Question: What does NFS do?
Answer: NFS manufactures specialty nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy's nuclear fleet and other customers while protecting its workers, the public and the environment.
Question: What kind of chemicals are used at NFS?
Answer: NFS uses a variety of chemicals in the facility for processing uranium and for other uses. Hydrogen, a variety of acids are some of the most notable. As with all of the chemicals used at NFS, very specific guidelines and regulations are followed to assure worker and environmental safety. We use diverse and independent controls to ensure safe handling of these materials.
Question: What is Safety Culture?
At NFS, we define a safety culture as the core values and behaviors resulting from a collective commitment by each of us to emphasize safety over competing priorities to ensure protection of people and the environment.
Our Safety Culture is built on the foundation of our Core Values. We combine these with our workplace priorities: Safety, Quality, Schedule, Cost – (always in that order), and measure our results with industry-standard metrics. These metrics look at the results of our work in the following areas:
Question: What is the Employee Concerns Program?
Answer: The Employee Concerns Program (ECP) is a way for employees and contract workers to report safety or compliance concerns without going through their supervisor or manager. NFS is committed to the protection of personnel and public health and safety and to a strong safety and compliance culture. A key component of this culture is a safety and compliance conscious work environment (SCCWE). This is an environment where individuals feel free to raise safety concerns without fear of harassment, intimidation, retaliation or discrimination (HIRD).
Concerns can be submitted anonymously, and a prompt, thorough investigation of the concern will be conducted. Corrective actions will be taken as necessary. The Employee Concerns Program is an important alternative reporting avenue to assure that no concern goes unreported and therefore unaddressed. In a nuclear work environment, all employees, contractors and visitors to our site must feel free to express concerns for any unsafe practices or conditions without fear of reprisal. In order to further this open work environment, we established the Employee Concerns Program.