OH&S Announces 2016 NPOY Winners

Twenty-two companies, including four multiple winners, won in the magazine's eighth annual New Product of the Year contest. Winners will receive their trophies at the 2016 National Safety Congress & Expo in Anaheim.

Twenty-two companies, including four multiple winners, have won top honors in Occupational Health & Safety's eighth annual New Product of the Year contest. Winners will receive their trophies at the 2016 National Safety Congress & Expo in Anaheim.

The contest attracted a record number of entries, 84, and there were entries in 21 categories overall.

An independent panel of three highly qualified judges selected the winners.

"Now in its eighth year, our New Product of the Year contest is a highly significant event for safety manufacturers, who submitted a record 84 entries this year. The exceptional quality and breadth of the 2016 entries is a testament to the ingenuity of these manufacturers as they compete in this fast-growing global market. Informing our readers and online audience about the best new products available to solve their key safety and health challenges has always been part of our magazine's mission, and this contest has become an essential extension of our outreach to the audience we serve. Many categories were hotly contested this year, especially the Hand Protection category, in which an unprecedented five products tied for the award," OH&S Editor Jerry Laws said. "I congratulate all of this year’s entrants on their fine work and thank them for participating. We hope they and many other manufacturers will enter our ninth annual contest next year, as well."

The 2016 contest's judges were Vince Marchesani, Ph.D., President and CEO of Environmental, Health and Safety International LLC; Chuck Paulausky, CHMM, President of CPSE LLC, a consulting firm specializing in OSHA and EPA compliance and loss control for small to medium-sized businesses; and Linda J. Sherrard, CSP, MS, Safety Consultant II for the Central Prison Healthcare Complex (NCDPS) and former technical editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

To be eligible for the 2016 awards, products must have been introduced to the market between July 5, 2015, and July 4, 2016.

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