Safe + Sound Week Celebrates Daily Commitment to Safety

By Kerry McGinley

What looked like an end-of-summer picnic at Kentucky Consular Center was actually the celebration of a year-round effort to safeguard the wellbeing of the roughly 400 PAE employees who work there. They fired up the grill, took a break from the grind and welcomed Williamsburg, Kentucky, Mayor Roddy Harrison, whose wife worked at KCC. 

“We want everybody safe,” said Dwayne Steely, operations manager at KCC. “We want them to go home to their families every night. I care about my staff. I think they realize that. Things like this just show them that we care about them.”

The KCC event was in conjunction with Safe + Sound Week, which the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration promotes throughout the United States. PAE was one of more than 2,700 companies that registered to take part in events focused on safety in the workplace. 

Stephen Easley, corporate director of Risk Management/Occupational Health and Safety, said Safe + Sound Week is a chance to recognize the success of PAE’s programs and share additional information on how to keep employees safe. Successful programs identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, he said. 

“Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get our programs reenergized, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes,” he said. 

The Williamsburg site was one of dozens of PAE locations around the world to take part in Safe + Sound Week. Both of PAE’s lines of business, National Security Services and Global Mission Services, coordinated efforts to take part in the OSHA event as part of a company-wide effort to keep safety at the forefront. 

Randy Van Dusen, director of Quality Assurance/Environment, Safety & Health for GMS, said the week is just one example of how his team works year-round to keep employees safe on a global scale. 

“We interface with our program daily on all compliance and safety matters supporting our Quality Management System, and Safe + Sound is just one of many events we do while supporting out teams in the field,” he said. “Other examples are internal audits, newsletters, red border alerts and direct support to the functionals.” 

All the efforts across divisions, programs and locations are part of a global effort to protect employees and the client, Easley said. 

“Operating safety is sound business practice,” he said.