September 22, 2014
Aiken, S.C. -- Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), won three awards at the 30th Annual National Voluntary Protection Program Participants' Association (VPPPA) annual conference held recently in Baltimore, Md.
The VPPPA is a nonprofit organization working to drive safety, health and environmental excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management and government. Several qualified DOE project sites across the nation are members. SRR has been recognized as a VPP Site since 2009, when it became the SRS liquid waste contractor.
At the conference, SRR was awarded the 2014 VPP Innovation Award, the 2014 Safety Health Achievement Award, and was recognized again as a VPP Legacy of Stars recipient.
"This was a big night for SRR," said Patricia Allen, SRR's Director of Environmental, Safety, Health, Quality Assurance and Contractor Assurance. "We were the only project that received three awards. This speaks volumes for the safety culture practiced by our employees every day, all year long."
SRR received the Innovation award for the successful implementation of the mobile slip simulator. Created by SRR parent company, URS, the slip simulator allowed SRR employees to replicate walking on a sheet of ice while being harnessed to a support beam to prevent falling. The innovation reinforced SRR's MoveSMART® Balance initiative, which provides education and information to employees to help reduce the number of injuries due to slips, trips or falls.
The Safety and Health Achievement Award was given to Arlene Williams, an SRR Tank Farm production operator, who became the second SRR employee to earn the award in as many years. She was recognized for the award because of her tireless and rigorous efforts to promote safety among her fellow employees and for working safely herself, something that Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager, appreciates.
"Arlene is an exemplary representation of the SRR safety culture," said MacVean. "She actively supports the safety process on both the facility and company levels, while looking out for her fellow employees."
SRR also received the VPP Legacy of Stars recognition, which distinguishes a company that has excelled in outreach and mentoring in VPP, and has demonstrated sustained excellence in worker safety and health. This is the fourth such award received by SRR and the legacy SRS liquid waste company. SRR is one of just two contractors in the DOE complex to have received four Legacy of Stars awards.
SRS is owned by DOE. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by SRR, a team of companies led by URS Corporation with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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