UPF Project celebrates five million safe working hours

Posted: January 4, 2017 - 3:18pm

In November 2016, the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Project celebrated a significant safety milestone: five million hours without a lost-time injury.

“We attribute this significant achievement to a proactive approach and uncompromising safety vigilance,” said UPF Environmental Safety and Health Manager Gary Hagan. “Safety expectations are baked into our everyday project life.”

UPF’s last lost-time incident was three years ago in January 2014.

Hagan said project leaders that make decisions based on safety and an insistence on an injury-free day for every colleague have resulted in a culture where people care about safety for themselves and their co-workers.

“We don’t just have a few senior safety leaders; we have 1,200 plus safety leaders at all levels of the organization,” said Project Manager Valerie McCain. “As a result, we’ve seen people’s behaviors and actions demonstrate they value safety for themselves and their co-workers.”

UPF is a $6.5 billion, first-of-its kind complex being built for enriched uranium operations in support of Y-12 National Security Complex missions.