Los Alamos National Laboratory has posted its lowest-ever monthly illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. The Laboratory’s rates are well below comparable industry averages.
This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making LANL the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories. The DART rate showed an even more impressive drop of 89 percent, from 1.36 in 2006 to .15 at the end of last month.
“Every day workers at the Laboratory carry out complex and hazardous missions that are critically important to our national security,” said Bill Mairson, head of environment, safety and health at the Laboratory. “Performing this work safely is—and will continue to be—a priority for everyone at the Laboratory.”
The Laboratory’s TRC rate dropped from 3.43 in 2006 to .71 at the end of September.
“These low injury and illness rates are particularly impressive given the volume of work performed here on a daily basis,” Mairson said. “I want to thank everyone for their commitment to keeping each other safe and making Los Alamos one of the safest places to work in the DOE Complex.”
Effective today, National Security, LLC takes over the management and operations contract at LANL. With the majority of employees remaining intact, it is expected that this safety trend will continue.
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