, measurement, and education.

Innovations in Safety Training Award: Ingalls Shipbuilding

For 80 years, the employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding have pioneered the development and production of technologically advanced, highly capable warships for the surface Navy fleet, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and foreign and commercial customers. Ingalls Shipbuilding is the largest manufacturing employer in the state of Mississippi and a major contributor to the economic growth of the state of Alabama, as well.

Young Safety Professional Excellence Award: Technical Sergeant DéJayé A. Herrera

Technical Sergeant DéJayé A. Herrera is the occupational safety manager for the 704th Test Group, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Herrera transitioned into the safety profession in 2014, serving as a ground safety manager for the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Herrera is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force, the Airman Leadership School, and the Non-Commissioned Officer School, where she earned distinguished graduate honors. Herrera is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health.

Best Overall Safety Culture Award: King’s Seafood Company

King’s Seafood Company is privately held and has been “Delivering Great Seafood to America” for over 70 years. The organization goes above and beyond when it comes to creating a strong safety culture. They demonstrated that their safety program is equitable to all other company objectives and that safety is a top priority and often interwoven with other company initiatives.

Best Safety Committee: Valero Renewables–Albion

Valero Renewables–Albion is a biorefinery located in Albion, Nebraska. Its safety committee is comprised completely of non-management personnel. Currently, there are fourteen members, selected on a voluntary basis and representing all departments of the facility for a continuous term of one year. The Editorial Board was impressed by not only the excellent structure, obvious team spirit, and diverse functions described by Valero Albion’s safety committee, but also their unique ways of promoting safety engagement among workers.

Exceptional Progress Award: Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. The Editorial Board saw that the progress that Smith & Nephew has made in recent years with their safety efforts was undeniable. They noted that their greatest challenge was a familiar one for safety pros—ownership. But, the safety team at Smith & Nephew was up to the task.

Moving Beyond Compliance Award: City of Minneapolis Risk Management and Safety Committee

What stood out to the Editorial Board the most in the City of Minneapolis’s application was the Risk Management and Safety Committee’s efforts to promote safe behaviors in areas that extend beyond the workplace. In particular, their recognition of the need for a distracted driving policy led to a team effort that included more than 15 labor unions. The City also has shown a great effort toward understanding and addressing human factors in their safety programs, taking a serious look at ergonomic assessment in safety, and creating a comprehensive motor vehicle accident reduction plan.

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