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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 Workers Complete Construction of Capsule Transfer Mock-Up
December 22, 2020
The mock-up, which was built at Hanford’s Maintenance and Storage Facility (MASF), replicates the areas of the Waste Encapsulation Storage Facility.
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Idaho Site Crews Inspect 1970s-Era Vaults, Spent Nuclear Fuel Assemblies
December 22, 2020
EM's Idaho National Laboratory recently determined that fuel canisters identified as high risk continue to be safely stored.
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Hanford Medical Contractor Pivots to Provide Flu Shots During Pandemic
December 15, 2020
Each year, the Hanford Site occupational medical services contractor provides influenza, or flu, immunizations for contractor and EM employees.
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West Valley Conducts Virtual Exercise to Prepare for Emergency Incidents
December 15, 2020
EM and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) conducted a training exercise with local emergency response agencies.
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Portsmouth Site D&D Contractor Marks 4 Million Safe Work Hours
December 8, 2020
Workers for the deactivation and decommissioning prime contractor at the Portsmouth Site recently celebrated 4 million safe work hours without a lost.
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Hanford Meteorological Station: Keeping Workers Safe and History Alive
November 24, 2020
At the Hanford Site, weather data drives decisions that keep the workforce safe and healthy through high temperatures.
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Oak Ridge Employs Drone Technology for Safer Inspections
November 24, 2020
What’s the safest way to climb and inspect a 70-year-old, 250-foot-tall brick exhaust stack?
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Safer Dry Storage Area for Radioactive Capsules Takes Shape at Hanford
November 17, 2020
After years of planning, the future interim storage area for nearly 2,000 highly radioactive capsules is taking shape at the Hanford Site.
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EM Contractors Recognized for Safety and Health Excellence
November 10, 2020
EM contractors across the complex have been honored with a variety of awards for safety and health excellence in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program.
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Oak Ridge’s New Technologies Ensure Vehicle Safety
November 10, 2020
EM’s cleanup at Oak Ridge is supported by numerous vehicles that ship waste, transport personnel, and deliver items.
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