Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight (Independent Oversight) conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during October and November 2005. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.
LASO and LANL have addressed the complex issues associated with EMS and CBDPP implementation. Although process weaknesses remain, many of the controls in place for high-hazard activities at the organizations that Independent Oversight reviewed provide appropriate protection of workers, the public, and environment.
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 elements that were reviewed. Section 5 provides Independent Oversight’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of NNSA/LASO and LANL management of the ES&H 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.
Four technical appendices (C through F) contain detailed results of the Independent Oversight review. Appendix C provides the results of the review of the application of the core functions of ISM for work activities. Appendix D presents the results of the review of feedback and continuous improvement processes and management systems. Appendix E presents the results of the review of essential safety system functionality, and Appendix F presents the results of the review of safety management of the selected focus areas.