ASSE & Cintas Honor OSH Innovators

Samantha J. Horseman, DBL, MBA, CCP(erg), CWP, received the 2017 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management during Safety 2017 in Denver, CO. Sponsored by ASSE and Cintas, the award recognizes ASSE members and nonmembers who bring creativity to managing workplace safety.

Horseman is the team leader for human energy management at Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Her winning innovation is a driver safety management system called Intellisense, which incorporates a dynamic mix of sound science and proven engineering principles to reduce traffic incidents. The system alerts a driver in real-time about high-risk behaviors and biometric levels so that adaptive learning occurs. In a study of high-risk drivers, Intellisense improved driving performance by 85%.

In Episode 3 of Safety 2017 TV, Horseman describes her innovation, which ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, calls a game-changer in enhancing driver safety. “It’s inspiring how occupational safety and health professionals like Samantha are constantly developing ideas that target workplace hazards,” Cecich says. “These talented innovators take the time to recognize creative solutions, and that is essential to improving worker safety and health while positively influencing organizational performance.” Horseman received a plaque and $3,000 for her achievement. She generously donated the cash award to the ASSE Foundation.

In addition, four individuals received Honorable Mention Awards and $500:

  • Patricia M. Allen, STS: Her mobile slip simulator teaches people how to navigate slippery surfaces. The innovation is a first-of-its-kind mobile learning laboratory equipped with a slippery walkway, unique shoe covers, trolley system, large mirror and flat-screen monitor for instant feedback to trainees. The portable unit exposes workers to slip-and-fall prevention techniques in a cost-effective manner. Allen is s director of ESHQA & CA at Savannah River Remediation in North Augusta, SC. She is a member of ASSE’s Augusta Chapter.
  • David Catallo, CRSP, and Matthew Clarke, CRSP: Their peer-to-peer participatory ergonomics program empowers production associates to ignite change and reduce workplace risk. They achieved a 36% reduction in musculoskeletal disorders through training, coaching and ongoing mentorship. Catallo is s the plant safety leader at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Barrie, Ontario; Clarke is the plant safety coordinator at the same facility.
  • Joshua Hancey, M.B.A.: His module lift pulls solar modules up a ladder to workers on the roof. It prevents employees from manually lifting 45-lb modules up a ladder, which allows the ladder to remain in its normal position, saving time and money. The device’s self-locking brake prevents modules from crashing down if a worker releases the rope. Yancey is director of safety and risk management at Vivint Solar in Lehi, UT.
  • Corene Jackson: Loading blocks of dry ice into shipping containers presents many safety, productivity and ergonomic challenges. Jackson’s Dry Ice Block Loading Project combats these challenges using a combination of off-the-shelf components and custom-designed apparatuses. By shifting the physical burden from the operator to the equipment, it eliminates hazards as well as contusion and laceration risks. Jackson is regional director of operations at Airgas Dry Ice and Air Liquide Co. in Henrico, VA.