Otterbein University honors Safex president with alumni award

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Special Achievement Award recognizes high professional excellence

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (APRIL 17, 2018) — Safex is proud to announce that its president and owner, Dianne Grote Adams, will be honored by her alma mater, Otterbein University, with a Special Achievement Award.

The Special Achievement Award, established in 1966, recognizes excellence and high professional achievement by an individual in his or her field of endeavor. The award is granted to an Otterbein alumnus whose contributions to his or her field have elevated their professional industry at a local or regional level and/or the organization where the recipient works.

Grote Adams is among five Otterbein University alumni from across the country who will receive their awards during the 2018 Otterbein Alumni Awards Soiree on Apr. 21. Otterbein has honored it graduates and their accomplishments for more than 50 years.

A 1978 Otterbein graduate, Grote Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in life science from the Westerville, Ohio, university, before earning a Master of Science in occupational safety from the University of Cincinnati. Grote Adams worked for several years as an industrial hygienist and safety professional before founding Safex, which for 25 years has provided health and safety assessments for such companies as Whirlpool, Nationwide and Casto.

“It’s such an incredible honor to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Grote Adams. “I owe much of my success to this institution, which has helped guide me and shape me into a passionate and hardworking professional. I am so grateful for my experiences at Otterbein University, and I’m thrilled to accept this award.”

Grote Adams is a board-certified industrial hygienist, board-certified safety professional and a certified professional environmental auditor in health and safety. In 2017, she received a Distinguished Fellow Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association®. Dianne was a finalist for the 2015 NAWBO Columbus Visionary Award. In 2014, Safex was awarded the Conway Family Business Center Community Engagement Award. In 2013, Safex received the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service. She received the Central Ohio Local Section of the AIHA “Outstanding Industrial Hygiene Award” in 1992 and the “Industrial Hygiene Award of Excellence” in 2003.

A member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Grote Adams also is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AAIH) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). She completed a three-year term as a member of the AIHA Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves on the AIHA Conference Program Committee through 2019. She also has been involved with the AIHA Local Section Council, the AIHA PSTFII Task Force, the All-Ohio Safety Congress and the Central Ohio AIHA. She also has served on the advisory committee for both the Ohio University Industrial Hygiene Program and The Ohio State University Environmental Health Science Advisory

Board as well as the Otterbein Alumni Council. She is currently serving a four-year term as a member of the board of Cristo Rey Columbus.

For more information on the 2018 Otterbein Alumni Awards Soiree, visit

About Safex

Safex is a team of certified safety professionals, certified industrial hygienists and health and safety specialists who enjoy conducting business in an engaging, interactive way. Safex understands that business health and safety is about standards and regulations, but it’s also about people. As a result, the company strives to be thorough, efficient and fun—all at the same time — in its safety training education. Based in Westerville, Ohio, the company customizes services to each specific client, and it trains and supports its clients based on the regulations and compliance issues specific to their industry, including manufacturing, construction, health care, distribution, education, engineering, facility management, real estate and municipal services. For more information, visit