DOE names Bechtel BWXT Idaho and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project as a VPP Star Site
Rick Provencher of DOE-ID, Jeff Mousseau of BBWI
and co-safety chairs Tracy Anderson and Josh Wallace raise the VPP flag indicating
the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is a Star site.
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The U.S. Department of Energy today announced it has recognized Bechtel BWXT
Idaho at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project as a Star site in its
Voluntary Protection Program. The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is
located at the U.S. Department of Energy�s Idaho Site, and is managed and
operated for DOE by Bechtel BWXT Idaho.
�The Department�s recognition of AMWTP as a Star site comes after an
extensive review of the project�s safety practices, the knowledge employees have
about safety procedures, and our determination that this truly is a site where
management and employees have a comprehensive safety and health management
program,� said DOE Idaho Operations Office Deputy Manager Rick Provencher.
Employees at AMWTP have compiled a remarkable safety record. Since December
2003, employees have worked more than 8.8 million hours without a lost time
injury. In addition, employees recently passed the one million hour mark of
working without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable
�The VPP flag is an important symbol for our workforce,� said Tracy Anderson,
co-chair of the AMWTP Employee Safety & Improvement Team which promotes employee
safety at AMWTP. �VPP is not another program, it is a way of life. What we�ve
learned about safety on the job we take home and share with our family and
Nearly 900 employees and subcontractors work at AMWTP, carrying out its
mission to retrieve, characterize, process, package and ship historically
managed stored transuranic nuclear waste for shipment to permanent disposal
sites outside of Idaho. The safe work environment has contributed to AMWTP
safely shipping more radioactive waste than any other site in the DOE Complex
during the past four years.
�The recognition of AMWTP as a VPP Star site is a true testament to safe and
compliant approach that employees have toward their work,� said Jeff Mousseau,
president and general manager of Bechtel BWXT Idaho, which manages and operates
AMWTP for the Department of Energy. �The recognition we are receiving from the
Department is further evidence that AMWTP is worthy of being considered among
the safest of the safe sites within the complex.�
To become a VPP Star Site requires a high degree of management commitment and
employee involvement; a high-quality worksite analysis, hazard prevention and
control program; and comprehensive safety and health training for all employees.
Each of these elements must be effective, in place and in operation for at least
one year before a company can apply to join the VPP. AMWTP is the third
Star-recognized contractor at DOE�s Idaho Site. Also recognized as Star sites
are CH2M-WG Idaho, contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project, and Batelle Energy
Alliance, contractor for the Idaho National Laboratory. Approval as a VPP Star
site is DOE�s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and
employees who go beyond compliance, and partner to actively assess, prevent, and
control the potential health and safety hazards at the facility.
Editorial Date July 30, 2009
By Bradley Bugger