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Safety Excellence Award

Safety Award Program


The Houston Safety Excellence Award is annually presented to a contractor or subcontractor in the Texas Gulf Coast Area who has achieved an outstanding record of on-the-job safety promotion and performance at a site or as a business during the year completed. The true purpose of the award process is for the participants to learn through observing and sharing of best practices.


The HBR Safety Evaluation teams annually goes through the process of selecting the best safety performers among contractors and subcontractors nominated by Owner or Contractor companies. The nominees, finalists and winners of each category are recognized during the annual Safety Excellence Award Banquet.

A leader is selected from the owner representatives in the Health & Safety committee to lead a team for evaluating nominees in each category. Each team normally has six to ten members who evaluates the finalists to select the best performing contractor in safety activities. Each team leader has the task of selecting the finalists from all the nominated companies in his/her category.

Who Can Nominate?

Contractors and Subcontractors must be nominated by a user of their services. It can be an owner company nominating their contractors or a contractor nominating their subcontractors. Self-nominations are not accepted. A contractor must be nominated by a user of their services.


All industrial, commercial, highway heavy and utility contractors and subcontractors in the Texas Gulf Coast Area are eligible. Affiliation with Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) is not a requirement. Nominees will compete in the category they are nominated for.


This is a two step process where the initial evaluation will determine contractors eligible for final field evaluation. Safety data for the initial evaluation process will include the following:

  • HBR Contractor Safety Information Sheet
  • HBR Initial Evaluation Form
  • Written Specific Safety Program
    • Fatalities
    • OSHA Incident Rate for Lost Work Day Cases
    • OSHA Incident Rate for Total Recordable Injuries and Illnesses
    • Regulatory Agency Citations
    • Year to Year Improvement
    • Safety Goals
    • Accidental/Incident Investigation Procedure
    • Incident Lessons Learned
    • Internal Audit/Assessment Program
    • Contractor Orientation and HSE Training Program
    • Environmental Program
    • Industrial Hygiene Program
    • Short Service Employee Program
    • Behavioral Based Safety Program
    • Contractor Written Employee Workforce Development Program
    • Supervisor Training
    • Best Practices

Step 1 – Initial Submission
Contactor submit the requested information and submissions of each nominee will be measured using a score times a weighted percentage system. The top 3 or 4 scores in each category is selected for field evaluations. These will be announced at the Tailgate event on Friday, February 8 at Pasadena Fairgrounds.

Step 2 – Category Winner Selection
A field evaluation will be conducted on the finalists in each category as determined in Step 1. The field evaluation will be conducted by evaluation teams led by an owner. The field evaluation uses and objective scoring system to verify the extent and effectiveness of the contractor's safety program.


  • The previous year's winners of the category award are Mentors. This is the highest honor a company can received
  • Mentors are not eligible of the award
  • Assigned to Mentor contract companies through the process outside of own work category
  • Mentors also evaluate contractors through field evaluations in separate category


All companies that receive an evaluation will be recognized. Additionally, more than one Contractor may be recognized at the various levels. The team leader will decide on the level based on team input.

Bronze contractors are nominated by their clients.

Silver is the minimum level of recognition that will be given to a company selected as finalist. This recognition is based on the evaluation scoring and improvement opportunities. If major issues are identified during field evaluation, Bronze may be awarded.

Gold level recognition signifies that many elements of their program, both field and documentation, exceed the minimum requirements including those best practices that have been identified.

Best in Category recognition will be identified for ONE finalist company in each category.

Award Categories

General Contractors
Construction and Maintenance

Specialty Contractor - Hard Crafts
Mechanical, I&E, HVAC

Specialty Contractor - Soft Crafts
Insulation, Painting, Scaffolding

Specialty Contractor Environmental
Hydro Blasting, Vacuum Trucks, Chemical Cleaning

Specialty Contractors - Technical Support
Engineering, Safety, Inspection

Crane & Rigging Support

*Categories may be modified slightly depending on number and size of nominees.

Award Statistics

Participating Contractors 64
Total Work Hours in USA 230 Mil
Total Recordable Rate 0.32
Nominated Sites 109
Site Hours 18.7 Mil
Ave Site Recordable Rate 0.03

Best Practices

A unique feature of this award process is the requirement that the "Best in Category" Contractors come to a "Best Practices" seminar and present the best practices identified by the evaluation teams the they reason for their excellent achievement. All other companies are encouraged to take these ideas back to their own companies to improve their own performance. Through the sharing of best practices the entire industry improves its safety performance. There is an attitude that is prevalent among the owners and contractors that outstanding safety is not proprietary and must be shared with others.

This award process was developed and is maintained by the HBR Safety, Health & Environmental Resource Committee that meets monthly. HBR believes that the Greater Houston Area Contractors involved in this award process have developed world class safety programs and have produced significantly better safety records than any other group of contractors in the world.

Safety, Health & Environmental Resource Committee
Third Thursday, Each Month at 8:00 a.m.
5213 Center Street, Pasadena – Upstairs Room 9

Safety Award Forms

2018-2019 Award Schedule

2019 Initial Evaluation Form

2019 Field Evaluation Form
General Contractor

32nd Annual Nomination Form

2019 Initial Evaluation
Score Sheet

2019 Field Evaluation Form
Crane & Rigging

2019 Instructions

Safety Orientation Presentation

2019 Tailgate Friday, February 8
Pasadena Fairgrounds

2019 Information Sheet

2019 Mentors

2019 Safety Award Banquet
May 17 - Moody Gardens

Field Evaluation Preparation
Workshop Presentation