Forsyth Technical Community College Earns Major Safety Milestone Award

Forsyth Tech is proud to continue its solid history of excellence in safety. The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) has awarded the college its second Million Hour Safety award.

NCDOL gives Million Hour awards to public and private industries that demonstrate one million safe employee work hours, or multiples thereof, with no cases of injury or illness involving cases with days away from work. Subsequent awards are given for each additional one million-employee hours with no injuries or illnesses.

This is the second year Forsyth Tech has received this prestigious award. Last year, the NCDOL awarded the college its Two Million Safe Work Hours Award.

“In the bigger picture, small everyday safety minded acts might not seem like obvious factors that keep us from harm, but the attitude behind these actions is a tremendous asset to everyone that works or goes to school here,” says Toni Beth Beery, Environmental Services Coordinator at Forsyth Tech. “Going forward, as we continue to include safety with the needs of our employees and programs into our workplace, we will always have a safe workplace.”

The NCDOL has recognized Forsyth Tech’s superior safety achievements since 1984. In addition to its two Million Hour awards, the college has earned more than two dozen of the department’s annual Safety Awards.


Forsyth Tech Gold Safety Awards received from NCDOL:

1984 – 2001:  16 Consecutive Gold Awards

2006 – 2017:  11 Consecutive Gold Awards


Forsyth Tech NCDOL Silver Safety Awards:

2002 – 2004: 3 Consecutive Silver Awards


To qualify for an annual safety award from the NCDOL, a firm must have no fatalities during the calendar year at the site or location for which the award was given and have maintained an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group.

“I believe that the safety awards, which Forsyth Tech has earned over the years, can be attributed to two major factors,” Beery explains. “Data from the last eight years shows a huge decline in our Fire Code Violations reported by the Winston-Salem Fire Department, which demonstrates the college’s constant commitment to employee and student safety, and to OSHA and Fire Code Compliance.  It is important to note here that our Physical Plant personnel deserve much of the credit because they fix unsafe work conditions every day, whether it is a written violation or not.”

“The second factor that contributes to the history of excellence in workplace safety at Forsyth Tech are the employees that work here,” Beery adds. “I believe it is easy to deduce that we are a safe place to be because we care about each other’s well-being. We care if someone we work with might get hurt and we take action to prevent it, even if it is wiping up coffee drips on the floor, calling maintenance about an uneven sidewalk or helping a co-worker create a safer workspace.”

The college is honored to join other Forsyth County employers in earning a Million Hour Safety Award, including Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, RAI, and Hanes Brands Distribution.