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Navigating a Quality Route to a National Safety Award
Deming quality methodologies applied to safety are recognized with the National
Safety Council's annual Robert W. Campbell Award.
Over the last ten years, the implementation of Statistical Process Control and
quality methodologies at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site have
contributed to improved safety. Improvements attributed to Statistical Process
Control are evidenced in Occupational Safety and Health records and
documented through several articles in Quality Progress and the American
Society of Safety Engineers publication, Professional Safety. Statistical trending
of safety, quality, and occurrence data continues to play a key role in improving
safety and quality at what has been called the world's largest environmental
cleanup project. DOE's Hanford Site played a pivotal role in the nation's defense
beginning in the 1940s, when it was established as part of the Manhattan Project.
After more than 50 years of producing material for nuclear weapons, Hanford,
which covers 586 square miles in southeastern Washington state, is now focused
on three outcomes:
1. Restoring the Columbia River corridor for multiple uses
2. Transitioning the central plateau to support long-term waste management
3. Putting DOE assets to work for the future.
The current environmental cleanup mission faces challenges of overlapping
technical, political, regulatory, environmental, and cultural interests. From Oct. 1,
1996 through Sept. 30, 2008, Fluor Hanford was a prime contractor to the
Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office. In this role, Fluor Hanford
managed several major cleanup activities that included dismantling former
nuclear-processing facilities, cleaning up the Site's contaminated groundwater,
retrieving and processing transuranic waste for shipment and disposal off-site,
maintaining the Site's infrastructure, providing security and fire protection, and
operating the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center.
On October 1, 2008, a transition occurred that changed Fluor's role at Hanford.
Fluor's work at Hanford was split in two with the technical scope being assumed
by the CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) CHPRC is now
spearheading much of the cleanup work associated with former nuclear-
processing facilities, contaminated groundwater, and transuranic waste. Fluor is
an integrated subcontractor to CH PRC in this effort. In addition, at the time of
this writing, while the final outcome is being determined for the new Mission
Support Contract, Fluor Hanford has had its contract extended to provide site-
wide services that include security, fire protection, infrastructure, and operating
the HAMMER facility. The emphasis has to be on doing work safely, delivering
quality work, controlling costs, and meeting deadlines. Statistical support is
provided by Fluor to the PRC, within Fluor Hanford, and to a third contractor,
Washington Closure Hanford, which is tasked with cleaning up approximately
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SS, PREVETTE. NAVIGATING A QUALITY ROUTE TO A NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD, article, May 26, 2009; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc934141/m1/4/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.