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Independent Oversight Inspection, Sandia National Laboratories, Summary Report - February 2003

February 2003

Inspection of Environment, Safety, and Health and Emergency Management at the Sandia National Laboratories

The Secretary of Energy’s Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance (OA) conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health (ES&H) and emergency management programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories – New Mexico (SNL/NM) site in January-February 2003. The inspection was performed as a joint effort by the OA Office of Environment, Safety and Health Evaluations and the Office of Emergency Management Oversight.

As discussed throughout this report, the SNL/NM ISM program has improved, and most work is performed safely.

Section 2 of this volume provides an overall discussion of the results of the review of the SNL/NM ES&H and emergency management programs, including positive aspects and weaknesses. Section 3 provides OA’s conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of SSO and SNL/NM management of the SNL/NM ES&H and emergency management programs. Section 4 presents the ratings assigned during this review. Appendix A provides supplemental information, including team composition. Appendix B identifies specific findings that require corrective action and follow-up.

More detailed information on the inspection results is contained in two separate volumes of the report, which were provided to SSO management and are available to other DOE sites on request. Volume I provides more detailed information on the results of the review of SNL/NM ES&H programs, and Volume II provides more detailed information on the results of the review of the SNL/NM emergency management program.