March 21, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) has awarded Arlene Williams, a Production Operator in the Tank Farm, the 2014 SRR Safety and Health Achievement Award for modeling exemplary safety leadership.
Arlene has spent 25 of her nearly 27 years at SRS in the liquid waste tank farms and lives and models safety consciousness on and off the job. She was chosen for this award for her exceptional involvement in many areas of environmental, safety and health (ESH) practices in her facility. "I am very pleased to receive the award and very concerned about the safety of my peers," Arlene said. Nominated by a co-worker, Arlene's input has proven especially valuable when overseeing tasks to ensure they are being performed safely.
"I know everyone joins me in congratulating Arlene as the recipient of the 2014 SRR Safety and Health Achievement Award," said Ken Rueter at the presentation ceremony. "She has demonstrated her involvement and personal ownership in safety for years as part of her facility's ESH program. She stands as a tribute to the SRR safety culture and establishment of a Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE)."
The award is intended to recognize a nominated hourly employee in the company who most actively supports the safety process on both the facility and company levels. This is the second year SRR has given the award and will continue to honor SRR employees who demonstrate exceptional safety during operations. The SRR Safety and Health Achievement Award is patterned after the Voluntary Protection Program Participant's Association (VPPPA) award.
After completing a rigorous application process including a series of questions regarding practical application of safety requirements, Arlene will vie for the annual national award given by VPPPA. The VPPPA Annual Awards recognize association member sites and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the mission of VPPPA during the previous year. The results for this award will be announced in July 2014.
The VPPPA is a global safety and health organization dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. A member-based organization, it features a number of programs to recognize the extraordinary efforts of member sites and individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve safety and health for the American workforce.
The Savannah River Site, located near Aiken, S.C., is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by Savannah River Remediation, a team of companies led by URS Corporation, with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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