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Indiana Department of Labor

DOL > Recognizing Excellence Recognizing Excellence

The Indiana Department of Labor's mission is to advance the safety, health and prosperity of Hoosiers in the workplace. The Indiana Department of Labor seeks to recognize those Hoosier organizations, individuals, professional groups, etc. that help foster a culture of workplace health and safety in Indiana workplaces. Learn more about Indiana's occupational safety and health recognition programs below. 

Governor's Workplace Safety Awards (GWSA)

The Governor's Workplace Safety awards are presented annually during the annual Indiana Safety and Health Conference and Expo. All Hoosier businesses, unions, municipalities, schools, service organizations, non-profit organizations and individuals are eligible to apply for an award in three categories; education, innovation and partnership. To find out more about the GWSAs and to see current and past recipients, please click here.

Commissioner's Award of Excellence 

Created in 2013, the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence is presented to Hoosier employers, employees or individuals who make significant contributions to advance the safety, health and prosperity of Hoosiers in the workplace. To learn more about recipients of the Commissioner's Award of Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health, please click here.

Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and partner with businesses and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. Sites are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. VPP Participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. The average VPP worksite has a lost workday incidence rate more than 50 percent below the national average of its industry. Click here to view a listing of the Indiana VPP sites.

Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP)

As a federally recognized program, the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) provides recognition, rewards and ongoing support to small Hoosier employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems. To learn more about INSHARP and to see INSHARP certified businesses, please click here.