Liz Norton has thirty-six years of experience in the nuclear industry with fifteen years serving as a Union Safety Representative and twenty-one years as a Nuclear Process Operator. She is experienced in both production and clean up missions and has maintained all the proper operational certifications required to perform all necessary tasks including waste handler and radiation worker qualifications.
Ms. Norton is a Certified Special Government Employee (SGE), allowing her to help companies in the private sector. She was appointed to the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region X Board of Directors for 8 years and assisted with numerous Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarter assessments as well as annual re-certifications.
Ms. Norton received the DOE Headquarters Champion Award in 2005 and 2009.
As the Union Safety Representative for the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC), Ms. Norton supported all aspects of the Safety and Health Program. She assisted in the development of work packages to ensure work could be done safely and compliantly and participated in pre-job briefings, fact-finding, and injury investigations. She supported and lead the Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) and the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) self-assessments and assisted in producing Safety Improvement Plans.
As a Nuclear Process Operator at the Hanford Waste Management Project, she performed various tasks pertaining to packaging, storing, receiving, and shipping of radioactive waste generated at Hanford and other nuclear sites. She was involved in the Waste Receiving and Processing (WRAP) facility initial Operational Readiness Reviews and Start Up. She developed operational procedures and performed all operational duties of the operating plant that was instrumental in dealing with TRU Waste generated at Hanford and later sent to WIPP.