VA AWWA Larry Gordon Safety Award

This award was established in 2013 to encourage waterworks facilities to participate in promoting an active and effective safety program and to recognize those facilities that do.  The award was named after Larry Gordon of Spotsylvania County Utilities, an active member of the Accident Prevention and Safety Committee prior to losing his battle with cancer.  Mr. Gordon was a major proponent of safety practices and safety training.  The award selection committee is a sub-committee of the Safety and Security Committee.

The waterworks facility shall be the member of the Virginia Section either as a Utility Member or have at least one individual member employed at the facility.  The facility must also submit to an interview process to include an on-site visit and safety program review by the Safety and Security sub-committee.

A complete application must be submitted to the Safety and Security Champion, Ronnie Baker ( by July 10, 2020

The award will be presented to a facility representative at the Joint Annual Meeting VA AWWA awards luncheon. 

The purpose of the VA AWWA Larry Gordon Safety Award is to encourage members to engage in an active and effective safety program in water utilities in the aspects of source water, water treatment, and water testing and water distribution.
Benefits of Submitting an Application:
  • Benchmark your facility safety program
  • Remove or mitigate safety hazards
  • Promotes facility safety awareness among staff and management
  • Identify safety program improvements
  • Reduce workplace accidents
  • Be recognized as a safe workplace by peers
  • Helps prepare your facility and staff for a Virginia OSHA (VOSH) Inspection
  • Demonstrates to your employee's and management’s commitment to a safe work environment
  1. Facilities that received this award within the previous 2 years are not eligible.
  2. Facilities that have applied in previous years and not won this award are encouraged to apply
  3. At least one (1) employee of the nominated facility must have a current membership status (in any category) in VA AWWA.
Facility Inspection: 
Upon receipt of your application, the VA AWWA Safety Awards champion will schedule a visit to your facility to review your overall safety program.  A winner will be selected by July 31, 2020, and notified as soon as the results are final.  The winning facility will be recognized with an award presented at the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (WaterJAM). 
Areas of Interest
To the inspection team are; but not limited to:
  • Evidence of a good safety record
  • Facility-specific written Safety Program
  • Maintenance of all safety equipment (Life Safety & Personal Protective Equipment - PPE)
  • A walkthrough of the facility for safety compliance and level of security
  • Any other information that would complement the facilities safety compliance and level of security
  • Safety Training Course Program & Documentation of syllabus and attendance.