All DOE Federal and contractor employees with hazardous chemicals in their workplace MUST complete the new Hazard Communications Standard Training, per 10 CFR 851, Worker Safety and Health Program, by DECEMBER 1, 2013.
Josh Silverman, Director of HSS' Office of Sustainability Support, was recently recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama for being selected as a 2013 Finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, also known as a "Sammie Award".
On Friday, October 25th 2013, HSS honored over 150 nuclear weapons program workers at the National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM). Hosted by NATM Director Allan Palmer, the event was conducted in recognition of the US Senate Resolution which designates October 30th as a National Day of Remembrance to recognize the Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers for their contribution, service and sacrifice for the defense of the United States.
Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and Deputy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman recently issued a joint Memorandum, entitled Personal Commitment to Health and Safety through Leadership, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Learning.
This course that provides an overview of the fundamentals of accident investigation. The course is intended to meet the every five year refresher training requirement for DOE Federal Accident Investigators under DOE O 225.1B Accident Investigations.
National Safety Month is recognized by employers, employees, and safety and health professionals throughout the country. During the month of June, HSS provided information, activities, and events pertaining to weekly themes.
A major milestone was reached in June of this year – over 100,000 exams have now been provided to former workers since the inception of the program. Since 1996, the program has made great strides in addressing the occupational health legacy of the Department’s 70-plus years of nuclear weapons design and production. We at the Office of Health, Safety and Security are especially proud of the emphasis we place on the importance of serving our workers.
About 200 Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees are Facility Representatives (FR) who provide day-to-day oversight of contractor operations at DOE facilities. Each year the Department presents the FR of the Year Award to recognize superior service. Mr. John C. Barnes from the Savannah River Operations Office was selected from a field of sixteen nominees as the 2012 DOE FR of the Year. He is responsible for operational oversight of key facilities at the Savannah River Site, including the F and H-Canyons and the HB-Line.
About 70 Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees serve as Safety System Oversight (SSO) personnel, providing federal oversight of contractor management of safety systems at DOE nuclear facilities. SSO personnel ensure that the engineered safety systems perform as required to protect the public, workers, and the environment. Each year the Department presents the SSO Annual Award to recognize superior service. Mr. Ronnie L. Alderson from the Nevada Field Office was selected from a field of nine nominees for the 2012 SSO Annual Award.
The Office of Health, Safety and Security'sNational Training Center (NTC) recently launched an exciting new DOE-wide voluntary Training Reciprocity and Collaboration initiative. Under the Reciprocity program, health and safety training programs may be evaluated to validate that they conform to the elements required for DOE training, and then be recommended for reciprocity throughout DOE.
The GreenBuy Program recognizes DOE sites for purchasing products that save energy, conserve water, and reduce health and environmental impacts. By participating in the GreenBuy Program, DOE sites leverage the Federal government purchasing dollars to achieve mission goals while improving the marketplace for greener products and reduce the overall impact of the Department's operations. In all, 27 Department of Energy (DOE) sites met a total of 150 product goals in 7 categories in FY2012.