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ORAU achieves 3 million safe work hours

Milestone includes laboratory operations, radiation emergency response, and environmental cleanup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 21, 2013
FY13-07

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU and its subcontractors have marked a key safety milestone—three million safe work hours without any days away, restricted or transferred (DART) as a result of injury. The accomplishment occurred over a 10-month time period, since the corporation’s last DART case in February 2012.

“When you consider the various environments that ORAU employees work in—cytogenetic, radiochemistry, and beryllium laboratories; radiation emergency response; and environmental cleanup, to name a few—this truly is a significant achievement,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Because our employees are ever mindful of safety, regardless of the task, ORAU is able to demonstrate value to our customers by avoiding increased costs due to lost productivity.”

With more than 1,200 employees in 19 locations across the U.S., ORAU mitigates potential hazards by applying the functions and principles of Integrated Safety Management, the U.S. Department of Energy’s standard for safe operations.

In 2012, DOE presented ORAU with its eighth consecutive Voluntary Protection Program “Star of Excellence” award for its management of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The “Star of Excellence” award is presented by DOE to contractors who meet exceptional safety and health standards, and who achieve an injury and illness rate 75 percent below the national comparative standard set by the North American Industry Classification System.

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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