WLSSD Safety Program Earns Governor’s Safety Award

DULUTH, MN. – Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) was recognized yesterday for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The awards program is coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“Employers like WLSSD know that safety isn’t automatic,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “It takes attention, dedication and continuous effort to protect their employees.”

Crystal Nicolai, WLSSD’s Safety Compliance Manager, accepted the Meritorious Achievement Award on behalf of the District. “We measure success by sending our employees home healthy each and every day,” said Nicolai. “Employees throughout our organization have worked hard to ensure our program is effective. This award is a testament to the commitment of our employees to safe work practices, and the commitment of management and our board of directors to ensuring that safety is a priority and the program has the resources needed to be successful.”

WLSSD’s is also recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as a Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) worksite. MNSHARP is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes organizations where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses. WLSSD is the first and only public organization to earn the MNSHARP certification. Of the 186,000 job sites in Minnesota, only 36 are MNSHARP certified—four of these sites are WLSSD facilities. WLSSD first earned this achievement in 2008 and continues to hold the designation today.

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 82nd Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries in 17 communities within its 530 square mile service area in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.


For immediate release: 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016
Contact: Karen L. Anderson, Director of Community Relations
(218) 740-4776