An alliance of the independent grocery and convenience store industries.

Does your team of employees work hard to keep their employees safe? If so, we have a perfect way to for your store or business to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to safety!! This award is a proactive way to engage membership, benchmark performance, recognize companies and sustain retro performance focusing on prevention for our Retro participants. 
Eligibility: Any company that is actively enrolled in the 2019-2020 Washington Food Industry Association Retrospective Rating Program and who has not been part of the WFIA Waiver Program the last 2-years may apply for the EISA award. Annual paid premium is based on the company’s entire annual workers’ compensation paid premium in Washington State.  If an employer has multiple locations, the company should perform an internal review of all establishments and submit one application for the best performing location.

    • January 1- March 2, 2020 companies may submit their WFIA EISA application.
    • February 1- March 30th, 2020, WFIA and ERNwest will review applications, contact and schedule onsite reviews with the establishments whose self-assessment scores > 90+ on the self-assessment form.
    • Apr 1-15, 2020, WFIA and ERNwest will recognize the top 3 winners: 1- small group; 1-medium group; and 1-large group winner.


    Award: One winner from each group will receive an award, a gold seal of excellence in safety which can be posted on their website and other printed materials, prize money, and their Retro refund check one month early to be delivered June 1, 2020.
    Prize money

    • 1-Small Group with annual paid premium up to $50,000 would receive a bonus check of $2,500.
    • 1-Medium Group with annual paid premiums between $50,001 and $100,000 would receive a bonus check of $5,000.
    • 1-Large Group with annual paid premiums of $100,001 or higher would receive a bonus check of $7,500.

     Deadline to apply: March 2, 2020

    For questions please contact Robert Mitchell at or 360-753-5177. 

    2018-2019 Excellence in Safety Award Recipients

     Excellence in Safety - Small Business

    Olympia Grocery Outlet

    Albert and Mae Respicio

    Click here to read the press release about
    Olympia Grocery Outlet's award. 

     Excellence in Safety - Large Business

    Harbor Wholesale Foods

    Heather Jorgensen, Travis Brock, Ryan Phillips

    Click here to read the press release about
    Harbor Wholesale Foods' award. 

    Washington Food Industry Association

    P.O. Box 706

    1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

    Olympia, WA 98502

    Tel: 360-753-5177


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