Operating Experience Level 1, 2, and 3 Documents

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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. To access safety alerts, prepared prior to 2009 under the previous Order, go to the Safety Alerts webpage. To access safety bulletins prepared prior to 2012 under the previous Order, go to the Safety Bulletins webpage. To access safety advisories prepared prior to 2011 under the previous Order, go to the Safety Advisories webpage.

Operating Experience Level 1

The purpose of the Operating Experience Level 1 (OE-1) document is to inform the DOE complex of the most significant events or trends of concern to DOE management including assessments and required actions with close-out verification in a formal response. The OE-1 document is issued by the Deputy Secretary.

Operating Experience Level 2

The purpose of the Operating Experience Level 2 (OE-2) document is to inform the DOE complex (or affected sites) of potentially significant safety issues (e.g., Conduct of Operations or Suspect/Counterfeit or Defective Items). The OE-2 document includes a statement of actions required (or recommended for NNSA) and a formal method of feedback. The OE-2 document is issued by the Associate Under Secretary (EHSS).

Operating Experience Level 3

The purpose of the Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document is to inform senior HQ and field management when an event(s) or a trend(s) warrants attention by Senior HQ or Field Management, but the issue does not warrant an OE-1 or OE-2 report. The document highlights important environment, safety, and health issues for senior management's attention and potential action. The OE-3 document is issued by the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security.

Please contact Ms. Ashley Ruocco (Ashley Ruocco or 301-903-7010), Office of Analysis, for additional information regarding the Department's Corporate Operating Experience Program and the Operating Experience documents described and available on this web page.

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