3M PSD will recognize a new professional working in the United States through supporting their travel and registration fees to the 2017 American Society for Safety Engineers meeting, Safety 2017, June 19-22nd in Denver, Colorado, USA. The 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety New Professional Award will recognize a professional who is selected through the a 3M PSD essay contest.
The 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety New Professional Award (PDF, 15.09 KB) recognizes a professional who is selected as the winner of a 3M PSD essay contest. Entries for the 2017 award are invited on the theme “The New Look Workforce: How Will Changing Demographics Affect the Practice of Occupational Safety and Health?”
The awardee will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of 3M occupational health and safety professionals and employees of 3M’s Personal Safety Division. Essays will be judged on originality, innovation, clarity of message and writing style. The winner will be notified on or before May 5th, 2017.
The awardee will travel to SAFETY 2017 in Denver, Colorado, USA, June 19-22, 2017. 3M PSD will provide airfare, accommodations for up to four nights, registration and a $50.00 USD per diem per day. All travel must originate in the USA.
If you have questions regarding the Essay or Essay Program, please contact the 3M Personal Safety Division using the form at the bottom of the page by completing the "Message" field.
If you'd like to submit your Essay, please use the same form and attach your documents in PDF or DOC format. Your entry will be submitted electronically.
Requirements for the contest:
1) The essay must be kept to a maximum of 1000 words in length, typed in 12-point font, with 1 in. margins, double spaced on letter-size (8.5 x 11 in.) paper;
2) Any references should be cited correctly and the reference list can be in addition to the two-page document; and
3) All applicants must have been in an occupational health and safety position for five years or less. Years spent as a full-time student do not count toward these 5 years. Current students and faculty members are not eligible.
Deadline: Essays are due by April 30, 2017
Please submit the following required entry items using the form below. These items will need to be attached to your form submission in either PDF or DOC format.
The deadline for the 2017 contest is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2017.
1. The essay must be in English and kept to a maximum of 1000 words in length, typed in 12-point font, with 1 in. margins, on letter-size (8.5 x 11 in.) paper.
2. All submissions must have a title and include a word count (word count does not apply to the list of sources.) All sources must be cited. Each submission must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest.
3. You must write on the topic provided; essays on other topics will not be accepted. Please use the topic as the title of your essay.
4. Essays will be judged by 3M. The decision will be final.
5. All applicants must be in an occupational health and safety (OHS) position as their primary occupation. Applicants must be legally working in the United States. They must have been employed in the OHS for five years or less. Years spent as a full-time student do not count toward these 5 years. Current students and faculty members are not eligible.
6. Your submission will automatically become the property of 3M and 3M may use, redistribute, and/or publicize the essay and your selection as the winner of the contest for any purpose and in any way.
7. Only applications submitted with all supporting documents will be considered. Please submit:
8. Winner will be solely responsible for all Federal, State and/or local taxes. Winner is required to provide a tax identification number, and relevant tax forms must be completed prior to travel arrangements being made.
9. Please submit the required entry items using the form below. These items will need to be attached to your form submission in either PDF or DOC format.
Alternatively, you may submit a paper entry of the OHS New Professional Award Essay via mail. Please return the completed application and all requested support documentation in a single package to:
3M Personal Safety Division
OH&S Essay Program - Attn: Patricia Ostrander
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
Congratulations to Jacob Krzystowczyk, Winner of the 2016 3M New Occupational Health and Safety Professional Essay Award contest. Jacob is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional with extensive experience in a broad range of workplaces in the Chemical Industry. Currently, he is a Corporate Industrial Hygienist at The Albemarle Corporation. Jacob will travel to Atlanta, GA, June 26-29, 2016 for Safety 2016.
"Electronic data collection is a critical and ever changing process required for determining working conditions. The transition from a paper based workplace to a digital workplace is constantly occurring everywhere. The change from paper reports, personnel files, inspections, batch records, and most all mail to their respective electronic versions is a revolution across industry. Companies have realized the gains from this transition which include: increased speed, lower costs, conservation of resources, improved communication and clarity, and “green” company image. These benefits all affect worker health and safety. A Pharmaceutical Operator who works in a facility with electronic, typed batch records can avoid hazardous mischarges or unsafe operating conditions using effective communication. Auditors that use electronic inspection forms on tablets for safety showers can instantly upload the results of inspections via wireless network and dramatically reduce the time needed to begin the repair process. The improvement of communication due to improved technology is not restricted to those currently working in plants."
2016 Essay Contest Runner-Up Essays
"The landscape of occupational health has greatly advanced due to advancements in science and technology. Over the past two decades, emerging investigative technologies have allowed for greater understanding of occupational health hazards and mitigation (University of Washington, 2016)."
"If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that nearly everything we humans do is aimed at making some other job easier. When the first wheel was invented, the neighbors probably pointed and laughed at the person pushing it around until the time came to haul a woolly mammoth back to camp."