WRPS celebrates VPP Star

Two safety meetings held in June recognized WRPS employees for their efforts in achieving VPP Star status. The accomplishment not only applied to the tank farms contract, it makes Hanford a certified VPP Star site as well.

WRPS helps fund new Delta High

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Delta High School was held June 25. Last year, WRPS donated $150,000 to help build the facility, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—subjects.


Savannah River National Laboratory begins independent review of tank farm vapors

New hires train to become certified Health Physics Technicians, who help keep coworkers safe from radiological contamination. Recovery Act funding at Hanford's tank farms helped create nearly 600 jobs at the peak of employment in autumn 2010.

New hires train to become certified Health Physics Technicians, who help keep coworkers safe from radiological contamination. 

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) announced today its team of recognized national experts that will perform an independent review of WRPS’ chemical vapors program. SRNL has put together a team from academia, industry and government agencies to review and help improve WRPS’ industrial hygiene program. WRPS Health Physics Technician Rebecca Holland, a member of HAMTC, is also on the expert panel. The SRNL news release, accessible through the link provided, gives details on the team and its charter.

Washington River Protection Solutions achieves VPP Star safety status


RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), Hanford’s Tank Operations Contractor, for its outstanding safety program by awarding WRPS Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status.

The VPP recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health protection for contractors at DOE sites. WRPS achieved Star status, the highest level of certification, based on the results of a DOE assessment conducted earlier this year.

“This well-deserved honor belongs to all WRPS employees, whose efforts make the tank farms a safe place to work,” said Dave Olson, WRPS President and Project Manager. “Our Employee Accident Prevention Councils, the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) safety representatives, and our safety and health staff work cooperatively to address workforce issues and encourage continuous improvement.”

WRPS has more than 1,600 employees at Hanford. The company is responsible for safely managing 56 million gallons of high-level radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks. The waste is the legacy of Cold War plutonium production.

The VPP was established in 1994 and is identical to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration Voluntary Protection Program, except that participation is open to contractors employed at DOE-owned facilities.