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NNSA Congratulates Pantex for Completing One Full Year Without a Lost Time Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated its Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, for completing one full year without a lost time injury. This equals approximately 6.5 million hours since the last lost time injury at Pantex.

“NNSA is proud of Pantex’s exceptional safety record and the commitment of the men and women at the plant,” said Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “This milestone is an indication of just how seriously Pantexans take their commitment to safety while they complete the complex tasks associated with maintaining and dismantling the weapons in our stockpile. I applaud the plant for remaining vigilant, and for the creative ways they have found to eliminate hazards and ensure the safety of all at the plant.”

Pantex’s Safety and Health program is based on the Department of Energy’s Integrated Safety Management (ISM) model and is enhanced with other programs to encourage employee engagement and hazard mitigation. Union and management personnel work in partnership to ensure that these safety programs are successfully implemented.

During FY10, B&W Pantex received 11 awards from the National Safety Council for outstanding safety performance while working more than 6.5 million hours without incurring a lost time injury.

Pantex has made safe performance a primary focus and was able to exceed its performance targets in key areas while maintaining its safety record. An independent organization recently scrutinized the safety recordkeeping program and found it to be virtually flawless, thus validating the end-of-year numbers.

B&W Pantex manages and operates the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. B&W Pantex is also the proud recipient of the DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program STAR status for safety excellence. The company was also named one of America’s safest companies by Occupational Hazards magazine and has received numerous awards from the National Safety Council.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.