eCHAA FAQs

1. What is the ACOEM Excellence in Corporate Health Achievement Award (eCHAA)?
ACOEM created the Excellence in Corporate Health Achievement Award to provide national recognition and honor to organizations in North America with exemplary worker health, safety and environmental management programs.
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2. Why was the Award established?

ACOEM established the Excellence in Corporate Health Achievement Award to reinforce the importance of worker health, safety and environmental management, and to provide model organizations with visibility and validation for their efforts.

For years, employers have been quietly investing in programs to protect and promote the health of their workers. ACOEM established this annual Award to publicly recognize the achievements of these leaders, and to nationally promote health and safety in the workplace.

3. Who is eligible to apply for the Award?
North American organizations, including manufacturing, service, government, for-profit or non-profit may apply. Applicants must employ 500 or more workers. Organizations that have multiple sites may apply as a whole entity or as a site with 500 or more employees. In cases where an applicant is both a manufacturer and a service provider, if 20% or more of gross revenues comes from manufacturing, the organization will be considered a manufacturer.

4. What if my organization won the Award in the past, can we apply again?
Winning organizations may not apply for three consecutive years following their Award.

5. What if my organization has not won the Award but merges with an organization that has, can we still apply the next year? 
No. If two organizations merge and either of them has won the Award, then the newly combined organization must not apply again for a period of three years after the award date.

6. Can only North American organizations receive the Award?
Yes, but this does include North American sub-units of foreign organizations.

7. What if I send in the letter of intent to apply, along with my deposit fee, and then decide not to send in the application after all?
The money you send in is non-refundable. However, should your organization choose not to apply after you have sent in your letter of intent, you will not be held to apply.

8. How are Award recipients selected?
A professional team of trained examiners conducts a rigorous review of the applicants’ health, safety, and environmental programs, using the Excellence Checklist and scoring system. This review measures 18 standards under the three dimensions - economic, environmental, and social. After each selected Examiner reviews the application, the Examiner Team Leader for each application has a consensus conference to decide a score for each aspect on a 1 – 100 % basis that is used to calculate a point score for each Item. The total possible points for the Award is 1000 (perfect score), but this is considered an excellence goal. A Judges Panel reviews the total consensus scores for all applicants, and those with higher scores deemed to indicate the presence of exemplary programs are selected for site visits in order to verify and re-score the application. A repeat Judges Panel convenes using this input and makes recommendations to the ACOEM Board of Directors for recipients of that year’s eCHAA winner(s).

9. Does a smaller organization have less of a chance to win?
No. The examiners judge the applications in the same way regardless of size.

10. May an organization hire a consultant to help prepare answers for the Award application?
Yes. Due to the scope of the application, a team approach is practically essential and the use of a consultant may be helpful.

11. What is the expected time and people resource an organization needs to complete an application?
Over the years, Examiners have noted that organizations indicate that significant time and effort is required to produce a high-quality eCHAA application. The amount of time has varied greatly depending on the availability of data, familiarity with the eCHAA framework, communications and cooperation from the various disciplines and departments for development of comprehensive responses, the project management capabilities of its leaders, and other organizational factors. However, those answering this question have said that the process as a whole has been a very beneficial exercise resulting a structured self-analysis of their programs and initiatives.

12. If my organization does not win the Award, do we still receive a feedback report?
Yes, unlike other award programs, each applicant will receive formal feedback from the Examiners Panel regarding its program’s strengthsand suggested areas of improvement.

13. Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact Julie Ording at chaa@acoem.org or at 847/818-1800, ext. 1362.