Integrated Environment, Health, Safety and Security Management

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) highest level commitment to ensure the protection of its workers, the environment and the communities that surround DOE facilities, is supported by corporate-level leadership and strategic vision to coordinate and integrate vital health, safety and security programs.  The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) is established as DOE’s central organization responsible for integrating these vital programs into a coherent system and approach to enable the achievement of the Department’s critical missions.  EHSS professionals coordinate the broad environment, health, safety and security program elements, provide technical assistance and consult with DOE line management to assist with policy and program implementation.


Employee Concerns Program. Supports the DOE Employees Concerns Program which encourages the free and open expression of employee concerns and provides DOE federal, contractor, and sub-contractor employees with an independent avenue to raise any concern related, but not limited, to the environment, safety, health, security, quality and management. 

Environment.   Supports field elements in the implementation of environmental policies, works in resolving environmental protection issues, and provides feedback to enhance environmental performance throughout the Department. EHSS provides technical assistance, coordination, and integration throughout the complex in the resolution of sustainability issues as well as assistance that supports improved program and field implementation of sustainability programs.

Health and Safety.  Maintains and provides implementation assistance for DOE worker health and safety regulations and policies,  administers the DOE Voluntary Protection Program, delivers medical screening programs to former workers, supports the U.S. Department of Labor in the implementation of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), and conducts domestic and international health studies to determine worker and public health effects from exposure to radiological and hazardous materials.

Facility Safety.  Works with DOE Headquarters and field elements to enable improved implementation of nuclear safety management programs, and fire protection and natural phenomena hazard control requirements.

Nuclear Safety.  Assists field elements in implementation of policy to ensure protection of workers, the public, and the environment from the hazards associated with nuclear operations; and resolves nuclear safety, facility safety, and quality assurance (QA) issues. 

Security.  Develops corporate security policy and standards affecting nuclear weapons facilities, nuclear materials, and classified information and provides security assistance to field elements in planning site protection strategies. Manages the DOE Headquarters personnel security programs.

Classification.  Manages the Government-wide program to classify and declassify nuclear weapons-related technology, implements federal requirements regarding the classification and declassification of information vital to national security.

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