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Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health Programs at the Savannah River Site, February 2006

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 Savannah River Site (SRS) during January and February 2006. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

Most aspects of EM/SR, NNSA/SRSO, and WSRC ISM systems are conceptually sound, and many aspects are effectively implemented. For the most part, WSRC managers and workers were well qualified and demonstrated their understanding of and commitment to safety. WSRC has devoted significant attention and resources to addressing previously identified deficiencies and has made considerable progress in many areas, such as assessments, activity-level hazard control, exposure monitoring, unreviewed safety question processes, and other such areas.

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 EM/SR, NNSA/SRSO, and WSRC 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, and includes the discussion of the DOE Policy and Order 226.1 focus area. Appendix E presents the results of the review of essential safety system functionality and two related functional areas (quality assurance in engineering and configuration management programs and processes, and safety system component procurement). Appendix F presents the results of the review of safety management of the other selected focus areas.