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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

Hanford’s 222-S Laboratory Receives Safety Leadership Award
February 25, 2020
The National Safety Council recently awarded the EM Hanford Site’s 222-S Laboratory the Safety Leadership Award
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West Valley Honors Employee for Quick Lifesaving Actions
February 18, 2020
The EM West Valley Demonstration Project commended the captain of the site’s security force in a ceremony last week.
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Oak Ridge Marks Safety Milestone in Mercury Treatment Facility Project
February 18, 2020
Oak Ridge workers building the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility recently achieved a safety milestone.
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West Valley’s 200-Foot Meteorological Tower Passes Inspection
February 11, 2020
A 200-foot meteorological tower critical to cleanup planning at EMs West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site recently passed an annual inspection
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Hanford Site Celebrates New Fire Truck with Traditional Push-in Ceremony
January 28, 2020
Hanford Site fire department recently debuted a new ladder truck that will play a crucial role in emergency responses.
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West Valley Calendar Promotes Safety From Perspectives of Children
January 21, 2020
EM and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project have come up with a new way to raise safety awareness, just in time for 2020!
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Paducah Site Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies
January 14, 2020
The environment health and safety magazine has named EM’s prime infrastructure contractor at the Paducah Site as one of America’s Safest Companies.
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Paducah Site Cleanup Workers Achieve One Million Safe Work Hours
January 7, 2020
Deactivation and remediation workers with FRNP recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
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SRS Training Helps Stop Suspicious Items From Entering Supply Chain
January 7, 2020
Among the training programs an EM contractor has made available to DOE is one that aims to stop suspicious items from entering the SRS supply chain.
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Crews Mark 1 Million Miles of Safe Driving at Hanford Disposal Facility
December 10, 2019
Employees with EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company recently marked 1 million miles of safe driving.
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