The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) will welcome a new member to its leadership team on July 1. The board of directors has appointed UCOR president and CEO Ken Rueter to serve a three-year term on the board as the Society’s public director – a position created in 2015 to gain a corporate perspective from outside the occupational safety and health profession.
Rueter’s term as public director will run through June 30, 2024. He will continue to lead UCOR, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) cleanup contractor for the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee. Rueter guides a management team and a workforce of nearly 2,000 in tackling the largest environmental cleanup in DOE’s history, eliminating hazards and reducing risks. His dedication to safety resulted in the DOE awarding UCOR the Legacy of Star, DOE’s highest recognition in its Voluntary Protection Program.
Over three decades, Rueter has led all aspects of site cleanup and remediation, radioactive waste treatment and project integration, including construction and risk management. He previously served as president of Savannah River Remediation LLC, project manager for the Savannah River Liquid Waste Project and chief operating officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract in Washington State, among other leadership positions.
The culture of excellence Rueter instills in his workforce consistently delivers high value to customers. He has implemented a worker well-being program called Mission Ready and supports workforce development through two local colleges.
In 2019, the National Safety Council recognized Rueter as a CEO who “Gets It.” The designation is presented to leaders who go above and beyond to protect employees both on and off the job.
“I’m eager to play a role in helping ASSP execute its mission as a global occupational safety and health leader,” said Rueter. “I respect ASSP’s leadership approach of collecting many experienced viewpoints and believe I can contribute valuable perspectives to the discussions.”
For more information, visit https://www.assp.org.