WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Thomas D'Agostino addressed the 2009 Department of Energy Integrated Safety Management (ISM) Conference in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 26. In his remarks, Administrator D'Agostino highlighted the NNSA's track record of developing innovative approaches to workplace safety. And, while he noted the improvements in NNSA's safety record over the years, the Administrator highlighted the need to ensure that workers across the nuclear security enterprise never become complacent in their approach to safety.
Since it was first introduced in 1996, the Integrated Safety Management system is the tool the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration use to build a safe, secure and environmentally sound workplace. The annual conference provides an opportunity for attendees to hear from DOE and NNSA leadership and share ideas and best practices regarding safety and security across the enterprise. This year, more than 950 people from DOE, NNSA, the contractor community and site offices across the enterprise participated in the ISM conference.
The text of the Administrator's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found on the NNSA website. The following are excerpts of those remarks:
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