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Office of Safety, Security, and Quality Assurance

Mission

The Safety, Security, and Quality Assurance Office provides leadership and develops mission strategies, policy and guidance for safety, security, and quality assurance operations in support of EM’s mission. The office also serves as the Central Technical Authority (CTA); provides independent analysis and advice to EM headquarters field offices on nuclear facility safety; and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. The office represents EM in frequent interfaces with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and oversees the startup and restart of nuclear facilities and operational readiness reviews. The office oversees Integrated Safety Management (ISM) and Integrated Safeguards and Security Management (ISSM) activities.

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Office of Field Operations Oversight/Chief of Nuclear Safety

Mission

The CNS provides leadership and develops mission strategies, policy, and guidance for field operations oversight and implementation of nuclear safety requirements to support EM’s mission. The office oversees EM nuclear facilities across the DOE complex and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. The CNS is responsible for strengthening federal oversight, monitoring nuclear projects and operations, applying lessons learned and promoting best practices, carrying out CTA activities affecting nuclear safety at EM sites; and managing differing professional opinions (DPOs).

Office of Safety Management

Mission

The Safety Management Office provides leadership and develops mission strategies, policy, and guidance for safety management to support EM’s mission. The office supports implementation and continuous improvement of Integrated Safety Management Systems (ISMS); provides strategic guidance on EM safety standards and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. The office also serves as the EM liaison with DNFSB, ensuring timely and technically sound responses to the Board’s recommendations and issues. The office coordinates the safety-related authority delegations and conducts safety-related technical qualification activities to support the Federal Technical Capability Panel.

Office of Operational Safety

Mission

The Operational Safety Office provides leadership and develops mission strategies, policy, and guidance for operational safety to support EM’s mission. The office has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling effective execution of the mission and oversees federal and contractor safety and health programs and management systems such as operational awareness activities, conduct of operations, work planning and execution, and assessments. The office supports operational safety performance across the EM complex; helps ensure timely correction of deficient safety conditions; assists with safety innovations, and practices; and verifies the effectiveness of corrective actions.

Office of Standards and Quality Assurance

Mission

The Standards and Quality Assurance Office provides leadership and develops mission strategies, policy, and guidance for standards and quality assurance to support EM’s mission. The office identifies technical, safety, quality requirements, and standards for EM capital and major operating projects and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission. The office develops key criteria for evaluating the quality and technical implementation of the appropriate requirements to support a decision-making process for project critical phases. The office manages the corporate quality assurance (QA) evaluation program to ensure field offices implement the EM headquarters Corporate Quality Assurance Plan (QAP).

​Office of Safeguards, Security, and Emergency Preparedness

Mission

The Safeguards, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Office provides leadership and develops strategies and guidance for meeting safeguards, security, and emergency preparedness requirements to support EM’s mission. The office has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission and implements policy related to physical and information security; classification; and emergency management. The office also supports continuous improvement across the EM complex through application of ISSM principles and serves as a liaison on physical security and emergency management issues to ensure readiness and resilience when incidents occur.

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Safety News

Innovation Accelerates Cleanup, Reduces Cost, Enhances Safety
October 13, 2020
From a more efficient approach for disposing debris to a digital-based monitoring system that helps detect and prevent heat stress.
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Lab Waste-Handling Changes to Further Improve Worker Safety at SRS
October 6, 2020
the Savannah River Site (SRS) have developed a system that improves protection for workers who handle and dispose of contaminated laboratory waste.
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West Valley Encapsulates Slab, Protecting Employees and Environment
October 6, 2020
EM's West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete foundation slab left following the demolition of a utility building.
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Hanford Water Plant Receives Statewide Recognition
September 15, 2020
The Washington State Department of Health presented its distinguished Silver Certificate of Achievement to water treatment plant staff at the Hanford.
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New Ventilation System Increases Safety Margin for Hanford Waste Tank Workers
September 8, 2020
– EM Hanford and its tank operations contractor, have enhanced safety for workers by installing a new exhauster ventilation system above waste tanks.
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3D Printing Improves Radiological Safety at SRS at Low Cost
September 8, 2020
An employee at the Savannah River Site recently discovered how 3D printers can create unique objects at a low cost to improve safety and operations.
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SRS Enhances Safety, Creates Efficiencies in Plutonium Downblend Process
September 1, 2020
The management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site recently completed a three-phase process optimization outage.
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Hanford Employees Conduct Weigh-ins to Ensure Sludge is Safely Maintained
September 1, 2020
It’s weigh-in time for engineered containers of radioactive sludge from the Hanford Site’s K West Reactor.
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Progress Continues on Hanford Project to Stabilize At-Risk Structures
August 25, 2020
A Hanford Site project to stabilize three at-risk underground structures with engineered grout is well underway.
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SRS 'Switches IT Up,' Optimizing Cybersecurity
August 25, 2020
The future of cybersecurity was brought to reality at the Savannah River Site with a hardware upgrade that replaced 800 computer network switches.
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