HERMISTON -- The Umatilla Chemical Depot has been awarded the Army Material Command Exceptional Organization Safety Award.
It is annually given to the battalion organization with the most effective overall safety program.
"Over the past several years (the depot) has worked hard to improve safety awareness, reduce accidents and prevent injuries," Lt. Col. Kris Perkins, depot commander, said in a statement.
The award covered work to provide safe and environmentally sound storage for unneeded chemical weapons.
The depot has focused on not just involving leadership, but engaging all employees to help reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and incidents, said Conrad Whyne, director of the Army Chemical Materials Agency, in a statement.
The depot's safety offices hold a safety stand down twice each year to look for conditions and circumstances with potential to cause injuries.
All employees complete ergonomic, fire extinguisher, personal protective equipment and shooter scenario training.
All employees receive winter driving hazard training, and an aggressive master driving program is required for anyone who drives a government vehicle.
Employees also cannot ride their motorcycles onto the site unless they have taken a motorcycle safety course.