RICHLAND -- The Hanford vitrification plant has received one of three 2012 Safe-in-Sound awards presented by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Hearing Conservation Association.
The vitrification plant, which is being designed and constructed by Department of Energy contractor Bechtel National, is the first construction project to receive the award.
It was recognized for its strategies to address challenges in the areas of noise monitoring, risk evaluation and risk communication; for adopting the NIOSH-recommended exposure limits; for promoting involvement of the work force; and for encouraging the adoption of their strategies across Bechtel.
"This recognition demonstrates that our comprehensive safety program, which includes an extensive hearing-loss prevention program, is viewed as effective and fully embraced by our employees," said Frank Russo, Bechtel project director, in a statement.
Also honored were Colgate-Palmolive and the 3M Hutchinson Plant in Minnesota.