Idaho Falls, ID – September 22, 2022 – North Wind Solutions, LLC Transuranic Waste Processing Center (TWPC) project is proud to have been awarded a Star of Excellence under the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE-VPP). The DOE-VPP promotes safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and government at the Department of Energy (DOE) contractor sites.
Contractors whose programs meet the requirements for outstanding safety and health programs receive STAR recognition, the highest achievement level. The criteria for “Star of Excellence” sites include approaching a recordable incident injury rate that is 75 percent better than the average of other U.S. businesses in the same industry code.
“I am so proud that TWPC employees are highly engaged in our work planning and execution, thereby sustaining and growing our safety and health culture. Our employees’ diligence in maintaining a questioning attitude and their willingness to pause work if something does not seem quite right is fundamental to our safe operations,” said Linda Beach, TWPC Program Manager.
The DOE initiated its VPP in January 1994 to promote improved safety and health performance through public recognition of outstanding programs. DOE-VPP also includes coverage of radiation protection/nuclear safety and emergency management because of the type and complexity of DOE facilities. Like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) VPP program, 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.