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Inspection, Sandia National Laboratories - April 2008

April 2008

Inspection of Environment, Safety and Health Programs at the Sandia National Laboratories

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 Sandia Site Office (SSO) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) during January and February 2008. The ES&H inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.

SSO and SNL senior management commitment to ES&H improvements is evident and has contributed to improvements in all areas since the previous independent oversight inspection in 2005. Collaborative mechanisms have been established to manage performance evaluation plans and reports. SSO has established new processes and tools to improve and support implementation of the model contract. SSO has also made improvements in important areas, such as nuclear facility safety system oversight, and has used contract mechanisms to drive improvements SNL has made improvements in work planning and control and the contractor assurance system.

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 SSO and SNL 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.