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ORAU announces new director for Environment, Safety and Health

Wantland promoted to director of ORAU’s Environment, Safety and Health program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2012
FY12-34

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has announced the promotion of Tom Wantland to director of its Environment, Safety and Health program. Wantland, who has been serving as the manager of safety and environmental management at ORAU will now oversee the daily operations of this program and assume the role of ORAU’s corporate safety director.

Tom Wantland

Tom Wantland

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“Throughout Tom’s more than 20 years here at ORAU, he has been integral to ORAU’s ability to build a strong safety culture,” said Andy Page, ORAU CEO and President. “His contributions have helped us achieve such elite honors as the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program Star Site designation for safety and the ISO 14001 certification for environmentally responsible operations. We are confident that he will continue in his new position to uphold the legacy of our unwavering commitment to safety, health and environmental responsibility.”

DOE recently named ORAU a VPP Star Site for its seventh year in a row for the management of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE). The recognition represents DOE’s highest achievement level for contractors who meet the requirements for outstanding safety and health programs. Additionally, ORAU received an ISO 14001 certification for its compliance with and commitment to continuous improvement in its environmental management system. This includes pollution prevention, energy conservation and waste reduction.

Wantland’s new duties will include those oversight programs that comprise safety, industrial hygiene, environmental protection, radiation safety, fire protection, and a robust recycling program.

Wantland received his B.S. in business administration and M.S. in occupational health and safety from the University of Tennessee. In 2011, he received a certificate in the Executive Program in Safety Management from the American Society of Safety Engineers. Additionally, Wantland has 32 years of experience in the field of professional safety management and is a certified hazardous materials manager.

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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