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 Savannah River Site (SRS) during August and September 2009. The inspection was performed by the Office of Independent Oversight’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations to support site management in the execution of the SRS mission.
This 2009 Independent Oversight inspection was conducted during a period in which ARRA-funded efforts had begun to drive increases in the pace of many SRS work activities and an associated significant ramp-up of site employment. EM, DOE-SR, and SRNS recognize the challenges that a large number of new employees present to the site safety programs, which have historically benefited from an experienced workforce that is accustomed to DOE’s expectations for safety excellence. With the support of EM and DOE-SR, SRNS has taken appropriate actions to address those challenges, including proactive approaches to ensure the effectiveness of training programs for new employees and the behavior-based safety and human performance initiatives.
Sections 2 and 3 discuss the key positive attributes and weaknesses, respectively, identified during this inspection. Section 4 presents a summary assessment of the effectiveness of the major ISM elements that were reviewed. Section 5 provides the Independent Oversight team’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of DOE-SR’s and SRNS’s management of ES&H programs. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition.