AIKEN, S.C. (October 4, 2017) – Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS), was again nationally recognized at the 33rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA) annual conference, receiving the Star of Excellence award. SRR has been recognized as a VPP Site since 2009, when it became the SRS liquid waste contractor.
This award was presented to SRR by the DOE-VPPPA 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. SRR met the criteria to receive this award by demonstrating the five elements of VPP: Management Leadership, Employee Involvement, Worksite Analysis, Hazard Prevention and Control, and Safety and Health Training.
SRR employees Penny Miller and Arlene Williams attended the conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and accepted the 2017 Star of Excellence Award on behalf of SRR.
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.
Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said receiving the DOE-VPP Star of Excellence award exemplifies SRR’s commitment to safety and health and is the highest recognition from the customer in the area of safety and health.
“Winning the DOE-VPP Star of Excellence Award is a testament to SRR’s strong safety culture,” Foster said. “We employ approximately 2,000 employees who come to work every day with a mindset of working safely not only for themselves, but for their families, coworkers, and their community, and I congratulate them for their commitment.”
SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.