Our employee spotlight shines a light on one employee at a time. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome diverse thinking. It takes a village — through collaboration, living safely and driving innovation we realize our goals and help our clients achieve mission success. Our mantra is people first, mission always. As part of the National Safety Month, we’ll feature employees that focus on safety within each SBU. Today’s Q&A is with Megan Proctor, ESH&Q Director, Amentum-led Central Plateau Cleanup Company (CPCCo).
How did you come to join Amentum?
I joined Amentum as legacy AECOM employee.
What is your professional and personal background?
As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), I bring over 20 years of experience in integrated safety management, environmental protection, quality assurance, and nuclear safety to support workforces that perform high-hazard nuclear cleanup work at the Hanford nuclear site located in Richland, Washington. From a personal standpoint, I have my husband and three adult children. We love to golf and enjoy traveling and wine tasting.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
As the ESH&Q director at CPCCo I am responsible for the environmental, safety & health, radiological, quality, and safeguards & security functional programs that support all aspects of CPCCo end state closure projects and efficient base operations.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
I won safety manager for the 2017 PMI Project of the Year. As ESH&Q director at Washington Closure Hanford, I led the team to a 9.2 million hour safety stretch without a lost workday case.
I was one of 20 CSP’s selected by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) from its nationwide membership pool to create the Safety Management Specialist Certification. I was also a recipient of the National Safety Council Marion Martin Award, which honors influential women in safety who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way for other women in the profession.
Finally, I was the co-author “Fostering a Sustainable Safety Culture,” BCSP, First Quarter 2016.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
Amentum has a very strong network of highly talented professionals. I know I can reach out to my peers across the DOE complex for support, advice, lessons learned, etc.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about mentoring early career professionals. I believe we need to grow and develop those that will be the next leaders in our company.
What’s your career advice?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Seek out stretch assignments and obtain a mentor.
What does safety mean to you, or do you have a favorite safety tip?
Safety is taking personal accountability for actions and behaviors. It’s also looking out for the others around us, not only at work but outside of the workplace as well.