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Independent Oversight Review, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - July 2011

July 2011

Review of Selected Elements of Emergency Management at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), Office of Independent Oversight, performed a review of specific portions of the emergency management program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) between September and November 2010. The focus of this review was to verify the status of corrective actions from the 2008 HSS emergency management inspection, assess two recent AARs for two actual events, and assess both the DOE ORNL Site Office (OSO) and University of Tennessee-Battelle, LLC (UT-Battelle) self-assessment and issues management programs.

OSO and UT-Battelle personnel have applied effort and resources to address the findings from the 2008 emergency management inspection, learn from emergency incidents, and assess their respective programs. HSS observed numerous effective processes and behaviors during the review that reflect a healthy, safety-focused, and continuous learning environment within the ORNL emergency management program.

Section 2, Review Summary, provides a perspective on the ORNL emergency management program, summarizes the assessment activity results, and identifies various positive attributes and areas for improvement in each of the four general areas that defined the core assessment activities. Section 3, Programmatic Recommendations, provides Independent Oversight’s key recommendations for improving emergency management performance at ORNL. Appendix A provides supplemental information about the review, and Appendices B through M provide further details and insights for OSO and UT-Battelle emergency management program personnel.