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More safety standards at Hanford site

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The HAMMER facility in Richland is a state of the art complex where people from all over the world come to train in all things safety. So it's no wonder the Hanford site is known for its safe environment.

Under the Department of Energy's Office of Health, Safety and Security, Hanford employees are subject to a list of 14 site-wide safety standards. They cover everything from respiratory protection to hoisting and rigging and the latest two address electrical safety and fall protection.

Hanford contractors have been working with D.O.E. on these safety standards for two and a half years now. The training ensures everyone who works for a Hanford contractor is taught the same, uniform and streamlined safety practices.

"The safety statistics that we have among the various site contractors have all been gradually improving over the last several years," said Mission Support Alliance Vice President of Safety and Health Quality Paul Kruger. "That's probably do to a variety of factors, but one of the significant ones, we believe, are these site-wide standards."

Officials say the standards help with transitioning from job to job and between contractors and help provide the safest possible working environment for everyone involved.