The annual ASA Safety Award, sponsored by the ASA Safety Committee, recognizes ASA members that have shown they have gone above and beyond in the area of worker safety. Each year, the ASA Safety Committee recognizes three wholesaler/distributor member companies and three manufacturing member companies for their high level of worker safety. The applications for the 2019 reporting year are now being accepted and members can apply for the ASA Safety Award by completing the application form, which is available at The deadline for submittal is Aug. 12.

The ASA Safety Committee selects recipients based on the results of the previous year’s OSHA lost work data reporting using the OSHA form 300A, Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. The application process is simple and it only requires the completion of the application form and submittal of your company’s completed OSHA 300A report. 

The following highlight some of the benefits for applying for the award:

  • The award highlights your company’s efforts to achieve safety excellence while providing an opportunity to emphasize the importance of safety to your peer companies and your employees;
  • The information from the award applications helps the ASA Safety Committee to analyze member safety data and design future training and educational programs to help our members continuously improve; and
  • Award recipients will be recognized in the Supply House Times magazine, ASA Insights e-newsletter, on the ASA website and via an industry wide press release.

Rather than list even more benefits, I thought it would be beneficial to hear from two of the past recipients of the award:

“Safety is the number one core value at NIBCO,” says Rick Bryant, corporate compliance manager, NIBCO. “All NIBCO associates work very hard to complete their duties in a safe manner, not every day but every minute of every day. I believe they deserve the recognition for this great work with internal and external service awards such as the ASA Safety award.”

“Safety is a culture that starts at the top of every organization,” notes Bill Green, director of human resources and safety manager, Wolff Brothers Supply. “Our solid safety record at Wolff Bros. Supply has developed through many years of reinforcing safety behaviors at all levels. We believe the little things matter. Whether we are recognizing an employee in our company newsletter for submitting a safety suggestion, or displaying the ASA Safety Award recognizing our whole company, these consistent messages continue to promote the right culture. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of ASA and see so much value in the actions required to submit an application for this award among so many great companies. Competing for the award makes us better; receiving it is icing on the cake.”

Now is the time to apply! Be sure to go to the ASA website at to complete and submit the application to me, Jim Kendzel (, by Aug. 12 to be considered. 

Note:  If you are a safety/environmental health professional and your company is a member of ASA we would like to hear from you. ASA maintains a database of member companies’ safety/environmental health professionals and we use the mailing list to send safety specific information to those having an interest. To get your name on the list please contact Jim Kendzel at In addition, we are looking for ASA member safety/environmental health professionals to serve on the ASA Safety Committee. If you are interested, please let Jim Kendzel know.