Dustin Richartz Named 2015 Safety Professional of the Year

Dustin G. Richartz, CSP, received ASSE’s 2015 Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his work in developing safety and health programs throughout his career. Richartz, senior loss control consultant with Denver-based Lockton Companies, has developed OSH processes that have helped clients reduce recordable incidents and lost-time incident rates.

2014-15 ASSE President Trish Ennis presents the SPY Award to Dustin Richartz.

2014-15 ASSE President Trish Ennis presents the SPY Award to Dustin Richartz.

An active ASSE volunteer, Richartz serves on ASSE’s Professional Development Conference Planning Committee and is an Area Director in Region II. He is a professional member of ASSE’s Colorado Chapter, of which he was president in 2011-12, and a member of the Oil and Gas Practice Specialty. In accepting the award during ASSE’s Safety 2015 conference in Dallas, TX, in June, Richartz said, “I challenge each of you to take it upon yourselves to invest the time necessary to serve as a mentor for someone else. You may be surprised at the benefit that you receive from that relationship.”

The Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award is given in honor of Edgar Monsanto Queeny, who was president of Monsanto on April 16, 1947, when the explosion of a French freighter destroyed Monsanto’s Texas City plant, killing 512 people, including 145 Monsanto employees. The event moved him to place even greater emphasis on safety in the company’s operations.