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Paul Thurber (left) and Nathan Berry (right) presented the 2023 Safety & Health Innovation Award to Eric Gist (center).

AIST Safety & Health Innovation Awards

►Submit Application - Deadline for all entries is 31 October.
►Award Recipients

History and Purpose

Sponsored by the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee, these two awards were established in 2019 to celebrate the best in iron and steel industry leadership. The annual awards will honor those individuals who have created value for their organizations through their vision, leadership, creativity, innovation and effectiveness in safety and health. 

As information technology transforms every element of the competitive landscape, inherent in each award is the assumption AIST members will demonstrate measurable successes.  The Safety & Health Innovation Awards are open to all AIST members.

Award Categories

Applicants may submit an entry in either or both of the Safety and Health categories. Only completed projects or initiatives for which measurable results have been obtained will be considered.


This category assesses safety initiatives resulting in improvements in conditions, process, product and procedures. These safety initiatives could include the successful application of a new safety product, the redesign of equipment to reduce injuries, or a change in process and procedures leading to a safer work environment in the iron and steel industry. 


This category assesses health initiative resulting in improvements in the health of employees. These improvements could include unique sampling initiatives, reductions in health relates issues, wellness initiatives, off-the-job health efforts, or the redesign of equipment and/or processes to improve the environment and subsequently the health of the employee working in the iron and steel industry.

Selection Process

A distinguished panel of experts in the iron and steel industry will judge all entries on the following criteria:

  • Role of the applicant in designing and implementing the initiative.

  • The initiative’s impact on the safety of on the plant, equipment, people or processes.

  • Internal as well as external improvements.

  • Creativity of initiatives.

The chairman of the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee will chair the panel. While the intention is to honor one winner, the Safety & Health Technology Committee reserves the right to recognize more than one winner in either category, or to abstain from offering an award in either category.