Focused Safety Management Evaluation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Environment, Safety and Health Oversight (EH-2) conducted a focused safety management evaluation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) during May-July 2001.
ORNL has improved management of hazardous chemicals through a systematic chemical safety management program. The process for identifying the appropriate set of external requirements and incorporating these requirements into institutional processes has been strengthened. The newly formed ORNL independent oversight organization has conducted some well-designed reviews since its inception, and the lessons-learned program has been improved.
In this report, the effectiveness of UT-Battelle in implementing the ISM guiding principles is discussed in Section 2. UT-Battelle effectiveness in implementing the core functions is summarized in Section 2 and discussed in more detail in Appendix B. Section 3discusses the effectiveness of DOE line management—SC as the lead program secretarial office, and ORO as the responsible field element—in implementing their ISM responsibilities. Section 4 presents the ratings. Appendix C summarizes issues for corrective action. Appendix D describes the evaluation process and the EH-2 team composition.