According to B&W Y-12 Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Operations Bill Klemm, “VPP is THE standard for safety.”
The Y-12 National Security Complex now flies the VPP Star flag after a ceremony held June 5. The flag signifies Y-12’s recent achievement of DOE-VPP Star status, a significant safety and health validation, and it will fly over the site’s New Hope Center.
Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, the DOE Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) flag was presented to Y-12 by Dan Hoag, NNSA acting site manager. “Achieving DOE-VPP Star status is a significant achievement for B&W Y-12,” Hoag said. “It is a symbol of excellence in the pursuit of health and safety. VPP represents a strong commitment by Y-12 employees, the unions and management to continually strive for a safe workplace.”
B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst, B&W Y-12 Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Operations Bill Klemm, and Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Steve Jones accepted the flag.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who represents the third congressional district of Tennessee, spoke at the ceremony. “Being recognized as a DOE-VPP site shows that there is a team atmosphere among workers. Labor and management are looking out for one another and providing a safe work environment. By becoming a DOE-VPP Star site, you are showing your dedication for the safety and security of our nation,” Fleischmann said.
DOE-VPP encourages and recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health protection and closely mirrors the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) VPP. Available to all contractors and subcontractors in the DOE complex, DOE-VPP outlines areas in which participants can surpass compliance with DOE orders and OSHA standards. Currently 28 entities across the United States hold DOE-VPP Star status.
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