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Independent Oversight Inspection, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Volume I - December 2004

December 2004

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Management at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA), within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance (SSA), conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) at the DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during October and November 2004. The inspection was performed by the OA Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

LSO and LLNL have established ISM systems that are conceptually sound but are implemented with varying levels of effectiveness across and within the various directorates. Many work activities were performed with a high regard for safety.

Sections 2 and 3 provide a discussion of the key positive attributes and weaknesses identified during this review. Section 4 provides a summary assessment of the effectiveness of the major ISM elements reviewed on this inspection. Section 5 provides OA’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of NNSA, LSO, UC, and LLNL management of the ES&H programs, and Section 6 presents the ratings assigned during this review. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies the specific findings that require corrective action and follow-up.

Volume II of this report provides four technical appendices (C through F) containing detailed results of the OA review. Appendix C provides the results of the review of the application of the core functions of ISM for LLNL work activities. Appendix D presents the results of the review of NNSA, LSO, and contractor feedback and continuous improvement processes. Appendix E presents the results of the review of Plutonium Building essential safety system functionality, and Appendix F presents the results of the review of management of the selected focus areas.