Savannah River Site liquid waste program wins safety, health award for 13th consecutive year

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Sep. 11—The liquid waste program at the Savannah River Site has earned a safety and health award from the U.S. Department of Energy for the 13th consecutive year.

The program received a Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence preceding the National VPP Participants' Association Safety+ Symposium in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 22.

The program is managed and operated by Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC).

SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson said the VPP designation results from long-term dedication to safety.

"Safety should always be a significant concern," Olson said. "The safety of our employees is a core company value. We are continuously seeking new ways to improve safety while maintaining a high level of performance."

Eddie Magness, SRMC's manager of safety and health programs, said the award recognizes employees' efforts to observe safety guidelines and create a safer work environment.

"It is our employees who have earned this award," Magness said. "Each day, they have demonstrated our core value of safety and concern for protecting themselves and guarding the safety of others. They are to be commended and congratulated for this achievement."

The award is presented to organizations that demonstrate outstanding performance in meeting established safety and health goals, actively conduct outreach to others, and achieve an injury and illness rate that is 75% better than the average of other U.S. businesses in the same industry.

The liquid waste program has won a similar award each year since 2009.