Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award

ISEA’s Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Award honors an individual who, by a single action or the work of a lifetime, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the health and safety of workers.

The award is presented each year at the ISEA Annual Business Meeting.

The Award was renamed in 2007 in memory of Robert B. Hurley, President of Fendall Inc., a life-long advocate for worker safety and health, who died in May 2002. Mr. Hurley was widely regarded as an innovative authority in the safety industry through his professional accomplishments. He was a vital part of the safety industry and an active and passionate supporter of workplace safety practices to ensure workers retun home safely each day.

ISEA is honored to preserve his memory by annually recognizing those who have greatly contributed to the cause of Occupational Safety through their leadership.

Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be nominated:

  • Nominee should have:
    • Led the Safety Industry as a Company executive or equivalent OR
    • Contributed to OSH public policy at the agency or legislative level OR
    • Led OSH initiatives that greatly contributed to the safety and health of a major segment of the workforce.

Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated by the Board of Trustees on the following criteria

  • Nominee has by single action contributed greatly to the occupational safety and health of the workforce.
  • Nominee has, through lifetime dedication, advanced the cause of occupational safety and health.
  • Nominee has partnered effectively with ISEA and its members to advance the industry’s goals. 

Nomination

Any member company representative or any member of ISEA’s staff may nominate an individual to receive the Hurley Award.

Nominations will be accepted until the first Friday in August each year. 

The winner will be announced at ISEA’s Annual Business Meeting


Ryan-Willson Service Award of Excellence

Established by the International Safety Equipment Association Board of Trustees in October 2019, the annual Ryan-Willson Service Award of Excellence is the highest award given by the North American industry and honors those who have not only had distinguished careers within a member company, but also have provided their talents to improve the broader industry.

The award is presented in memory of J.T. Ryan (MSA) and Thomas Willson (Willson Products), ISEA’s first and second Chairmen respectively. Much of what ISEA is today is owed to these original leaders of our industry.

The award is presented each year at the ISEA Annual Business Meeting.

Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be nominated:

  • Nominee’s company should be a member in good standing with ISEA.
  • Nominee has served on an Association Product Group, Standing Committee, Ad Hoc Committee or other organized group within ISEA for three or more years

Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated by the Board of Trustees on the following criteria

  • Nominee has served the Association “with distinction” for three or more years.
  • Nominee provides leadership to the Association, whether as chair or member of a committee, product group, etc. (preference will NOT be based on Board or Officer leadership).
  • Nominee has demonstrated leadership in helping the Association achieve its specific Strategic Priorities.
  • The nominee’s leadership, talents and expertise have advanced Association programs and services over time.

Nomination

Any member company representative or any member of ISEA’s staff may nominate an individual to receive the Ryan-Willson Award.

Nominations will be accepted until the first Friday in August each year. 

The winner will be announced at ISEA’s Annual Business Meeting.


ISEA’s Annual Meeting is the association’s largest national meeting, where leaders in the design, manufacture, testing and application of protective clothing and safety products converge to address issues affecting workplace safety.

To nominate someone for the ISEA Awards please complete our nomination form here.