OEC CONFERENCE CALL ARCHIVE

Conference Call Agendas, Minutes, and Materials


2017

June 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation: Lockout/Tagout Safety


Minutes:





April 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
External Operating Experience Update: Integrated Safety Management as a Tool for Change


Minutes:


More OE Links and Info:


February 2017

Tuesday, February 2, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation 1: Integrated Safety Management System


Highlighted Presentation 2: NSTec Ergonomic Program


External Operating Experience Update: University of Hawaii Laboratory Accident


Minutes:



More OE Links and Info:

Join the National Safety Stand-Down
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". It's an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with workers about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for workers to talk to management about fall hazards they see. For more information on the National Safety Stand-Down see this link: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

DOE O 232.2A is now online at: https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/200-series/0232.2-BOrder-A
DOE O 232.2A Approval Memo


OE-3 2016-08, Avoiding Vehicle Accidents


Please note the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating Dodge vehicle incidents (see the accident at LLNL included in the OE-3 2016-08 document). There are vehicle features that contributed to the LLNL accident, please see the link below.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nhtsa-evaluation-dodge-ram-durango-vehicle-roll-away-park-gear-selector/


2016


December 2016

Thursday, December 6, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
External Operating Experience Update: Laser Safety


Minutes:


More OE Links and Info:


November 2016 Fall Workshop

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT
North Las Vegas (Losee) Facility
232 Energy Way, N. Las Vegas, NV

Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
NSTec - Incorporating Operating Experiences in Work Processes


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Lessons Learned/Best Practices Program


OPEXSHARE - The Benefits of Cloud-based Sharing


Meeting Minutes:


More OE Links and Info:

Near Miss at V.C. Summer Construction Site:
On 10/19/2016, an industrial/personnel safety near-miss event occurred at Virgil C. Summer Units 2 & 3 due to a dropped 1,488 lb. steel plate. No workers were in the area where the plate fell since the area below the lift had been appropriately barricaded off.

“Iron workers were removing splice plates that had been installed incorrectly during the erection of CH 81 A/B steel [Turbine Building Structural Support Module] more than a year prior. The plate clamp was attached to the top of the splice plate and tightened down by the rigger. The crane operator took up the slack so the workers could remove the remaining bolts from the bottom of the plate. The plate swung out 6 inches when the bolts were removed due to workers having to lean the plate out to attach the plate clamp. As the plate swung out, the plate clamp lost its bite on the splice plate. The plate fell from the 151-foot elevation striking the “B” condenser and then landed against a scaffold around the 140-foot elevation. The plate came to rest leaning against the scaffold, damaging several scaffold poles and cross bars. There were no injuries to any employees.”

Dropped objects have been an ongoing issue at the V.C. Summer construction site, sometimes occurring several times per week. It is important when you visit construction sites to remain vigilant at all times. Here are a couple of reminders that apply to both the V.C. Summer and the Plant Vogtle construction sites:
  • If you are inspecting on a scaffold or ladder, all tools, hardhats, cell phones, or anything that could cause injury if dropped (≥10’ off ground is the requirement), must be tethered if they are not secured in your vest or pocket. Resident Inspectors can help you get tethers or tethered tools if needed.

  • Read the Safety Task Assessment (STA) specific to the area. If people are working at heights, there should be a barricaded area around them approximately 3x wider than the height of the object). This should be listed on the STA and followed by the crew. Obtain permission before entering the barricaded area. Make sure you get workers’ attention before walking under or near them. If you see unsafe practices or a lack of barricades, tell the foreman or safety personnel.

  • Look up periodically for crane lifts, and listen for horns/whistles. If unsure where to stand safely, ask a rigger. Do not stand where a lifted object could strike you (keeping in mind that dropped objects can deflect).

  • If you have concerns, discuss them with the foremen and/or safety personnel and mention your observations to the resident inspectors.


Article from Standards Insider on the recent approval of the revised ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Standard and the impact it will have on fall protection/restraint and OSH Professionals: The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1

Article from the Washington Free Beacon: Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat

The following October 4, 2016 “DOE 's Approach to Safety and Health Policies, Rules, Orders, Guides, Standards WebEx” presentation materials have been posted at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/doe-worker-safety-health/vtcwebex-meeting-materials.html
  • DOE Worker Safety and Health Policy, How Does It All Fit Together?, Bill McArthur, PhD, DOE/AU-11
DOE Worker Safety and Health Policy, How Does It All Fit Together.pptx
DOE Worker Safety and Health Policy, How Does It All Fit Together.pptx
DOE Worker Safety and Health Policy, How Does It All Fit Together.pptx

  • Recent Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Response Line Clarifications, David Weitzman, DOE/AU-11
Recent S&H Regulatory and Policy Response Line Clarifications.pptx
Recent S&H Regulatory and Policy Response Line Clarifications.pptx
Recent S&H Regulatory and Policy Response Line Clarifications.pptx

October 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation: OEC Workshop Preparation for November 3, 2016


Minutes:


More OE Links and Info:

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Safety Alert on Electrical Operating Experience


Homeland Security News Wire article - Risk of another Chernobyl or Fukushima-type accident worryingly plausible

DOE technical standard DOE-STD-1149-2006 -- Safety and Health Program for DOE Construction Projects has been updated as of August 2016

Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage and Disposal Standard Operating Procedure 2016-06


From the Mine Safety and Health Administration: Drill Entanglement Safety Alert

Since 2002, accidents in which miners became entangled in drilling and augering equipment resulted in the deaths of at least seven persons, and numerous others sustained serious injuries. Drillers are regularly exposed to rotating machinery that is difficult to guard and can entangle clothing and body parts, resulting in potentially fatal or seriously disabling injuries. Focusing on safe job procedures, staying clear of rotating drill and augers, complying with drilling safety standards and following best practices will reduce the risk of death or injury. Drillers often work alone or in out-of-the-way locations where other miners do not regularly work or travel. Even though drillers observe precautions, drillers may not be assigned to work alone unless they can communicate with others, or be seen or heard. Best practice is for mine operators, contractors and miners to develop the means for, and practice, regular and frequent communications.

