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ASSE and Cintas Announce Final Countdown for Innovation Award

March 17, 2015 | By Business Wire News


The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of safety training, personal protective equipment (PPE) and first-aid solutions, today issued a last call for applications for the 2015 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management. Applications are available online and must be submitted by March 31, 2015. The winner will receive $3,000, a recognition plaque and travel and accommodations for Safety 2015, ASSE’s annual professional development conference in June 2015.

“Today, we’re surrounded by innovation wherever we turn, so it’s important to harvest this creativity to engage employees in the safety process and promote safety,” said Rick Gerlach, Director of Safety and Health, Cintas Corporation. “We’re looking forward to reading more inspiring safety stories from around the world and giving recognition to employees and organizations for embracing innovation.”

ASSE and Cintas are seeking submissions that outline a workplace challenge and an employee’s solution, which eliminates or reduces hazards, improves safety knowledge or provides efficiency improvements. The innovation must have been developed or put into place within the last five years. The judging panel will consider the innovation’s safety and management benefits, and the potential for applying the innovation across multiple programs or sites. Both ASSE members and non-members can apply, and nominations can be submitted by safety managers or employees on behalf of themselves or another individual.

“This award honors unique safety ideas, raises awareness for effective workplace strategies and encourages businesses to be proactive about safety,” said ASSE president, Trish Ennis, CSP, ARM. “We want to give employees the chance to have their efforts recognized and inspire other organizations to implement similar ideas.”

Apply online or download the award application at by March 31, 2015.

About Cintas

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 supplies, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. 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 Chicago-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 35,000 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

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