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Audit Report: IG-0797

July 2, 2008 

Implementation of Integrated Safety Management at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Safety is one of the Department of Energy's top priorities. In 1996. the Department of Energy established an Integrated Safety Management (ISM) system whereby its contractors plan, perform, assess, and improve the safe conduct of work. However, due to inconsistent implementation of ISM and recurring deficiencies that led to serious accidents, the Department issued guidance in 2001 and 2006 to assist contractors in their implementation of ISM and to improve safety. As part of ISM, the Department requires contractors to: 1) develop and implement controls over identified hazards, 2) perform work within defined hazard controls, and 3) provide feedback on and continuous improvement to safety systems.

Topic: Human Resources