Savannah River Nuclear Solutions recognized for 2016 safety record

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions engineer Jeff Thibault (standing) and SRNS operator Harrel McCray work together to ensure environmental cleanup equipment at SRS is operating at maximum efficiency.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions was recently recognized for its safety performance in both operations and construction for work performed in 2016 with the National Safety Council’s 2017 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.

 

The award recognizes companies, business units and corporate facilities 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 in North America. An additional requirement stipulates the organization cannot have experienced an employee fatality during the calendar year in which they have been nominated for the award.

SRNS has received this award for occupational excellence for nine consecutive years, dating back to 2008.

“Savannah River Nuclear Solutions annually receives a number of prestigious safety awards, which collectively validate the effectiveness of our safety program,” said Kliss McNeel, SRNS senior vice president, environmental stewardship, safety and health. “These awards, especially this award from the National Safety Council, provides insight on the value we, as a company, place on the health and well-being of our family of employees.”

For more than 100 years, the National Safety Council has been a leader in workplace safety. According to the NSC, employers who show they care about the safety of their employees see improved morale, increased productivity, lower costs and fewer injuries.

During 2016, SRNS was also recognized at the 32nd annual National Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association Conference, receiving its 15th Star of Excellence Award for performance records in health and safety.

This program recognizes companies who maintain a total recordable injury case rate that is 75 percent lower than industry average. Recipient companies must also demonstrate excellence in the five tenants of the VPPPA program: worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, safety and health training, management leadership, and employee involvement.

Receipt of this award qualifies SRNS to compete for the National Safety Council’s Industry Leadership Awards, which will be presented in September.

Reach Thomas Gardiner at (706) 823-3339 or thomas.gardiner@augustachronicle.com

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