WLSSD’s Safety Program Earns Burke Safety Award

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. May 20, 2015 – The Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) has awarded the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District’s (WLSSD) its 2015 George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The award is one of the region’s highest safety program honors in the wastewater industry and recognizes WLSSD’s active and effective safety program and safety record. The prestigious award was presented to WLSSD by Tom Bowen of the Water Environment Federation at the Central States Water Environment Association annual meeting today in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
Crystal Nicolai, WLSSD’s Safety Compliance Manager, accepted the award on behalf of the District. “The safety of our employees is one of our top priorities,” said Nicolai. “It’s an honor that our safety program is highly regarded. However, the most important measure of our success is that we are able to achieve our clean water and solid waste goals while sending our employees home safe and healthy every day. It demonstrates the commitment of every WLSSD employee to make our facilities both effective and a safe place to work.”

This award is the most recent in a series of honors WLSSD has received for its safety program. Earlier this month, WLSSD was awarded the Minnesota Safety Council’s Governor’s Safety Award recognizing WLSSD’s “superior performance in workplace safety and health”. WLSSD is also recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for its achievement as a Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) worksite. MNSHARP is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes organizations where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses. WLSSD is the first and only public organization to earn the MNSHARP recognition. Of the 186,000 job sites in Minnesota, only 33 are MNSHARP recognized-four of these sites are WLSSD facilities. WLSSD first earned this recognition in 2008 and continues to hold the designation today. To maintain the MNSHARP designation, WLSSD facilities, practices, records and safety performance and programming undergo rigorous inspections every three years.


For immediate release: 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Contact: Karen L. Anderson, Director of Community Relations
(218) 740-4776

The CSWEA is a member organization of the Water Environment Federation, covering the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. WEF and its member associations proudly work to achieve the mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries in 17 communities within its 530 square mile service area in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.