The liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site has been recognized for its safety efforts.
Savannah River Remediation was awarded the 2016 Star of Excellence, and two SRR employees were recognized with Safety and Health Achievement Awards at the 32nd annual National Voluntary Program Participants’ Association annual conference held recently in Kissimmee, Fla. The association is a nonprofit organization working to drive safety, health and environmental excellence.
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, 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 years, according to a Department of Energy news release.
Both workers were nominated for their leadership in workplace safety. Holley served as the head of the Local Safety Improvement Team 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 Local Safety Improvement Team.
SRR also received the Star of Excellence award 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 demonstrated the five key elements: management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training, according to the release.
Tom Foster, SRR president and project manager, said receiving the 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 in the release. “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.”