AIKEN, S.C. (June 11) – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Operations and Construction divisions, comprised of more than 5,400 employees, was recently awarded 2018 Occupational Excellence Awards from the National Safety Council (NSC) for their exemplary safety performance at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The NSC Occupational Excellence Award is bestowed upon employers that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal-to-or-less-than 50 percent of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rating for their type of industry for the previous calendar year.
SRNS has received the NSC Occupational Excellence Award for ten consecutive years and has received 35 safety awards from the organization since becoming the SRS Management and Operations contractor in 2008.
The National Safety Council has been a leader in advocating for workplace safety for more than 100 years. Their mission focuses on eliminating preventable injuries and deaths at work, home and on the roads through leadership, advocacy, research and education.
"SRNS employees continue to strive for safety performance excellence year-after-year. Safety has a longstanding legacy at SRS and our employees nurture a strong culture that serves as the foundation for all work performed by our diverse workforce,” said Stuart MacVean. “Regardless of the work environment – office, field or nuclear facility - the employee-led safety culture dictates that safety remains the overriding measure of excellence in all that we do to support our missions.”
During 2017, SRNS was also re-certified as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) participant. This Department of Energy-led program provides external validation of the health of safety programs and culture within contractor companies. Additionally, the workforce continued to earn safety awards from the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation during the year.
Combined, the SRNS workforce has amassed more than 13 million work hours without an injury causing a missed day of work since February of last year, marking the third time the company has surpassed the 10 million safe work-hour milestone. They continue to build on that record, having completed 2017 with the lowest annual injury rate in the company’s history.