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Through this award, we recognize outstanding achievement in the profession and acknowledge service to the American Society of Safety Professionals over a five-year period.

What Is the ASSP Safety Professional of the Year Award

The Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award is awarded annually to an ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field while also advancing the OSH profession overall.

The award is named for Edgar Monsanto Queeny, who exhibited unwavering commitment to workplace safety after a tragic industrial explosion in the late 1940s destroyed Monsanto's Texas City plant, killing 512 people, including 145 employees.

The tragedy moved him to place a greater emphasis on safety in the company's operations. To this day, the firm's safety record reflects his deep personal commitment to protecting workers.

Through this award, Monsanto Company proudly supports our members efforts to create safe work environments that will lead to a safer, stronger future.

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Honoree Benefits

The Safety Professional of the Year Award is presented at our annual Professional Development Conference. Each recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium and an engraved statuette.

Nominee Requirements

All ASSP chapters, regions, practice specialties and common interest groups are highly encouraged to nominate their members for the ASSP Safety Professional of the Year Award. Individuals may also self-nominate. Eligibility requirements encompass an individual's expertise, industry and ASSP involvement, previous awards, leadership and endorsements.

Submission Process

ASSP’s Technical and Professional Recognition Committee selects the award recipient. Submit your nomination package as a single PDF file to ASSP’s Professional Affairs staff by Nov. 1. Petition and attachments (e.g., letters, forms, table of contents) cannot exceed 37 pages.

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