George W. Burke, Jr., Safety Award
This award recognizes active and effective safety programs in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities. This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and WEF as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing WEF's annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety training aids and promotional packets. The purpose of this award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities. Award presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association Annual Meeting.
The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award. Nominated facilities and collection systems must demonstrate and illustrate an active and effective safety program and an outstanding safety record for the preceding calendar year. The award is presented to the facility or collection system that receives the highest questionnaire score from all three PWEA safety award classes. Additionally, the PWEA is allowed full freedom to establish its own criteria. The size of the membership dictates the frequency with which PWEA is eligible to make nominations.
Facility of Collection System must have a least one active member of the WEF.
The Safety Committee submits a nomination for the recipient of the George W. Burke, Jr. Award to the Awards Committee; the Awards Committee is responsible for making final selection of award recipient. Final selection is submitted to WEF by the PWEA Awards Committee.