WORKERS’ COMP AWARD
What is the Teddy Award?
Every year Risk & Insurance® identifies and honors companies
and public entities that have exceptional safety, workers’
compensation and disability management programs.
The award is named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt,
who in 1908 introduced and promoted the first piece of
important workers’ compensation legislation in the United
What criteria are used to select winners?
Winners distinguish themselves, not only
with their performance data, but through
their creativity and resourcefulness in
solving problems. We also recognize
companies with programs that show strong
overall loss prevention results, from both
pre-injury and post-injury perspectives.
In the application, each organization is asked
to provide data that represents the tangible
results of the program, but other factors
weigh heavily in the judges’ final decision.
The application should illustrate how the
organization exemplifies these key criteria:
• Performance: Applicants should describe
their specific safety, workers’ comp and disability management
challenges and report documented results in meeting those
challenges. We take into account the environment in which the
organization operates, the level of difficulty it faces, its degree of
success and the credibility of any documentation provided.
• Sustainability: Without exception, all past winners have
developed what could be termed “living” programs — those
with unlimited adaptability, and with the potential to sustain
continued forward progress and results, even as the organization
grows and changes. We recognize that “low-hanging fruit” is easy
to pick. Continuous improvement over time is a less glamorous,
but far more important measure of success.
• Team and Teamwork: By team we mean the ability of the
employer to forge and maintain a team involving employees
and possibly outside vendors. Evaluation of the team ranking
considers breadth of knowledge and skills, stability and skill
shown in overcoming special obstacles in recruiting the team. The
degree of communication throughout the team is also key.
• Innovation: Applicants should be able
to demonstrate a proven commitment to
innovation and to implementing ideas
that go beyond traditional or boilerplate
All applicants are required to complete
the online application and have the option
to include attachments that support the
information in the application. Judges
will rely primarily on the application data
throughout the initial phase of the judging
process. To apply please visit
www.riskandinsurance.com for application
instructions and additional information.
Teddy Award winners and finalists are selected by a panel of
expert judges consisting of industry thought leaders and top risk
management and workers’ compensation professionals, including
executives representing past Teddy Award winners.
Teddy winners will be honored during the 27th annual
National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management
Conference and Expo, held December 5-7, 2018, at Mandalay
Bay in Las Vegas.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 13, 2018
Risk & Insurance,
Director, Risk Management
and Workers’ Compensation,
Director, Employee Health
Valley Health System
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Senior Manager, Workers’
Compensation and Employee
Safety / Ergonomics,
Rochester Regional Health