Voluntary Protection Program

Posted: February 14, 2013 - 9:53am

Protection against preventable illness and injury is not new to Y‑12. Excellent tools already function toward keeping us healthy and safe on the job, and in June, Y‑12 received the U.S. Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program Star status. We proudly fly the flag at the New Hope Center. This flag of distinction shows Y‑12 employees are serious about safety.

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Operations Bill Klemm said, “The objective isn’t the star. The objective is everybody’s safety. I give credit to everyone at the plant for us receiving the VPP Star level status. Continue to keep safety your focus as we continue our VPP journey.”

Being named a DOE VPP site was achieved thanks to the partnership between B&W Y‑management and three labor unions — the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council, and the United Steelworkers.

Y‑12 is a member of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association. The nonprofit association leads the way in safety, health, and environmental excellence through cooperative efforts among labor, management, and government.

Y‑12 was officially mentored by B&W Pantex and received local support from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, both VPP Star sites.