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Keeping a Focus on Safety at TSA

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Robert Nunnery engages colleagues about safety at the airport. Photo courtesy of TSA Dallas/Fort WorthRobert Nunnery, who's been with TSA since the beginning, is the Occupational Safety and Health Specialist assigned to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and is responsible for providing safety and technical support for all of the airport's safety, health and environmental programs and policies.

Nunnery joined TSA as part of the original 300-employee Mobile Screening Force—federalizing Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall and John F Kennedy airports. His extensive experience includes managerial roles at DFW and Shreveport Regional Airport in Louisiana.

Regardless of his role, safety has always remained close to his heart. In fact, when Nunnery was in Shreveport, he was selected for the employee-driven National Advisory Council and then co-chair of the safety committee. That small group conceived, developed, designed and helped roll out the I've Got Your Back program nationally.

Nunnery's roots at DFW reach back to his youth. One of his first jobs, he recalls, was being part of a crew responsible for laying down DFW's original tarmac.

What I do as a safety officer matters on several levels. It matters that we are looking out for our personnel before, during, and after work. Our employees are a highly trained, educated, and experienced asset, representing the most critical link in our mission. If our equipment fails or breaks down, we can adapt and continue with our mission. But if our workforce fails or breaks down, we stop and so does everything else.

In your own words, why is the Safety Officer position so important to TSA and its mission? Simply put, the airport Safety Officer does everything possible to prevent employee injuries. I want each employee to have the confidence knowing that “I've Got Their Back” when it comes to the safety posture of my airport. I want them to know that someone is looking at equipment, procedures, obligations and responsibilities and is accountable for ensuring the highest safety standards are met every day so every employee can fulfill their duties with confidence. I want them to know that they have one of the most important jobs in the world – ensuring the safety and security of the traveling public. Along with my colleagues across the agency, our number one job is to make sure employees can carry out TSA's counterterrorism mission in a safe and healthy working environment.

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 18 March 2013