Enterprise Assessments Follow-up Assessment of the Bonneville Power Administration Safety Management Program – January 2019
Assessment of the Safety Management Program at the Bonneville Power Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Worker Safety and Health Assessments, within the independent Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA), conducted a follow-up assessment of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) safety management program. The BPA Chief Safety Officer requested this assessment as a follow-up to an Independent Oversight assessment conducted by EA’s predecessor organization in 2013, with the report published in February 2014. The previous assessment reviewed several BPA initiatives to improve safety management in response to four fatalities that had occurred during BPA work activities since 2010, two of them in the second half of 2013. The primary focus of this current EA assessment was to provide an independent review of the status of BPA actions to address the 16 recommendations from the previous assessment. EA assessed the progress using multiple techniques, including document reviews, interviews, and field observations. EA conducted the onsite portions of this assessment October 15-19, 2018, and October 29 – November 1, 2018.