Inspection of the Environmental Management Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) programs for environmental management program activities at the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) during May and June 2006. The inspection was performed by Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations.
Some aspects of EM/OR, BJC, and FWENC ISM systems are conceptually sound, and many aspects are effectively implemented. For the most part, DOE, BJC, and FWENC managers and workers are well qualified and demonstrate their understanding of and commitment to safety.
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, OR, BJC, and FWENC management of 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 first four 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 Order 226.1 focus area. Appendix E presents the results of the review of essential safety system functionality, and two related focus 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.