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Date: May 31, 2012

Picatinny's Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division's PHS&T Center Receives Safety Award

Picatinny's Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division's PHS&T Center Receives Safety Award
The Packaging, Handling, Shipping and Transportation (PHS&T) Center at Picatinny Arsenal.
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Packaging, Handling, Shipping and Transportation (PHS&T) Division here was recognized by the state's Industrial Safety Committee (ISC) for maintaining an injury free workplace during 2011 at the annual Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Awards dinner on May 2, 2012.

For the third consecutive year, the ISC has recognized the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) with this award. It is the first time that the division earned the award while at Picatinny.

The PHS&T Division relocated to Picatinny Arsenal from the Naval Weapons Station in Earle, N.J., during the Department of Defense's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process last year.

This year the PHS&T Division earned the State of New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development Safety Achievement Award by maintaining a workplace free from lost time for work related injuries or illnesses for three straight years. PHS&T earned the Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health Award for 2010 following its Citation of Merit Award for 2009.

According to Ken Zimms, the PHS&T Division Director, moving from Earle to Picatinny involved new safety risks that supervisors needed to monitor.

"BRAC was a very big challenge as people did take it upon themselves to move things," Zimms said. "We stopped a few people from trying to move heavy things like computer towers and boxes of books. We also hired a lot of young people who are more willing to do things themselves and not fully assess the risks involved."

Zimms also said managers and supervisors continually stress safety throughout PHS&T whether it's insuring people always don the proper safety gear, developing good operating procedures or maintaining good housekeeping.

That adherence to higher safety standards is a prominent theme throughout NSWC IHD. At the main site on Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Md., the command went through the final phase of its application for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in February 2012.

Ray Geckle, NSWC IHD's Safety Director, said managers play an integral role in safety promotion within the command.

"Having organizational leaders who take the time to recognize their employees' safety accomplishments goes to the core of our VPP message," Geckle said. "This type of employee recognition engages our employees and helps align them with our safety goals, while we meet and exceed business objectives."

As the largest Department of Defense full-spectrum energetics facility, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division is one of ten Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Center Divisions. Indian Head's mission is to research, develop, test, evaluate, and produce energetics and energetic systems for fighting forces around the globe.

 
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