Corporate Operating Experience Program

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The DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program helps to prevent the recurrence of significant adverse events/trends by sharing performance information, lessons learned and good practices across the DOE complex. This program includes:

Operating Experience Committee

The Operating Experience Committee (OEC) is chartered under the DOE Integrated Safety Management Council and in conjunction with DOE Order 210.2A, DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program, which was approved on April 8, 2011. The focus is on sharing lessons learned and best practices related to operating experience both internal and external to DOE.

Operating Experience Committee Charter

The purpose of the DOE Operating Experience Committee (OEC) is to support line management within DOE and the DOE community in developing and sustaining effective operating experience programs so that lessons from internal and external operating experience lead to improvement in future operational and safety performance. The OEC will facilitate management and worker communications to promote the sharing of operating experiences and associated best practices for using operating experience to improve future performance.

Operating Experience Level 1, 2, and 3 Documents

Operating Experience Level 1, 2, and 3 documents communicate required actions, information on safety issues or trends of concern, and lessons learned on operating experience to the DOE Complex to prevent adverse operating incidents and to expand the sharing of good work practices. In addition, Operating Experience Summaries are published to inform the DOE Complex on internal and external operating experience from which sites could benefit, and can be found at the Operating Experience Summaries webpage. All of these documents are part of the overall DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program. The revised directive DOE O 210.2A, DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program, replaces the former Special Operations Reports, Safety Alerts, Safety Bulletins, and Safety Advisories with Operating Experience Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 documents. The content of the Safety Alert and the Safety Bulletin were merged into the Operating Experience Level 2 document.

Operating Experience Summaries

The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU) Office of Analysis publishes the Operating Experience Summary to exchange lessons-learned information between DOE facilities. Readers are cautioned that review of the OE Summary should not be a substitute for a thorough review of interim and final Occurrence Reports.

Operating Experience Summaries Archives - 2011 - 2002

The OE Summaries Archives contain summaries dated 2011 - 2002 and are archived. Please click on the link above to access them. You will be leaving the

Operating Experience Wiki

The Department of Energy (DOE) AU-23 Operating Experience Program manages and exchanges operating experience data from across and outside the DOE Complex in order to share good work practices and prevent adverse events. On this Wiki, you'll find links to reports and information on a variety of useful safety and operational topics.

DOE Corporate Lessons Learned Collection

The Lessons Learned portion of the Corporate Operating Experience Program is modeled after the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Significant Event Evaluation and Information Network (SEE-IN) program currently used by the commercial nuclear power industry. The Corporate Operating Experience Program Lessons Learned products are:

  • Department of Energy Lessons Learned Database

  • Special Operations Reports (SORs) - This Corporate Operating Experience product provided information on significant ES&H issues applicable DOE-wide that required corrective action. SORs REQUIRE contractors to take action and report the results to DOE Headquarters. The last SORs published were in 2006 (Special Operations report 2006-1: Electrical Safety, and Laser Safety Report, SOR 2005-01. These documents are now archived. For further information, please contact Collette Broussard. 

  • Safety Alerts (SAs)

  • Special Reports (SRs) - This corporate Operating Experience product delineates significant ES&H trends DOE-wide that may require corrective action. Action is Recommended, Applicability Determined by Recipient, Unless Otherwise Stated. SRs include Electrical Safety, Just-in-Time Reports, DOE Hoisting and Rigging activities, and A Review of Electrical Intrusion Events at DOE. These document are dated 2010 - 2004 and have been archived. For further information or to obtain copies of the reports, please contact Collette Broussard. 

  • Safety Bulletins (SBs)

    This corporate OE product provides information on potentially significant ES&H issues that require management awareness and/or with longer term impacts. Action is Recommended. Operating contractors should take the recommended actions, and must report back to DOE Headquarters with positive or negative findings of applicability. This document collection is dated 2011 - 2005 and is archived.

  • Safety Advisories (SA)

    This Corporate Operating Experience Product is issued on an as-needed basis when our analysis of operating experience data shows an event or trend that warrants senior Headquarters and field manager awareness but whose safety significance does not warrant an SOR, SA, or SB. An SAd highlights important environment, safety, and health issues for senior management attention and potential action. No response to an SAd is required. This document collection is dated 2011 - 2005 and is archived.

  • Suspect/Counterfeit & Defective Items

    DOE is committed to ensuring that items and components installed in safety-related or mission-critical applications meet their intended function and operability requirements. The Office of Health, Safety and Security has established a process to identify SCIs or DIs that are deemed safety-significant and broadly applicable to DOE facilities.

Documents and Information - Provides Operating Experience documents, including articles, the DOE Operating Experience Standard, and Lessons Learned publications.

Please contact Ashley Ruocco if you have any questions or comments regarding Lessons Learned.

Lessons Learned Resources Applicable to DOE Users

DOE Site Performance Information

This area of the DOE Corporate Operating Experience (OE) Program contains progressively higher level site performance information geared toward increasing levels of management attention. The purpose of these products is to help focus management attention on current or emerging safety issues, and provide supervisors and workers with information they can use on the job to prevent similar occurrences.