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Department of Social Services Risk Management Team recognized at annual conference

July 17, 2009

BALTIMORE -- The Washington County Department of Social Services' Risk Management Team was recognized recently at the State Employees' Risk Management Administration's Annual Conference at Morgan State University.

The group won the Health and Safety Group Award of Excellence in Risk Management.

The team was nominated for its work this past year for its ongoing effort to provide the safest working environment for the staff and customers.

The group had numerous accomplishments this past year. A few of the accomplishments included conducting safety awareness training for all staff, training 68 staff members in CPR and first aid, improving security at the family center, enhancing the panic button system in the conference and interview rooms, equipping all public areas with spill kits and security guards equipped with cell phones for easy accessibility.

The agency also reduced its claims by 35 percent in fiscal year 2008.

The team makes every attempt to have an ongoing commitment to making the agency a safe place for the staff and customers.

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The Washington County Department of Social Services is a field office of the Maryland Department of Human Resources under the direction of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Secretary Brenda Donald.

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