ORNL Hits New Safety Record

Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:02 AM gHale

Safety records at manufacturers, or any company for that matter, is always a point of pride. UT-Battelle is no different as officials there just said Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) approximately 5,000 employees and subcontractors just passed the working 4 million hours without a serious injury milestone.

The new record of safe work performance, which began in September 2010, surpasses a previous record of 3.3 million hours in November 2008.

The safety accomplishment follows the Department of Energy’s December news that ORNL achieved a performance evaluation of A- in sustaining excellence and enhancing effectiveness of integrated safety, health and environmental protection.

ORNL focused a comprehensive safety program on preventing injuries that result in missed work or job restrictions. Joe Herndon, director of Environment, Safety, Health and Quality, said the laboratory has raised awareness of safe practices through a combination of training seminars, regular lab-wide employee communication, videos and site evaluations.

As a result, the laboratory has seen a decrease in the annual number of serious injury cases from 71 in 2000 to 16 in 2010. To date, the laboratory has recorded no serious injuries in Fiscal Year 2011.

“In a large laboratory with 15 research areas and multiple ongoing large construction projects, we are challenged every day with a work environment that changes rapidly,” Herndon said. “Our staff and subcontractors have exhibited a remarkable awareness of and commitment to not only their own safety, but the safety of those around them.”

ORNL reached a major accomplishment, but surely that is not all the safety accomplishments out in the industry. Send in a message and talk about your safety accomplishments. Send your note to ghale@isssource.com.

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