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Applications for the 2022 Governor's Workplace Safety Awards are now available! Click here to begin your application!

The annual Governor's Workplace Safety Awards (GWSA) provide recognition for companies based on best practices for eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses, and salute employers who have made safety and health a top priority.

  • The Governor's Workplace Safety Awards are competitive awards. If your company is interested in being recognized, you must submit an application addressing all appropriate questions. Applications will be evaluated by members of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Indiana Department of Labor’s INSafe consultation division.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award category is a newly added recognition for organizations and companies in Indiana. The award highlights an organization that has positively impacted employee safety and health or demonstrated proactive measures to improving the workplace safety and health culture. This is also a fairly new award category, first awarded in 2016.

Innovation Award

An Innovation Award may be given to companies or worksites that implement new or unique approaches and strategies aimed at enhancing employee safety and health.

Innovation Awards have been given for the following:

  • Small-sized Company (Less than or equal to 100 employees at location)
  • Medium-sized Company (101 to 499 employees at location)
  • Large-sized Company (More than 500 employees at location)
  • Specialty Contractor
  • Construction and General Industry

Education & Outreach Awards

Education & Outreach Awards have been based on Internal and External divisions. Education & Outreach Internal Awards go to companies or worksites who've demonstrated excellence in development and sharing of safety best practices within the organization. Education & Outreach External Awards recognize companies or worksites that implement incident prevention educational activities to an outside group or party.

Education & Outreach Awards have been given for the following:

  • Small-sized Company (Less than or equal to 100 employees at location)
  • Medium-sized Company (101 to 499 employees at location)
  • Large-sized Company (More than 500 employees at location)
  • Construction and General Industry (for all divisions)
  • Internal and External

Partnership Award

Partnership Awards recognize companies or worksites that emphasize activities in which the organization has joined with another external group to promote injury and illness prevention.

Partnership Awards have been given for the following:

  • Small-sized Company (Less than or equal to 100 employees at location)
  • Medium-sized Company (101 to 499 employees at location)
  • Large-sized Company (More than 500 employees at location)
  • Construction and General Industry