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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 WTP Holds Drill for Emergency Preparedness
July 28, 2020
A team at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently held a drill considered an important first step in building an emergency plan.
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WIPP Upgrades Fire Protection System
July 28, 2020
Millions of dollars in new and old infrastructure needs protecting at the EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
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How EM Nevada’s Route Monitoring Ensures Safety of Waste Shipments
July 21, 2020
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Lone Pine, California recently prompted rapid notifications from the EM Nevada Program.
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Idaho Site Safely Ships Waste to Meet Regulatory Agreements
July 21, 2020
DOE cleanup agreements with the state of Idaho require EM to ship nuclear waste for disposal
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Creativity Leads SRS to Complete Equipment Test During COVID-19 Pandemic
July 21, 2020
EM and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site used creativity to complete a critical equipment test.
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New Equipment Strengthens Environmental Monitoring at SRS
July 14, 2020
The EM program has added two portable units to its network of 14 permanent air monitoring stations at the Savannah River Site.
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West Valley Advances Site Security, Safety With New Radios
July 14, 2020
West Valley Demonstration Project recently enhanced its security and safety by purchasing digital trunked radios that can assign frequency channels.
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Mock-up to Support Stabilization of Three At-Risk Structures on Hanford Site
July 7, 2020
The Hanford Site continues a phased remobilization of site operations
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WIPP, SRS Contractors Achieve Voluntary Protection Program Star Status
July 7, 2020
EM contractors at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Savannah River Sitewere recently awarded Star status for safety and health advances.
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Hanford Firefighters Battle Challenging Wildfire
June 30, 2020
In a well-coordinated effort, the Hanford Fire Department and nearby cities and counties successfully contained a wildfire.
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