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July 2014

This handbook is designed to assist in performing routine Conduct of Operations field observations (which include walkthroughs and tours), as well as provide basic guidance in preparing for a more formal assessment. DOE Order 422.1, Conduct of Operations, defines the key terms:

  • A Conduct of Operations Program is the formal documentation, practices, and actions implementing disciplined and structured operations that support mission success and ensure worker, public, and environmental protection. The program goal is to minimize the likelihood and consequences of human fallibility or technical and organizational system failures.
  • The term “operations” encompasses the work activities of any facility or organization from building infrastructure, to print shops and computer centers, to scientific research, and to nuclear facilities.