Salt Waste Processing Facility Project Earns DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star Status
PASADENA, CA Parsons announces that the Salt Waste Processing Facility project in Aiken, South Carolina, has achieved Star status under the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE-VPP). Through this program, the DOE recognizes excellence in worksite safety and health performance. Star status is the program's highest rating.
Parsons is the prime contractor on the Salt Waste Processing Facility, a $2.3 billion project designed to process the radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at the Savannah River site. Construction of the facility is among the DOE's highest environmental cleanup priorities and is a key component of its commitment to reducing risk at the site. At 93 percent complete, the project has a recordable injury case rate 70 percent below the industry average over the life of the project.
"Safety is a core value at Parsons," said Frank Sheppard, Parsons Vice President and Project Manager. "I am proud of our project team for their commitment to the well-being of their coworkers and for earning this well-deserved recognition by the DOE."
The Salt Waste Processing Facility was admitted to the DOE-VPP in 2013 with Merit status. The project team implemented an ambitious improvement plan focused on employee engagement, with the goal of achieving Star status. Key improvements included introducing weekly safety meetings and worker recognition incentive programs. Following a recent assessment, the DOE upgraded the site's status to Star, noting, Parsons has made great strides in improving the safety culture at the SWPF construction project.
Parsons has a strong health and safety record. The firm is one of only five companies in the nation currently participating in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) VPP Corporate program. Criteria for OSHA VPP Corporate status include a significant commitment to the program at the corporate level and a comprehensive, organization wide safety and health management system. To qualify at the site level, a workplace must pass a rigorous inspection and demonstrate a commitment to employee protection that exceeds OSHA standards. To date, 21 Parsons project sites have earned OSHA VPP Star status.