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Press Release | April 21, 2001

National Security Agency is Recognized For Its Innovative Occupational, Health and Safety Programs

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) has been selected by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) as a winner of the annual Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA) competition. ACOEM examiners and a panel of corporate judges recognized NSA's Office of Occupational Health, Environmental, and Safety Services (OHESS) for its remarkable innovation, excellence, and exemplary standards, and they encouraged other organizations to use NSA programs as models.

ACOEM, an international society of 7,000 occupational medicine physicians, recognizes the best corporate health programs in America through the CHAA competition. This contest honors and provides national recognition to North American companies that demonstrate superior employee health, safety and environmental management programs. Competing organizations were judged on their commitment to, and excellence in, creating comprehensive and innovative health, safety and environmental management programs. Examiners looked for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas: healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company, and management and leadership.

"Winning the CHAA award is especially gratifying because NSA is the first and only entity in government ever to receive this prestigious honor," NSA/CSS Director, Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden said. "NSA is committed to providing the safest and healthiest working environments for its employees and is proud that its programs can be paradigms for other agencies to follow."

NSA OHESS representatives formally accepted the national award on April 23 during ACOEM's annual conference held in San Francisco, California.