EHS Today is proud to announce the list of the 2015 America’s Safest Companies. The 16 companies on the list represent a broad array of industries: construction, manufacturing, utilities, oil and gas and more.

We often hear talk of excellence in business and ROI, but what about excellence in safety? Only when executive leaders are aligned with incorporating safety thinking into business objectives and decisions will we achieve true safety excellence.

The companies that have achieved that excellence in 2015 will be honored at an awards ceremony that is part of the Safety Leadership Conference in Greenville, S.C. in October. The America’s Safest Companies Class of 2015 is: Apollo Mechanical, BMWC Constructors Inc., CJ Drilling Inc., Commonwealth Edison, Dow Corning Corp., FHG Inc., Fisher Contracting Co., Merjent Inc., Parker Drilling, PATS Aircraft Systems, Rummel Construction Inc., Solenis, Smiths Medical, Solid Platforms Inc., USG Corp. and Victaulic Co.

These companies represent as few as 100 employees and as many as 50,000, have one location or dozens of locations, have one safety representative or large EHS staffs. What they have in common is they recognize the return on value for safety.

“Return on the value of safety is a metric that applies to every business, though it carries particular significance in manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, chemical, construction and recycling,” said EHS Today Editor in Chief Sandy Smith. “In these industries, humans interact closely with heavy machinery and hazardous substances. Focusing too intently on return on investment – without the balance of return on the value of safety – can impact not only employee safety but ultimately, organizational success.”

The theme of the 2015 Safety Leadership Conference, scheduled for October 26-28 in Greenville, S.C., is ROS – The Return on Safety. The special awards night out will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27 and will celebrate the achievements of the 16 companies named to this year’s list of America’s Safest Companies.

“What we’ve been hearing from experts is that in order for workplaces to achieve world-class safety, they must look beyond concepts like ‘zero injuries’ and look toward creating a culture that aligns business and safety. A lack of injuries does not translate to a world-class safety culture, and these companies understand that,” said Smith. “Safety excellence goes much deeper than that.”

The best practices from all of the 2015 America's Safest Companies will be featured in a special section in the November issue of EHS Today magazine. Since 2002, America’s Safest Companies has honored 192 organizations for their unwavering commit­ment to worker safety and health and environmental stewardship.