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Departmental Safety and Health Awards Program

The Departmental Safety and Health Awards Program is administered under the guidelines of the general Department awards and Recognition Program. Supervisors  are encouraged to reward employees and stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace.  In addition to the Safety-specific awards below, supervisors and employees are encouraged to nominate worthy employees for the Department awards listed in DM Chapter 451.

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Professional Service Award

  • Purpose: The Professional Service Award (formerly the Award of Merit) recognizes employees throughout the Department who contributed in an outstanding manner to the Department’s Safety and Occupational Health Program. Employees would be recognized for demonstrating outstanding commitment to improving employee and/or visitor health and safety.
  • Award Authorities: The Department of the Interior Safety Awards program is governed by 370 DM 451 and 485 DM 10. 
  • Award Justification: This award recognizes and demonstrates management’s high regard for the DOI employees who have made unusual and significant contributions toward the achievement of positive results in the advancement of security, safety, and health in DOI.
  • Award Criteria:
    • Create a safety and health culture inclusive of all employees and activities.
    • Improve our ability to identify and abate unsafe conditions and practices.
    • Implement effective safety and health resourcing strategies.
    • Facilitate accountability and improvement through evaluation and monitoring.
    • Increase organizational safety and health awareness and program communication.
  • Eligible Award Recipients:
    • Managers and supervisors who have implemented the Department’s safety and health program in their jurisdictions in an outstanding manner, developing appropriate written and oral policies, plans and programs.
    • Employees whose primary work is not in safety and health, but whose superior accomplishments have advanced the cause of safety and health.
    • Employees with full-time or collateral duty safety and health responsibilities who have achieved outstanding results in furthering safety and health.
  • Recommendation and Approval Process:
    • The nominations should be prepared on a DI-451 (United States Department Of TheInterior Recommendation And Approval Of Awards),  The awards are presented at the U.S. Department of the Interior Honor Awards Convocation.
    • Any DOI employee may submit a nomination, but the the nomination and supporting documents must be prepared and submitted through supervisory channels to the appropriate bureau awards coordinator for review.

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Organizational Awards

Organizational Award of Merit

  • Purpose: This award is presented to organizations for outstanding safety and occupational health program achievement. The Organizational Award of Merit recognizes an organization that has performed a service for, or made a contribution of unusual value to the Department, bureau, or offices’ overall Safety and Occupational Health Program.  The organization’s endeavors must have contributed towards the establishment of a safe and healthful environment by having built a safety and health culture that will move the Department toward the goal of zero loss to human and material resources.  This award is similar to the Safety and Health Achievement Award; however it recognizes efforts that are more bureau/office based and have less of a national impact.
  • Award Authorities: The Department of the Interior Safety Awards program is governed by 370 DM 451 and 485 DM 10. 
  • Award Justification: This award recognizes and demonstrates management’s high regard for the DOI organizations that have made unusual and significant contributions toward the achievement of positive results in the advancement of security, safety, and health in DOI bureaus and offices.
  • Award Criteria:
    • Create a safety and health culture that strives for the prevention of accidents that may cause serious injuries or fatalities.
    • Improve their organizations’ ability to identify and abate unsafe conditions and practices.
    • Implement innovative work practices that enhance the bureau or office’s safety and health program awareness.
    • Facilitate accountability and improvement through evaluation and monitoring.
    • Develop risk-reduction methods and promote managerial action to lessen human and material resource loss.
    •  Advocate for the identification and control of safety, health, and environmental hazards.
  • Eligible Award Recipients:
    • All DOI bureau and office organizational components are eligible nominees for the award either individually o collectively.
  • Recommendation and Approval Process:
    • The nominations should be prepared on a DI-451 (United States Department Of The Interior Recommendation And Approval Of Awards),  The awards are presented at the bureau or office’s Safety Week Ceremony by Deputy Assistant Secretary, the Director, or their designee.
    • Any DOI employee may submit a nomination, but the nomination and supporting documents must be prepared and submitted through supervisory channels to the appropriate bureau awards coordinator for review.

Occupational Health and Safety Award of Excellence

  • Purpose: This award is the highest-level occupational health and safety award granted by the Department of the Interior and is presented annually by the Secretary of the Interior at the Honor Awards Convocation. The Occupational Health and Safety Awards of Excellence recognize individuals, groups, and organizations that have performed an outstanding service for, or made a contribution of unusual value to the occupational health and safety of employees, visitors and volunteers. The accomplishments of the individual, group, or organization contribute towards the establishment of a safe and healthful environment within the Department that builds a culture that will move the Department toward the goal of zero loss to human and material resources.
  • Award Authorities: The Department of the Interior Safety Awards program is governed by 370 DM 451 and 485 DM 10.
  • Award Justification: This award recognizes and demonstrates management’s high regard for the DOI employees who have made unusual and significant contributions toward the achievement of positive results in the advancement of security, safety, and health in DOI.
  • Award Criteria: Employees, volunteers and groups may receive this award. The following criteria will be followed:
  • Individuals and Group Criteria

      • Creating an occupational health and safety culture inclusive of all employees and activities
      • Improving ability to identify and abate hazards.
      • Implementing effective occupational health and safety resourcing strategies
      • Facilitating accountability and improvement through evaluation and monitoring.
      • Increasing awareness and communication within the occupational health and safety program
      • Managers and supervisors who have implemented the DOI occupational health and safety program in their jurisdiction in an outstanding manner, developing appropriate written and oral policies, plans and programs.
      • Employees whose primary work is not in occupational health and safety, but whose superior accomplishments have advanced the cause of occupational health and safety.
      • Employees with full-time of collateral duty safety and health responsibilities who have achieved outstanding results in furthering safety and health.

      Volunteers Criteria

      • Creating/maintaining a occupational health and safety culture that includes all employees, volunteers, visitors, and activities.
      • Improving ability to identify and abate hazards.
      • Facilitating evaluation and monitoring.
      • Increasing awareness and communication of the occupational health and safety program.
      • Volunteers who have participated in the successful implementation of the occupational health and safety programs in their jurisdiction, and achieving measurable results.
      • Volunteers whose primary work is not in occupational health and safety, but whose accomplishments have advanced the cause of safety and health.
  • Recommendation and Approval Process:
    • Nominations for the Occupational Health and Safety Award of Excellence will be made from the recipients of awards awarded under the bureau or office’s occupational health and safety award program.
    • Nominations will be reviewed and approved by the safety program manager and the bureau or office director. This review process will be documented and the bureau/awards coordinators shall assist with the documented review process.
    • Nominations are due in the DOI Awards Coordinator’s Office by the first week of February. Nominations will be on the Form DI-451. The Bureau/Awards Coordinators will conduct Bureau/Department records checks (Inspector General, OIG)
    • The Departmental awards committee will make the final selection of the awards and make the announcement to the Bureau/Office Awards Coordinators and Safety Council.
    • The Departmental Awards Coordinator will also request photographs and narratives for the awards program and ceremony.
    • The Office of Occupational Safety and Health will be responsible for the citation letter and award for individual presentations, and one commendation letter and one award per group/organizations award presentations. Providing additional commendation letters and awards for groups/organizations is the responsibility of the nominating bureau or office.


Bureau and Office Safety Award Programs

Department of the Interior Bureau and Offices are encouraged to set up their own Safety Award programs following Department guidelines and policies. 

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..Last Updated on 11/30/09