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Independent Oversight Inspection, Hanford Site - September 2006

September 2006

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health and Emergency Management Programs at the Hanford Site Waste Stabilization and Disposition Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight, within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance, conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Hanford Site Waste Stabilization and Disposition Project (WSD) during August and September 2006. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

EM senior managers demonstrated that they clearly understand their safety management roles and responsibilities, and are engaged in making safety decisions and in setting priorities. RL roles and responsibilities for ES&H are generally well described, and most ES&H responsibilities are adequately implemented. FH has established and implemented effective processes for the various elements of a contractor assurance system as delineated in DOE Order 226.1.

Sections 2 and 3 discuss the key positive attributes and weaknesses identified during this review. Section 4 provides a summary assessment of the effectiveness of the major ISM and emergency management elements that were reviewed. Section 5 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of EM, RL, and FH management of ES&H and emergency management programs, and Section 6 presents the ratings assigned during this review. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition, and Appendix B identifies the specific findings that require corrective action and follow-up. Five technical appendices (C through G) contain detailed results of the Independent Oversight review.