ISHMIn 2010, the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) introduced the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) of the Year Award to annually recognize an individual who has excelled in their role as an aspiring safety manager. Due to the tremendous popularity of the program, the annual award has been expanded to include all ISHM certified professionals and is now known as the ISHM Safety Professional of the Year Award.

ISHM, in partnership with Westex, a flame resistant fabric manufacturer known for their uncompromising commitment to safety, administer the prominent award.  The Safety Management Professional of the Year Award recognizes a professional who has excelled in their role as a safety manager.  

“ISHM and Westex are pleased to announce the expanded award program that now offers this annual recognition to all the professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to safety by earning an ISHM certification,” stated Larry Curtis, CSHM, Executive Director of the ISHM.  “Nominations are accepted from July 1st through August 15th of each year.   The winner will be presented with a commemorative plaque, electronic device for streamlining their professional life and will have their travel expenses to the award ceremony subsidized.  The award will be presented in conjunction with the Westex venue at the National Safety Council Congress and Exposition this fall in Chicago.”

Safety Management Professional of the Year Award Nominee Qualifications

  • Possesses a current ASHM, CSMP or CSHM certification. 
  • Currently works in safety or a safety related field.
  • Has demonstrated exemplary performance above and beyond the scope of assigned responsibilities in ONE of the following areas:  

A. Brought about significant positive change in safety by developing or utilizing company safety practices, policies and procedures.

B. Demonstrated innovation and proactive leadership utilizing highly effective practices to inspire and lead others to practice safe work habits. 

C. Appreciated substantial cost-effectiveness through improvements to environmental safety and health policies, practices and/or programs that result in a safer workplace while supporting lean and green initiatives.

D. Building relationships/partnerships with others in the profession and/or community.

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About the Institute for Safety and Health Management

The Institute for Safety and Health Management is the premier credentialing organization founded to promote the establishment of standards and recognition of safety and risk management professionals.  Through the ISHM’s certification programs, Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), Associate Safety Health Manager (ASHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP), it promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of management.