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Hanford Contractor Receives Awards for Safety

September 30, 2013 - 12:00pm


RICHLAND, Wash. – A Hanford site contractor supporting EM’s cleanup program has again received a prestigious safety award from DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International (ATL) was presented the Star of Excellence Award for safety at the 29th annual VPP Participants Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Since it became a prime contractor at Hanford in 2005, ATL has received the award twice for committing to the principles of VPP, reaching established safety and health goals and attaining an injury and illness rate well below the average for similar businesses.

ATL also received the 2013 Outreach Award alongside other Hanford prime contractors. This award recognizes outreach activities related to VPP along with efforts to encourage others to participate in the program.

VPP was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1982, and DOE adopted a similar program in partnership with OSHA in 1994. VPP recognizes employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.