The U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Installation Safety Office continues its cultural of safety with its eleventh consecutive Safety Excellence Streamer Award.
The streamer is awarded by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) based in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston.
“This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts and unfailing dedication to duty of the Garrison in sustaining a positive safety culture. Your accomplishment of completing fourteen consecutive years without experiencing a Class A or B accident; completion of the Army Readiness Assessment Program; and attaining 100% completion of Risk Management Training demonstrates safety excellence,” detailed a memo from IMCOM’s Safety Director, Ernesto Valadez.
To qualify for the prestigious award, an Army installation must have no instances of Class A or B accidents which are loosely defined as severe accidents to personnel or property. The YPG Garrison installation has not experienced a Class A or B accident in 14 years which has made the Installation Safety Office eligible for the award the last 11 years.
U.S. Army YPG Garrison Director of Installation Safety Ron Van Why credits his staff and the Army’s Safety Management System which empowers directorate leaders be responsible for their employee’s safety. This allows the leaders to implement tailored safety programs based off Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Army requirements with the help and guidance of the Installation Safety Office.
Van Why remarks that safety is not just about avoiding accidents – its educating the workforce, keeping up on safety training and making safe decisions.
“Everyone is a safety officer. I am not successful in my program without the help of everyone else.”
Van Why adds that YPG has a culture of safety.
“We are successful due to the fact of everybody’s commitment to our safety program. We have a total buy in.”