Submarine Support Facility is Awarded for ‘Culture of Safety’
GROTON, Conn. — Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London was named the second place winner for the 2009 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Safety award in the small industrial site category via naval message March 2.
According to the message, the award recognizes “significant contributions to Navy safety and occupational health.”
NSSF New London, which employs military members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors, provides direct maintenance support to submarines assigned to Submarine Group Two and often supports visiting ships.
“This is a significant achievement for the command as a whole,” said Cmdr. Dale Green, NSSF Commanding Officer. “It takes the entire team to both follow the plan and actively work to improve it. Our Safety Department does an outstanding job of maintaining the overall safety process.”
Alan Heckman, NSSF’s Navy Occupational Safety & Health program manager, attributes his team’s success to a culture of safety and a proactive approach.
“I believe one of the best ways to create a culture is to involve everyone,” he said. “We use our monthly safety committee meetings and an indoctrination program for new arrivals.”
The committee is composed of volunteers from all areas of the command and is used as a platform to communicate ideas.
“We take time from the beginning to train our new personnel in safety,” Heckman said. “This includes a program that ensures each new Sailor is qualified to Navy standards.”
100311-N-3090M-022 GROTON, Conn. (March 11, 2010) – Helder Julart, an Electric Boat employee assigned to Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London’s R-9 division, operates the drill press. NSSF was named the second place recipient of the 2009 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Safety award in the small industrial site category March 2. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Steven Myers.