Environmental Safety and Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Division plays a leadership role in protecting and preserving the environment and fostering and maintaining a safety and healthy workplace for employees at the NNSS. It does this through a variety of departments sharing a common goal: safety.
The management and operating contractor of the NNSS, as well as the security contractor, has earned multiple Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Awards over the years, recognized by the DOE. The program, created in 1994, closely parallels the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration VPP.
The DOE VPP Star Award signifies an organization’s superior level of performance in safety. To support the rigorous recertification process for maintaining the VPP status each year, several key safety committees, both at the NNSS and the North Las Vegas facility, have launched successful efforts to shift focus to those areas where safety is most important to the health and welfare of employees.
These committees include the Labor Alliance and Safety Committee (LASC), which represents workers at the Site; the Downtown Safety Committee (DSC), for those who work in North Las Vegas; and the Continuous Safety Improvement (CSI) Committee, for those non-bargaining employees who fill more administrative duties. To enhance sharing of information, representatives from LASC and DSC also attend CSI Committee meetings. All of these committees support the efforts of the President’s Safety Council, established in late 2014.
The Occupational Safety and Health Division oversees environmental programs and the radiological control department, providing resources to ensure the day-to-day protection of Site workers and the public.