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The Surety Program
 
The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant's (PCAPP) mission is the safe and evironmentally-sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the U.S. Army Chemical Depot. The Surety Program helps ensure that PCAPP employees are reliable, effective and competent to perform the important mission of safely destroying the chemical weapons stockpile. Chemical surety material in the possession of the U.S. Army is safeguarded against theft, loss, diversion and unauthorized access or use. Any tasks involving chemical surety materials are conducted with safety, security and reliability in mind. Chemical surety activities include:
  • Procedures to assess the reliability of employees
  • Overall procedural compliance
  • Physical security measures to prevent unauthorized access or use of chemical agents
  • Safe and secure acquisition, storage, handling, maintenance, transportation, inventory management and disposal of chemical surety material
  • Assessment of organizations and activities that possess, use or transfer chemical surety material
In addition, PCAPP has an on-site Emergency Response Team (ERT), with employees trained in hazardous materials, decontamination, rope rescue and more. In case agent-related incidents occur, the ERT is the first to respond to mitigate situations as the Medical team arrives. 
 

 


             

Personnel Reliability Program
 
The U.S. Army and the Bechtel Pueblo Team uses the utmost caution and diligence when handling chemical weapons, with the safety of employees, the public and the environment being the highest priority. A large part of this commitment to safety and security is the Army’s Personnel Reliability Program (PRP). The purpose of this program is to ensure that all employees performing duties directly involving chemical agents must meet and maintain the highest possible standards of reliability. 
 
More than 40% of PCAPP employees are in jobs that require maintaining PRP standards. Now that PCAPP has begun the Operations Phase of the plant as of September 7, 2016, employees continue to meet and exceed the strict requirements of the PRP.
 
To determine whether an employee is qualified to work in a PRP position, they must go through a series of interviews, background checks, medical and mental evaluations and drug tests. Employees
also recieve extensive on-going training in order to maintain the highest levels of safety for everyone.
 

PRP Standards
 
Some of the standards and requirements of the PRP include:
  • Physical competence, mental alertness and technical proficiency
  • Evidence of dependability, effectiveness and compliance when performing tasks
  • Ability to adapt to dynamic work environments
  • Evidence of good social judgement, emotional stability, decision making and prodecural compliance in adverse/emergency situations
  • Positive attitude toward chemical duties and the PRP
The PRP also looks for Potentially Disqualifying Information (PDI) that may effect an employee's PRP status such as physical, mental, emotional status, conduct and personal character, drug abuse, convictions and any other factors which may cast doubt upon an individual's ability or reliability to perform chemical duties.