The Ames Laboratory Named an Industry Safety Leader

One of only 81 organizations to receive designation by National Safety Council

For release: Aug. 6, 2010

Tom Wessels, Environment, Health, Safety and Assurance, 515-294-4965
Kerry Gibson, Public Affairs,515-294-1405


AMES, Iowa –The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has been named a 2010 Industry Leader Award winner by the National Safety Council. The Ames Laboratory was one of only 81 companies/organizations to receive the award for their safety performance and the only DOE national laboratory on the list. The award represents the top 5 percent of members that have qualified for the National Safety Council 2010 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award, based on 2009 calendar year data.

“I’m pleased that the employees of the Ames Laboratory are being recognized by the National Safety Council for their safety efforts,” said Tom Wessels, Ames Lab Environment, Health, Safety and Assurance manager. “The Ames Laboratory uses continuous improvement efforts, documented processes, employee safety training, and a comprehensive assessment program to support its safety culture.”

Image The NSC Industry Leader Award is one component of the NSC Occupational Award Program, which recognizes the outstanding safety achievements of NSC members. Winners are selected based on NorthAmerican Industry Classification System code, lowest total incidence rate and employee work hours.

The Ames Laboratory was in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector (NAICS code 54) and had between 100,000 and 999,999 employee hours. The actual number of employee hours without an incident at the Ames Laboratory for calendar year 2009 was 883,937.

The award will be presented at the NSC Annual Awards Celebration taking place Oct. 5, 2010, in San Diego.

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.