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Worker Health & Safety Policy, Guidance & Reports

The Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy establishes Departmental expectations for worker safety and health through the development of rules, directives and guidance.  Worker safety and health policy will ensure that workers are adequately protected from hazards associated with DOE sites and operations and reflect national worker safety and health laws, regulations and standards where applicable.

10 CFR 851 Variance

10 CFR 851 is a Worker Safety and Health Program established to promulgate a worker safety and health rule.  It establishes worker safety and health requirements that govern the conduct of contractor activities at non-nuclear, as well as nuclear, sites. 10 CFR 851 requires that DOE contractor workers are provided with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm. To accomplish this objective, the Rule establishes management responsibilities, worker rights, safety and health standards, and required training. The purpose of the 10 CFR 851 Rule Variance System is to provide alternative methods for specific requirements of DOE standards where equivalent levels of employee protection are provided. The System will track all variance applications from the initial application, through the management review and decision process, up to and including final approval or denial of the request.

Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry

The DOE Domestic and International Health Studies supports the operation of a surveillance registry of current workers who are exposed to beryllium in their current job, or may have been exposed to beryllium in the past from work conducted at a DOE site. The goal of the registry is to determine the incidence and prevalence of beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease (CBD). The data will be analyzed to better understand CBD and to identify those at risk. Another goal is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of DOE's Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program.

Biological Safety

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Biosafety Homepage provides a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of biological safety. This page is supported by the Biosurety Executive Team. The Biosurety Executive Team is a DOE-chartered group. The DOE Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy provides administrative support for this group. The group identifies biological safety-related issues of concern to the DOE and pursues solutions to issues identified.

Chemical Safety Program

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Chemical Safety Program provides a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of chemical management. This content is supported by the Chemical Safety Topical Committee which was formed to identify chemical safety-related issues of concern to the DOE and pursue solutions to issues identified.

Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (10 CFR 850)

The Department of Energy (DOE) established a chronic beryllium disease prevention program (CBDPP) to reduce the number of workers currently exposed to beryllium in the course of their work at DOE facilities managed by DOE or its contractors, minimize the levels of, and potential for, exposure to beryllium, and establish medical surveillance requirements to ensure early detection of the disease.

Construction Safety Advisory Committee

The Construction Safety Advisory Committee is an advisory body formed to provide the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU) field input and perspective in the development and maintenance of DOE construction safety program guidance and in review and resolution of identified generic construction safety issues.

Contractor Workplace Substance Abuse Program at DOE Sites (10 CFR 707)

This rule establishes policies, criteria, and procedures for developing and implementing programs to maintain a workplace free from the use of illegal drugs. It applis to DOE contractors performing work at sites owned or controlled by DOE and to individuals with unescorted access to the control areas of certain DOE reactors.

Corporate Analysis of DOE Safety Performance

The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security, Office of Analysis develops analysis tools and performance dashboards, and conducts analysis of DOE safety performance corporately and on a variety of specific environment, safety and health topics.

Corporate Operating Experience Program

The Corporate Operating Experience Program was approved on April 8, 2011 under DOE Order 210.2A, DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program. The focus is on sharing lessons learned and best practices related to operating experience both internal and external to DOE.

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Pamphlet

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was enacted to provide compensation and medical benefits to employees who worked at certain Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, including contractors and subcontractors at those locations, and certain number of its vendors.

Adjudication of issues pertaining to all claims for benefits under the EEOICPA is the responsibility of the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL is supported in its role by the DOE, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

If you would like more information about the benefits available under the EEOICPA, please visit DOL's web page or see the EEOICPA pamphlet.

Federal Technical Capability Program (FTCP)

The Federal Technical Capability Panel (Panel) is responsible for overseeing the overall implementation of the Federal Technical Capability Program. Headquarters and field elements are responsible for implementing specific activities within the program. Some activities addressing technical capability functions apply complex-wide; for example, the Department's Policies, Orders, and Standards, which promulgate requirements and guidelines for the administration of technical training. Other mechanisms vary from site to site or between program offices.

Hoisting and Rigging Technical Advisory Committee

The Hoisting and Rigging Technical Advisory Committee serves as an advisory body to the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) by providing support to their policy efforts aimed at ensuring the safe performance of hoisting and rigging activities at DOE facilities and in the review and resolution of identified generic hoisting and rigging safety issues.

Nanotechnology

The Department of Energy's Nanotechnology Safety web site provides a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of nanotechnology safety and health management.

Safety Alerts

Documents downloaded from the password-protected areas of this web site may be made available to the DOE Federal and contractor community and to the military.

Safety Bulletins

The Safety Bulletins may contain Suspect/Counterfeit Items or Defective Items (S/CI or DI) in which a higher level of concern has been identified and various degrees of action are required. These documents are dated 2011 - 2005 and are considered archives.

Safety Advisories

The Safety Advisories may contain Suspect/Counterfeit Items or Defective Items (S/CI or DI) in which a higher level of concern has been identified and various degrees of action are required. These documents are dated 2010 - 2005 and are considered archives.

Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line

The Response Line is a service that responds to questions from DOE, DOE contractor, and DOE subcontractor employees regarding applicability of worker safety and health standards and directives.

The information contained in responses are technical clarifications to a DOE Rule or Directive and should only be applied to the specific conditions described in a response. These responses represent the best available technical knowledge available from the Department's subject matter experts and are NOT binding upon the DOE. These responses DO NOT represent approval of a variance, exemption, or equivalence for any requirements. Requests for exemptions or equivalences for Directives requirements must follow the procedures in DOE O 251.1C. Interpretive rulings, that are binding on DOE, may only be made the Office of General Counsel.

Safety Basis Information System (SBIS)

SBIS supports the Nuclear Safety Management Rule (10 CFR 830) requirements for Department of Energy (DOE) contractors and operators.  The SBIS system is used by authorized personnel to update or review Safety Basis information for Nuclear Facilities. Safety Basis provides a list of all DOE nuclear facilities with the safety basis status, hazard categorization, and safety basis type.

Worker Safety and Health

The Departmental expectations for worker safety and health are contained in a set of rules, directives, and technical standards developed by the Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy. These policies were developed to ensure workers are adequately protected from the various radiological and non-radiological hazards associated with DOE sites and operations and reflect national worker safety and health laws, regulations, and standards where applicable.