September 20, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), received national recognition at the 32nd Annual National Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA) annual conference held recently in Kissimmee, Florida.
The VPPPA is a nonprofit organization working to drive safety, health and environmental excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management and government. Many DOE project sites across the nation are members. SRR has been recognized as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Site since 2009, when it became the SRS liquid waste contractor.
At the conference, SRR was awarded the 2016 Star of Excellence, and two SRR employees were recognized with Safety and Health Achievement Awards.
The 2016 Safety and Health Achievement Awards were presented to Chris Holley, SRR Electrical and Instrumentation First Line Manager at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), and Michael Young, SRR Sheet Metal Mechanic. Holley and Young became the fourth and fifth SRR employees to earn the award in the past four consecutive years.
“I work safely because I want to continue enjoying life with my wife and children without the detrimental results of an injury.” Holley said. “Being recognized at the conference as a VPPPA Safety and Health Achievement Award winner was a great honor. It was a surreal experience being awarded by a company that has such an exceptional safety record.”
Both employees were nominated for their exemplary leadership in workplace safety. Holley served as the chair of the Local Safety Improvement Team (LSIT) in the SRS Tank Farms, where about 35 million gallons of radioactive waste is stored in 43 underground waste tanks. Young serves as the chairman of the Construction LSIT, a group of employees dedicated to working safely. Young attributes his success to his team. more
"Receiving this prestigious award would not be possible without the great supporting workforce at SRR, especially those who show support to our LSIT,” Young said. “I’m especially appreciative for the management team who has instituted a program built on a foundation of integrity and a commitment to health and safety."
SRR also received the Star of Excellence award given by the DOE-VPP for having an outstanding safety and health program and for maintaining a Total Recordable Case rate of injuries 75 percent lower than the industry average. To receive this award, SRR has demonstrated the five elements of VPP: Management Leadership, Employee Involvement, Worksite Analysis, Hazard Prevention and Control, and Safety and Health Training.
Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said receiving the DOE-VPP Star of Excellence award is a great testament to SRR’s safety and health program and is the highest recognition from the customer in the area of safety and health.
“Winning the DOE-VPP Star of Excellence Award affirms that SRR demonstrates a strong safety culture with nearly 2,000 employees who come to work every day with a mindset of working safely,” Foster said. “I congratulate Chris Holley and Michael Young for receiving the Safety and Health Achievement Award. Both men are exemplary leaders in the field who display notable attention toward working safely and who view the well-being of their coworkers as important as their own.”
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at SRS, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins and URS Professional Solutions.