WSSC Receives Second Consecutive AWWA National Safety Award
WSSC Recognized for Top Level Safety Programs and Initiatives
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – June 24, 2015 –WSSC’s commitment to safety is once again recognized as the Commission is honored for the second year in a row with the Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The award recognizes WSSC’s stellar safety record, cutting-edge safety programs and overall leadership in safety and health.
“Many of our employees work in potentially dangerous environments and we have to be one step ahead to make sure they go home safely every day, said Michael Lewis, WSSC Safety Unit Coordinator
“Our safety team once again proves they are second to none,” said Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager and CEO “Their innovative programs run quietly behind the scenes. I’m proud that we have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their work that protects our most valuable assets, our employees.”
WSSC’s new safety programs and initiatives include heavy machinery and equipment retraining, including the use of pipe saws, forklifts and other large vehicles used throughout the Commission. WSSC most recently introduced a “How’s my driving” program aimed at keeping our employees and customers safe on the road.
WSSC won the class IV award, which recognizes water utilities with 500 employees or more. AWWA reviews nominees on an annual basis, selecting utilities with exemplary safety records over the past five years, and those which promote and implement safety and health programs that exhibit best practice-level quality.
The award was presented at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Anaheim, California on June 9. This marks the third time in the past seven years WSSC has received the award.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.