Monday, September 24, 2018
What is it?
The Army Safety Awards Program, administered by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, is designed to promote risk management by recognizing individual and unit accomplishments in loss prevention. It features positive measurements of current Army goals and streamlined submission procedures. The program allows organizations to develop additional awards tailored to meet their unique accident prevention and safety recognition goals.
What has the Army done/is doing?
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center works to ensure the Army Safety Awards Program (https://safety.army.mil/AWARDS/Featured-Awards) remains robust and effective by making awards available while supporting and emphasizing competition as a vital component of the overall selection and recognition process.
In 2017, the USACRC expanded the categories for the Army Headquarters awards from 10 to 17 to better align the awards to command echelon structure, and to broaden the individual categories. Current awards include:
What continued efforts does the Army have planned?
The USACRC will continue providing oversight of the program ensuring efforts put forth by individuals and organizations to mitigate and reduce mishaps, are recognized and rewarded. Army Regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program is being updated and will reflect the new categories of the Army Headquarters awards.
Why is this important to the Army?
Regardless of grade or rank, safety and loss prevention is everyone's responsibility. Recognition breeds competition, and each commander wants his or her organization to be the best. Preventing mishaps, protecting resources and enhancing readiness through the implementation of effective loss prevention programs sets the stage for optimal success. The Army recognizes and rewards individuals and organizations succeeding in these goals to keep their formations capable and ready.
Awards are an excellent incentive for Soldiers and civilians to strive harder in all they do, including safety. Leaders have many venues to recognize their teams' accomplishments, and we want to make them aware of all the possibilities.
- Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest D. Bowen Jr., U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
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