The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) honored Daniel K. Shipp, past ISEA President and safety industry expert, with the 2017 Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award, at the association’s Award Dinner on Nov. 29 at the Westin Arlington in Arlington, Va. ISEA presents the award each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement and promotion of workplace safety and health.

“During his 24 years as President, Dan established ISEA as the “Voice of the Safety Equipment Industry,”” stated Eric Beck, Strategic Marketing Consultant for MSA Safety and ISEA Board Chairman. “The positive impact of his contributions to the industry is undeniable, and the health and life-saving impact for workers is inspirational. Dan has rightfully established himself as a pillar of this industry.”

During his time as President of ISEA, Mr. Shipp represented U.S. safety equipment manufacturers before Congress and U.S. regulatory agencies, as well as global government and industry forums. He participated in standards meetings in Mexico, Europe and China, and addressed audiences around the world on the proper use and selection of personal protective equipment. He has spoken on standards and standards development at meetings sponsored by ANSI and safety industry groups, the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and InterOperability, written articles on standardization for both safety equipment and electrical equipment, and produced a lesson on standards that is part of the Qualified Safety Sales Professional course curriculum. Before joining ISEA in 1993, Mr. Shipp was vice president, public affairs for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council, as well as an advisor to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971.

ISEA established the Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and presents it to an individual whose efforts have advanced and promoted workplace safety and health. Bob Hurley was a life-long advocate for worker safety and health. He was also CEO of Fendall, Inc., the emergency eyewash manufacturer, and an ISEA Board member.

The Award Dinner took place during ISEA’s Annual Meeting, the association’s largest national meeting, where leaders in the safety equipment industry converge to address issues affecting workplace safety.