The Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy establishes Departmental expectations for worker safety and health through the development of rules, directives and guidance. Worker safety and health policy will ensure that workers are adequately protected from hazards associated with DOE sites and operations and reflect national worker safety and health laws, regulations and standards where applicable.
10 CFR 851 is a Worker Safety and Health Program established to promulgate a worker safety and health rule. It establishes worker safety and health requirements that govern the conduct of contractor activities at non-nuclear, as well as nuclear, sites. 10 CFR 851 requires that DOE contractor workers are provided with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm. To accomplish this objective, the Rule establishes management responsibilities, worker rights, safety and health standards, and required training. The purpose of the 10 CFR 851 Rule Variance System is to provide alternative methods for specific requirements of DOE standards where equivalent levels of employee protection are provided. The System will track all variance applications from the initial application, through the management review and decision process, up to and including final approval or denial of the request.
The DOE Domestic and International Health Studies supports the operation of a surveillance registry of current workers who are exposed to beryllium in their current job, or may have been exposed to beryllium in the past from work conducted at a DOE site. The goal of the registry is to determine the incidence and prevalence of beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease (CBD). The data will be analyzed to better understand CBD and to identify those at risk. Another goal is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of DOE's Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program.
The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Chemical Safety Program provides a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of chemical management. This content is supported by the Chemical Safety Topical Committee which was formed to identify chemical safety-related issues of concern to the DOE and pursue solutions to issues identified.
The Construction Safety Advisory Committee is an advisory body formed to provide the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU) field input and perspective in the development and maintenance of DOE construction safety program guidance and in review and resolution of identified generic construction safety issues.
The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security, Office of Analysis develops analysis tools and performance dashboards, and conducts analysis of DOE safety performance corporately and on a variety of specific environment, safety and health topics.
The Corporate Operating Experience Program was approved on April 8, 2011 under DOE Order 210.2A, DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program. The focus is on sharing lessons learned and best practices related to operating experience both internal and external to DOE.
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was enacted to provide compensation and medical benefits to employees who worked at certain Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, including contractors and subcontractors at those locations, and certain number of its vendors.
Adjudication of issues pertaining to all claims for benefits under the EEOICPA is the responsibility of the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL is supported in its role by the DOE, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Federal Technical Capability Panel (Panel) is responsible for overseeing the overall implementation of the Federal Technical Capability Program. Headquarters and field elements are responsible for implementing specific activities within the program. Some activities addressing technical capability functions apply complex-wide; for example, the Department's Policies, Orders, and Standards, which promulgate requirements and guidelines for the administration of technical training. Other mechanisms vary from site to site or between program offices.
The Hoisting and Rigging Technical Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) by providing support to their policy efforts aimed at ensuring the safe performance of hoisting and rigging activities at DOE facilities and in the review and resolution of identified generic hoisting and rigging safety issues.
Documents downloaded from the password-protected areas of this web site may be made available to the DOE Federal and contractor community and to the military.
The Safety Bulletins may contain Suspect/Counterfeit Items or Defective Items (S/CI or DI) in which a higher level of concern has been identified and various degrees of action are required. These documents are dated 2011 - 2005 and are considered archives.
The Safety Advisories may contain Suspect/Counterfeit Items or Defective Items (S/CI or DI) in which a higher level of concern has been identified and various degrees of action are required. These documents are dated 2010 - 2005 and are considered archives.
SBIS supports the Nuclear Safety Management Rule (10 CFR 830) requirements for Department of Energy (DOE) contractors and operators. The SBIS system is used by authorized personnel to update or review Safety Basis information for Nuclear Facilities. Safety Basis provides a list of all DOE nuclear facilities with the safety basis status, hazard categorization, and safety basis type.
The Departmental expectations for worker safety and health are contained in a set of rules, directives, and technical standards developed by the Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy. These policies were developed to ensure workers are adequately protected from the various radiological and non-radiological hazards associated with DOE sites and operations and reflect national worker safety and health laws, regulations, and standards where applicable.