Arsenal Manufacturing Center receives high Army safety award
March 4, 2014
The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center was awarded the Director of Army Safety's Risk Management Award on Friday. The Army Safety Awards Program recognizes organizations and individuals for their overall contributions to their safety programs. Safety awards enhance Army operations and improve safety awareness through recognition and promotion of individual and organizational accident prevention measures and successes.
"RIA-JMTC earned this award by demonstrating exemplary leadership and employing the tenets of Risk Management to reduce the command's overall accident rate," said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, Director of Army Safety. "Their dedication to safety awareness and the preservation of vital Army resources deserves recognition."
RIA-JMTC is the only vertically integrated metal manufacturing in the Department of Defense and is a one stop shop for metal manufactured products for the joint warfighter. To achieve this mission, RIA-JMTC engages in operations such as precision machining, metal fabrication, forging, plating, welding, specialized machining, composites, heat treating, titanium casting, foundry operations, and prototyping.
All these operations are inherently dangerous. RIA-JMTC must maintain an exemplary hazard analysis program, and the real success of this relies in employees' mindset.
"There are many organizations that talk about safety," said Col. David J. Luders, commander Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. "For us, it is becoming engrained in our culture. It is all about taking care of our people."
RIA-JMTC has more than 1,000 pieces of equipment to support their mission. With a variety of equipment comes a need for identifying hazards. The machining division of the production directorate spearheaded the effort in 2011, ensuring all metal machining equipment had a documented risk assessment conducted. Their efforts carried to the rest of our facility and all operations had risk assessments conducted for their equipment.
"Once CRM was implemented at the equipment and cost center level, RIA-JMTC worked to integrate CRM in the planning process," said Safety and Occupational Health Specialist Travis J. Brokaw. "The objective was to identify, mitigate, and communicate the project's big picture hazards during the planning stages. When the project reaches the employees, the goal is to ensure all hazards are identified."
Since implementing a CRM program that permeates all decision making processes, RIA-JMTC has sustained a downward trend in recordable accidents. In FY13, RIA-JMTC's actual recordable rate was 17% below the AMC goal. This success over a period of five years can be attributed to the CRM process.
"This program would not be successful without commitment from all levels of the organization," said deputy commander, Rick Nesbitt. "CRM is part of the daily integration of Management and Employees. Our unions, employees and managers fully endorse our continued proactive safety approach with the use of CRMs to identify hazards and mitigate risks."
RIA-JMTC was awarded the Risk Management Award during their TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Command Inspection.