Source: ORISE | News Release | October 22, 2019

DOE presents ORISE its 14th Star of Excellence Award  for safety and health

DOE Director of Office of Worker Safety and Health Assistance and DOE Office of Health and Safety Bradley Davy (right) presents the 14th Star of Excellence Award to ORISE Environment, Safety and Health representative Mark Berkheimer.

For the 14th year in a row, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has met the exceptional health and safety standards set by the Department of Energy, who recently presented ORISE with the Star of Excellence Award during DOE’s annual Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association national conference.

The Star of Excellence award represents the highest achievement level held by DOE sites nationwide. It is presented to contractors who meet exceptional safety and health standards, such as an injury and illness rate of 75 percent better than the national average of comparable U.S. businesses. The award also recognizes ORISE’s role in actively mentoring other companies to help improve their safety performance.

“Protecting the safety and health of our employees is a top priority for ORISE,” said ORISE Director of Environment, Safety and Health Tom Wantland. “Achieving this award for the 14th time reflects ORISE’s ongoing commitment to excellence in health and safety, and it proves that our culture and processes are concurrent with DOE standards.”

DOE initiated VPP in January 1994 to promote improved safety and health performance through public recognition of outstanding programs. It also includes coverage of radiation protection/nuclear safety and emergency management because of the type and complexity of DOE facilities. DOE-VPP provides several proven benefits to participating sites, including improved labor/management relations, reduced workplace injuries and illnesses, increased employee involvement, improved morale, reduced absenteeism and public recognition.