Assessment of Nuclear Safety Culture at the Idaho Cleanup Project Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Enforcement and Oversight (Independent Oversight), within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), conducted an independent assessment of nuclear safety culture at the DOE Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project (SBWTP). The primary objective of the evaluation was to provide information regarding the status of the safety culture at SBWTP. The data collection phase of the assessment occurred in April and May 2012. SBWTP is one of DOE’s largest nuclear design and construction projects and a key part of the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP). SBWTP, also known as the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), is a first-of-a-kind facility that will treat the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste generated from the Idaho Site’s legacy cleanup mission.
The safety culture evaluation performed by the external independent safety culture experts is provided in Appendix B, which provides positive observations and identifies areas in need of attention for each of the nine traits of a healthy safety culture.