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The 2014 ASSE Safety Innovation Award Goes to Ali Hasan Al-Failakawi
|By Business Wire
|June 10, 2014 12:19 PM EDT
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today named Ali Hasan
Al-Failakawi the winner of the 2014 Award for Innovation in
Occupational Safety Management for implementing a road safety program
that helped reduce motor vehicle accidents. The Award for Innovation in
Occupational Safety Management was sponsored by the Cintas Corporation
(NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of on-site safety services and
training solutions. Cintas awarded Al-Failakawi a $3,000 cash prize and
a plaque recognizing his efforts.
Al-Failakawi is an occupational safety and health team leader for the
Kuwait Oil Co., a giant oil and gas utility with more than 30,000
employees who travel more than 5 million miles monthly. He is also a
member of ASSE, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Kuwait
Engineers Society. Al-Failakawi and his team also took the challenge of
initiating a program to promote safe driving.
“We’re truly inspired by the unique strategies and programs that
organizations have implemented in an effort to improve workplace
safety,” said Kathy A. Seabrook, ASSE President. “Al-Failakawi and his
team stood out for their dedication to promote safe driving whether
employees were working or off the clock.”
To develop the program, the team created a process called
“SPEED-Management.” SPEED is an acronym that describes a
multi-directional approach covering the following areas: Surveillance,
including fleet controls, prevailing driving practices, etc.; Policies,
suitable, appropriate; Engineering approach and solutions; Enforcement
of rules/regulations; and Driver awareness program.
“Every organization should make ongoing safety a priority and this award
highlights the best programs and tools of today,” said Dan Braun, Safety
Officer at Cintas [Senior Vice President-Value Improvement
Initiatives-Operations]. “We hope the ideas from the winner and
honorable mentions encourage organizations to analyze their current
safety programs and identify ways they can take them to the next level.”
Honorable mentions for the award developed tablet apps for assessing
machine hazards, personalized e-learning programs, behavior-based safety
approaches and more. The honorees include: John Bennett, M.C. Dean; Todd
Christenson, State of Minnesota Department of Administration Risk
Management; Jose Rafael Concepcion, Lydall Thermal Acoustical Inc.,
Michael Dardar, Blackhawk Specialty Tools, LLC.; Ryan Kamerzell,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Dennis Marolt, DPM Safety
Consulting, LLC.; Andrew McLaughlin, The Kellogg Company; David Nadeau,
Aristeo Construction Company; Kevin O’Donnell, NextEra Energy Resources,
LLC.; Kenneth Phillips, 86 Airlift Wing Safety; Fred Satterlee, Abbott
Laboratories; Deborah Stepansky, The Hershey Company; Jamey Wheeler,
Montana State Fund; Clint Wolfley, URS Corporation; and Ken Woodlin,
Walmart Stores, Inc.
The award was presented during Safety 2014, ASSE’s annual professional
development conference that runs through June 11. More than 4,000
occupational safety and health professionals are attending the three-day
conference and exposition, that each year debuts and examines the latest
in workplace safety products, trends, issues and challenges within the
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services and document management
services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
About American Society of Safety Engineers:
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines-based ASSE is the oldest professional
safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and
the environment. Its more than 36,000 occupational safety, health and
environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and
consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in
all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more
information please go to www.asse.org.
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