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Independent Oversight Inspection, Y-12 National Security Complex - June 2008

June 2008

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight, within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), inspected environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs at the DOE Y-12 Site Office (YSO) and Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) during March through May 2008. The ES&H inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

Many aspects of the Y-12 ISM program are effective. For example, most work observed was performed using well written and technically accurate procedures, and the RPP is comprehensive and effectively implemented. The nuclear safety systems maintenance, operations, and surveillance programs were effectively implemented for the systems reviewed, and the process for establishing proactive maintenance requirements is effective. In addition, YSO has implemented a risk-based approach for oversight; has notably effective processes for some aspects of issues management and performance measures; and has effective training, qualification, and contract performance measure processes.

Sections 2 and 3 discuss the key positive attributes and weaknesses, respectively, identified during this inspection. 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 YSO and Y-12 management of ES&H programs, and Section 6 presents the ratings assigned during this inspection. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B presents the findings identified during this Independent Oversight inspection. The findings are also referenced in the applicable portions of Sections 3 and 4 of this report.