All green industry companies and branches are invited to participate in the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET’s) annual Safety Recognition Awards Program. Applications are available online and must be returned to PLANET by April 29, 2011.

Safety Recognition Awards are presented to companies in the following categories: No Vehicle Accidents, No Injuries or Illnesses, and No Days Away From Work. In addition, companies that participated in previous programs are eligible for the Most Improved category.

Program participants also may qualify for the Overall Safety Achievement Award. This award honors those companies with thorough, high-performing, safety programs that create and maintain safe work environments in the green industry.  Companies are eligible for this award if they demonstrate outstanding safety performance in the workplace based on their combined fleet and employee incident rates.  A checklist also is used to rate the company’s complete safety program. 

The safety awards program covers the period of January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. Companies participating in the program must submit a copy of their application, OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and a copy of their year-end vehicle insurance claims summary report from their insurance agents. Participants are required to complete a Safety Program Checklist, which is included with their application, and are encouraged to return the benchmarking form, also part of the application.

Program sponsor, CNA , is committed to creating and maintaining safe work environments in the green industry by recognizing companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety.

For more information, visit, e-mail Cheryl Claborn, or call (800) 395-2522.