Fatality Notice: IHSA has learned of two separate fatalities this week: One involved a millwright and the other a utility employee. One workplace fatality in any year is one too many, regardless of the sector, industry, or occupation. Please pause all work for a safety moment and re-establish a commitment to the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Safe Worker Award

Safe Worker Award

IHSA established the Safe Worker Award Program for employers to recognize the health and safety performance of their employees. It's a symbol of your company's commitment to health and safety.


Benefits of the Program

  • Demonstrates the importance of working safely
  • Demonstrates the company's appreciation of a job well done
  • Builds confidence in individuals and gives them confidence in the company
  • Shows customers and other companies the quality of service you provide
  • Documents the employee's and the company's history of safety
  • Improves employee morale

Eligibility Criteria

If an employee works for a full calendar year (January 1 to December 31) without a compensable incident, he or she is eligible for the Safe Worker Award.

For the first year, workers must have been full-time employees for at least 75% of the year. There are two exceptions to this rule:

  • An authorized company leave of absence or a layoff, and
  • An illness or injury that prevents the person from working.

For more information, download the Safe Worker Award brochure.

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