Laboratory earns prestigious star status
July 27, 2001
RICHLAND, Wash. –
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has gained national recognition from the Department of Energy for outstanding performance in employee safety and health, and has becomes the first Office of Science laboratory nationwide to receive this honor.
PNNL has been awarded the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program's GOLD STAR status. It represents one of DOE's highest safety rankings and is given to recognize and promote superior performance in safety and health activities.
DOE Office of Regulatory Liaison Director Harry Pettengill awarded PNNL Director Lura Powell the VPP GOLD STAR flag in a ceremony Wednesday at the Laboratory.
"I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of PNNL and Battelle," Powell said. "This has been a team effort on all levels from the VPP Steering Committee to all 3,500 employees at the Lab. Having broad employee involvement is the hallmark of VPP."
Pettengill explained that the program is a partnership among labor, employees, management and government to promote safety and health excellence at the workplace.
PNNL joins three other Hanford Site companies to qualify for and achieve GOLD STAR status.