Apply Now for 2017 Innovation Award

ASSE and Cintas are partnering again in 2017 to present the Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management, which recognizes those who bring innovation and creativity to managing workplace safety.

According to Cintas, its partnership with ASSE on this award was a perfect fit. “Because ASSE and Cintas share many of the same values, we saw ASSE as a natural business partner to help us share our message and mission of identifying innovative solutions to improve safety,” say Rick Gerlach, Cintas’s senior director of safety and health.

Gerlach says that Cintas uses innovation to engage its employees in continuous improvement. “Our management teams do not have all of the answers,” he says. “It is important to involve our frontline employees in determining and implementing solutions that position them to be safe, efficient and successful in performing their roles.” Better engagement leads to greater employee ownership of safety and better information exchange. “Our employees know that their managers care deeply about their safety and health, a belief that is reinforced when innovations that originated from our employees are implemented in their workplaces,” he explains.

The application deadline is April 7, 2017. The award will be presented at Safety 2017 in Denver, CO, and the winner will receive a plaque and $3,000; honorable mention recipients will receive $500.

Visit the Innovation Award website to learn more about award criteria, find application forms and read about past winners.