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Independent Oversight Inspection, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - May 2007

May 2007

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight, within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) during January and February 2007. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

LSO’s oversight has matured, and operational awareness and assessments have improved in gathering data and identifying deficiencies. LSO management recognizes that data management needs improvement and recently initiated implementation of Pegasus, which will provide an improved mechanism for data and issues management. LSO also has performed a number of self-assessments and used external expertise to evaluate ES&H responsibilities and performance. As a result of these efforts, a number of initiatives are underway for further improvement, including development and implementation of a strengthened facility representative training program.

Sections 2 and 3 discuss the key positive attributes and weaknesses, respectively, identified during this review. Section 4 provides a summary assessment of the effectiveness of the major ISM elements that were reviewed. Section 5 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of NNSA, LSO, and LLNL management of ES&H programs, and Section 6 presents the ratings assigned during this review. Detailed results and opportunities for improvement were provided to LSO for consideration by NNSA, LSO, and LLNL site management. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition, and Appendix B presents the findings identified during this Independent Oversight inspection.