PORT HADLOCK, Wash – Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island was recently awarded the 2013 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Safety Award in the small industrial category for significant contributions made to Navy safety and occupational health.
“This is truly an all-hands effort and shows that our priority of operating safely is recognized throughout the Navy,” said NAVMAG Indian Island Commanding Officer Cmdr. Michael Yesunas. “There is nothing more important to me than sending every one of our employees home safely every single day.”
CNO Shore Safety Awards recognize commands for their outstanding support and achievement in safety and occupational health. The 2013 winners were announced in a message sent April 15 from the Naval Safety Center.
NAVMAG Indian Island earned the 2012 runner up spot in the small industrial category. Over the past year, Navy personnel assigned to Indian Island continued to improve their already-exceptional safety record, further reducing mishaps and striving to instill in employees the ‘safety first’ approach to each workday. Those improvements helped NAVMAG Indian Island capture the win this time.
The command also continues to increase employee participation in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and is working toward achieving certification as a ‘VPP Star’ worksite.
“This award proves that we have successfully incorporated safety into everything that we do, but that doesn’t mean we’ve reached the end. We will keep doing what we do and continuing to improve,” said Yesunas.
NAVMAG Indian Island will now be forwarded on as the Navy’s small industrial shore category nominee for the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Awards.