Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Programs at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight, within the Office of Health, Safety and Security, conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) during October and November 2006. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.
Since the 2004 Type A electrical accident, SSO and SLAC have made improvements in many aspects of ES&H programs. However, the deficiencies in the SSO and SLAC requirements management process and the SLAC work planning and control process indicate a significant, continuing reliance on an expert-based approach to safety at SLAC, rather than the ISM principle of clear standards and requirements.
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 SC, SSO, and SLAC management of 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.
Three technical appendices (C through E) contain detailed results of the Independent Oversight review. Appendix C provides the results of the review of the application of the first four 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 safety management for the other selected focus areas.