Commands Receive Top Navy Award for Safety

BY STAN WILLINGHAM, NAVSAFECN Chief of Naval Operations policy requires military and civilian personnel to apply safe and healthful practices in all their daily activities. To recognize outstanding efforts in risk management and mishap prevention, the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program provides recognition to commands with the best overall command […]

BY STAN WILLINGHAM, NAVSAFECN

Chief of Naval Operations policy requires military and civilian personnel to apply safe and healthful practices in all their daily activities. To recognize outstanding efforts in risk management and mishap prevention, the CNO Shore Safety Awards Program provides recognition to commands with the best overall command safety programs. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to operational readiness and conservation of resources through effective risk management. Congratulations to the fiscal year 2016 Chief of Naval Operations award winners for achievement in shore safety. The following are summaries highlighting the accomplishments of each winner which ultimately led to their selection.


Small Industrial Category
– Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, Guam.

The commanding officer engaged with employees and ensured a safety philosophy that aligned with that of the Chief of Naval Operations; integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness. An employee safety committee was initiated in the safety occupational and health program; its implementation empowered personnel and promoted safety communication amongst leadership. The command successfully reduced their days away, restriction and transfer (DART) by 50 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2016. They developed a contractor safety handbook, which provided resource information pertaining to the safety responsibilities to contract personnel.

Medium Industrial Category – Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay

Their emphasized motto of “Ten Fingers and Ten Toes,” though simplistic was highly effective in instilling in each employee the responsibility to finish each workday and go home safely. Leadership is aggressively pursuing safety excellence by implementing OSHA’s voluntary protection program (VPP) guidance principles working toward their Safety Through Awards and Recognition (STAR) program certification. They achieved a 45 percent decrease in their total case incident rate. Great effort to ensure safety program and concerns are transparent to and throughout the entire command.

Large Industrial Category
– Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

A safety management system was implemented which contributed to building a culture of senior leadership and worker participation, thus ensuring a safety culture throughout the command. By doing so the command achieved “Bronze Status” recognition for all the accomplishments performed. Their significant accomplishments included vastly improving the fall protection program by acquiring and utilizing state-of-the-art fall protection equipment; a new employee safety concern reporting system was implemented, which raised the awareness of safety hazards and, in turn, decreased their days away, restriction and transfer (DART) rate substantially to 1.66.

Small Non-Industrial Category – Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama

The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief made safety a top priority. This triumvirate is constantly present in the facility interacting with personnel. Leaderships’ open-door policy instills informal reporting and fosters communication. Their implementation of a very comprehensive and strictly enforced heat stress program resulted in zero heat-stroke cases from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2016. Safety is embraced as part of training, become internalized and is part of all planning processes.

Medium Non-Industrial Category – Naval Base Point Loma

In this command, safety is a team-sport mentality. Organizationally all members are fully engaged in OSH programs with mishap prevention being the key goal of their efforts. An integrated team approach is used for all command and community events ensuring they are executed safely. Leadership supports the commands’ robust safety council in identifying, informing and implementing corrections to identified hazards. All of their measureable mishap rates (i.e., TCIR and DART) have trended downward for the last three fiscal years.

Large Non-Industrial Category – Naval Postgraduate (NPS) School

This command had the perfect blend of outstanding leadership, personnel involvement combined with a command wide commitment to safety which led to their selection as the category winner. Leadership was constantly visible as they conducted walkabouts showcasing safety in ongoing projects. Safety communication, interface and outreach remained constant within the NPS faculty and staff. NPS’s mishap trends show a reduction within all areas indicating positive direction in safety culture enhancement.

The fiscal year 2017 Chief of Naval Operations Award for Achievement in Shore Safety competition starts Oct. 1, 2017. Congratulations to the fiscal year 2016 winners.