As a volunteer on the MSA Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) team, where observation feedback and improvement ideas have helped MSA mature to a quality safety company, Cheryl’s voice on safety was loud and clear. She completed advanced certified safety courses giving her the knowledge to keep our safety councils and management teams informed and became a model for safety council work at MSA. Cheryl’s participation in many MSA training presentations allowed her to recognize and act on potential safety issues before they become serious. Those impacted by Cheryl’s commitment to safety will continue to benefit here at MSA and she will undoubtedly carry her safety mentality through retirement.
The Kathryn A. Wheeler Safety Leadership Award is awarded each year and recognizes a member of the MSA workforce who demonstrates support of safety through worker engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative and proactive. The award highlights the importance of a safe work environment, which is essential to a successful Hanford mission. It honors Kathryn A. Wheeler whose dedication to the safety of her coworkers embodied MSA’s safety culture principles. Kathryn passed away in 2012 and the annual award was established in her memory.