Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line

Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security

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The Response Line is a service maintained by the Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy, AU-11, within the Office of Health and Safety, AU-10. It provides responses to questions from DOE and DOE contractor personnel regarding worker safety and health requirements and guidance.

The information contained in this response is a technical clarification to a DOE Rule or Directive and should only be applied to the specific conditions described in this response. These responses represent the best available technical knowledge from the Department’s subject matter experts and are NOT binding upon DOE. These responses DO NOT represent approval of a variance, exemption, or equivalence for any requirements.

Requests for exemptions or equivalencies for Directives requirements must follow the procedures in the specified Order, or if there are no such procedures in the specified Order, the procedures for exemptions or equivalencies in DOE O 251.1D must be followed. Requests for exemptions from DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of 10 C.F.R. Part 820, Subpart E, and requests for interpretations of the Atomic Energy Act, Nuclear Statutes, and DOE Nuclear Safety Requirements must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of 10 C.F.R. Part 820, Subpart D.

Requests for variances from the requirements of 10 C.F.R. Part 851 must be made in accordance with 10 C.F.R. Part 851, Subpart D. More information on variances to 10 C.F.R. Part 851 can be found on the eVariance website located at: EHSS. Interpretive rulings regarding 10 C.F.R. Part 851 that are binding on DOE may only be made by the Office of the General Counsel and those wishing to request such a ruling must follow the procedures described in 10 C.F.R. Part 851, Section 851.7. Responses on this Response Line that predate the issuance of 10 C.F.R. Part 851 "Worker Safety and Health Program" on February 9, 2006, may be out of date and should be validated prior to use.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robin Keeler
301-903-9981