Robert Hoff receives June 2016 Gold Spot Award
Robert Hoff (NE) received a Gold Spot Award in June 2016 for solving an issue that was affecting Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program operations. His actions helped ensure that the program’s quality assurance checks remained unadulterated.
During a crucial time in the implementation of the new standards required to achieve American Society of Mechanical Engineers Nuclear Quality Assurance-1 (NQA-1) Certification, RERTR program staff were unable to access essential records. Due to a security update, the computer servers crashed.
Hoff was able to pinpoint the issue and solve the problem, working throughout the night, to bring the system back on line. His dedication and hours of work enabled RERTR’s implementation of quality assurance standards to keep moving forward.
Compliance with the NQA-1 standard provides a rigorous quality assurance program check for organizations that resource items or services that provide a safety function for nuclear facilities.
Spot Awards give employees “on-the-spot” recognition for positive safety or quality assurance initiative. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).
If you see an employee exhibiting behavior that warrants positive recognition (e.g., safe behavior or process improvements), you can nominate that individual for a Spot Award by submitting a Spot Award (ANL-758).
The form will be routed to the individual’s supervisor and division for approval. Observers may award employees from their own division or from other divisions. The cost of the award is charged to the recipient’s division.
Additional information about the Spot Award program is available on Inside Argonne.