Review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility Fire Suppression Vital Safety System
The Office of Enforcement and Oversight (Independent Oversight), within the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), conducted an independent review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Facility safety significant fire suppression system (FSS) vital safety system in conjunction with a scheduled Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) assessment. The purpose of the LASO assessment was to evaluate the functionality and operability of the FSS and to ensure that the system complied with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) orders and standards and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and requirements. The assessment was conducted July 25-August 5, 2011.
Overall, the LASO assessment was competently performed by knowledgeable LASO personnel using appropriate and challenging criteria. The LASO team was technically well qualified and, based on prior preparation and knowledge, demonstrated a high degree of familiarity with the CMR Facility.