The Nevada National Security Sites (NNSS) was presented with two coveted awards from the DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) during the September 17-20 VPP Participants’ Association Safety+ Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
The VPP Legacy of Stars award was presented to MSTS, managing and operating contractor of the NNSS. Legacy of Stars recognizes a company that achieved the VPP Star of Excellence award in its previous three years and reached Legacy of Stars award status during its fourth year for continued outreach, mentoring and excellence in worker safety and health.
“The Legacy of Stars award recognizes that MSTS has employees who are willing to go above and beyond in mentoring and assisting other DOE and OSHA sites with their VPP program,” said Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manager Coby Moke. “This award also shows the commitment our employees have to safety and for the responsibility they feel to making sure their co-workers go home safely every day.”
SOC, which managed Protective Force operations for the NNSS and is now unified under the MSTS contract, received the Star of Excellence, awarded for an injury/illness rate at least 75 percent below the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average, reaching annual VPP goals, actively mentoring other companies and demonstrating strong community involvement.
The NNSS achieved Star Site status earlier this year and has been active with the VPP since 2009. VPP was established in 1994 to promote improved safety and health performance through public recognition of outstanding programs.