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ORAU–managed ORISE again recognized as DOE “Legacy of Stars” site for outstanding safety and health performance

ORAU safety and health director honored for excellent program leadership


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October 20, 2010
FY11-02

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, was recently named a 2010 Legacy of Stars site. This is the second consecutive time ORISE has received the prestigious designation, which is held by only nine U.S. Department of Energy sites nationwide. ORISE first achieved this designation in 2008.

Contractor Champions Award plaque honoring Robert Kapolka, ORAU director of environment, safety and health; 2010 Legacy of Stars trophy; 2010 Star of Excellence plaque

ORAU and ORISE received three awards from DOE recognizing outstanding safety performance. Pictured L to R: Contractor Champions Award plaque honoring Robert Kapolka, ORAU director of environment, safety and health; 2010 Legacy of Stars trophy; 2010 Star of Excellence plaque

To earn a Legacy of Stars designation, a site must participate in DOE's Voluntary Protection Program and achieve the Star of Excellence Award, for three consecutive years. ORISE has maintained this status for five consecutive years through the continued pursuit of safety and health excellence, the implementation of outstanding outreach and mentoring efforts, and by maintaining a recordable injury rate that is 75 percent better than the average of comparable U.S. businesses.

In addition, Robert Kapolka, ORAU director of environment, safety and health, was one of only four safety program leaders recognized by DOE as a "Contractor Champion" for his excellent performance in advancing ORISE's participation in DOE's Voluntary Protection Program.

"Safety is integral to everything we do, so achieving this elite designation validates our work and the safety-focused culture we strive to create," said Andy Page, president and CEO of ORAU. "In addition to leading our safety efforts, Bob Kapolka is a tireless mentor, sharing our VPP best practices with other organizations. He is a tremendous advocate for safety in our industry."

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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