After recent DOE onsite evaluation, ORISE approved to continue as VPP Star site

ORISE receives DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star status for 11th year in a row

May 27, 2015

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—After a recent onsite evaluation, the Department of Energy (DOE) named the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site for the 11th consecutive year.

The DOE-VPP promotes safety and health excellence through cooperative efforts among employees, management and government at DOE contractor sites. Contractors whose programs meet the requirements for outstanding safety and health programs receive Star recognition, the highest achievement level. The DOE-VPP utilizes three levels of recognition, including Star, Merit and Demonstration.

DOE-VPP Star site status recognizes sites that have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

“We are so proud of the safety culture we have created at ORISE, especially the specific areas in which the DOE evaluating team recently praised ORISE, including our safety and health training, occupational health program, new manager training, work site analysis, radiation worker repository, hazard prevention and control, employee involvement and strong leadership,” said ORISE Director Andy Page.

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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. 

ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science. The single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit