RICHLAND, Wash.- Fluor Hanford workers at the Effluent Treatment Facility are being recognized for their safety record.
After eleven years in operation, the facility is now one of only 26 Department of Energy "Star Status" projects in the country.
It is the highest safety honor DOE bestows.
Now, 12 of the 26 "Star Status" sites nationwide are at Hanford.
"Elimination of risk is really what the EM programs are all about across the complex. Particularly the risk of unearthing buried waste and dealing with liquids," said Fluor Hanford President and CEO Ron Gallagher.
Fluor employees raised the official flag at a ceremony on the site today. It is a testament to their hard work promoting safety.
"Our success is because of the dedicated Hanford workforce who everyday is committed to working together to reach the highest level of safety performance," said Keith Klein, Manager of the Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office.
But the award isn't the biggest reward from the project.
"Participation in VPP has improved the safety and health of every DOE site that has elected to embrace it," said Patty Bubar from the DOE's Office of Corporate Safety Analysis.
The team also found a fun way to remember safety by making fancy shirts depicting their motto, "Wipe Out Accidents."
Fluor Hanford operates eight of the 12 "Star Status" projects at Hanford, but they add, safety is only one part of the legacy, cleanup is what they see as their real legacy.