Failure to follow safe drilling practices has consequences that are illustrated in this month’s Safety Alert. Please read the accident descriptions of three miners who were fatally injured while operating a drill. Whether it was the first or one-thousandth time those drillers got too close or had loose clothing dangling where it could be caught by the rotating steel, the outcome was the same. There are no benefits to being less than 100% attentive to detail. Taking a short cut is just not worth the price one may have to pay for even the slightest deviation from safe work procedures.

MSHA is issuing this Drill Entanglement Safety Alert to help focus industry’s attention on safe drilling practices and, of course, well-maintained equipment. Drillers and their families and friends rely on mine operators and contractors to provide quality equipment and thorough training. Drillers and those supporting the team must strictly follow safety regulations and best practices and rigorously attend to detail. Supervisors must provide direction and oversight, and reinforce expectations of safe work practices.

Take time to inspect equipment and make all needed repairs. Review the regulations and best work practices, look for and fill any gaps in training, and commit to and practice safe drilling, every minute of every day. Don’t put it off.

Here is a link to the Drill Entanglement Safety Alert recently published on MSHA’s website: Drill Entanglement Safety Alert. The Spanish language version is available here: Drill Entanglement Safety Alert (Spanish). These Alerts are available on MSHA’s Metal and Nonmetal Resource page under Monthly Fatality Prevention Initiatives, August 2016. Alerts published in previous months may also be accessed on this webpage. MSHA plans to conduct “Walk and Talks” at mine sites again this month to discuss drill safety. MSHA encourages you to download the Alert, review the best practices, implement them and reinforce their use in your organization, and forward the Alert to others in your company and industry networks.

MSHA regularly collaborates with industry representatives to develop its monthly safety alerts. The topic for this Safety Alert was suggested by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers’ Safety Committee. If you have a suggestion for a future Alert, please submit it to MNMAccidentPrevention@dol.gov.

Neal H. Merrifield, Administrator for
Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health
Mine Safety and Health Administration

Chemical Safety Board Process Safety Culture Case Study: Tesoro Martinez Refinery

Forrestal Electrical Safety


DOE Article What "Stranger Things" Didn't Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department

Lesson Learned from the Office of Environmental Management: Safety Alert Regarding Respiratory Protection Equipment Survey Issues



August 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation: NSTec Predictive Analytic Project


Minutes:


More OE Links and Info:

Newly Revised ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Standard: “American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification”

CA Attorney General Issues Consumer Alert on Staying Safe While Having Fun With Pokemon Go:
https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-issues-consumer-alert-staying-safe-while-having-fun-pok%C3%A9mon-go

IH/OS Construction Safety Website

From the Center for Construction Research and Training: Working Safely with Silica - How to Prevent a Silica Hazard and Protect Workers

URS Gets Enforcement Letter for 2015 Heat Stress Symptoms Incident at SPRU, see the article here.

EHS Today Article - Don't Fail at Ladder and Fall Safety - photo gallery

ASSE Ladder Safety & Fall Protection Conference September 2016 Myrtle Beach, SC: http://region6.asse.org/pdc/

As a follow-up to the Operating Experience Level 3 Document, "Ladder Safety" a new section has been added to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities IH/OS SIG Web site under Construction Safety at:
http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/tech-topics/construction-safety.html

Article by TJ Lyons - A checklist for Hiring the Perfect Safety Manager

Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) New Website devoted to transparent communication of vapors at Hanford’s Tank Farms: www.hanfordvapors.com

Digital Clamp Meters Recalled by Klein Tools Due to Shock, Burn Hazards

ORNL Safety Flash on Eyewash Unit that Failed to Deploy


EHSS Rotator Highlights

DOE Annual Site Environmental Reports (ASER)

National Sleep Foundation Expert Consensus Panel Concludes that Missing a Night of Sleep Renders Drivers Unfit to Operate a Motor Vehicle

Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2016) —The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) today published the conclusions of its Drowsy Driving Consensus Panel in the June 2016 online edition of its award-winning journal Sleep Health.The publication marks the first scientific expert consensus determination that it is unsafe to operate a motor vehicle when sleep deprived. The panel concluded: Individuals who have slept less than2 hours in the prior 24 hoursare too sleep deprived to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.Members of the NSF-convened expert panel further agreed that most healthy drivers would likely be impaired with only three to five hours of sleep during the prior 24 hours.

“The National Sleep Foundation Drowsy Driving Consensus Statement gives public policy makers a clear direction on when vehicle operators should be considered too sleep deprived to drive, and are therefore impaired,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “We believe this simple definition for drowsy driving will serve as a powerful tool to help policy makers create safer roads and drivers to make sound decisions.”

The publication and definition are the result of a systematic literature review by a panel of experts from sleep, transportation and medicine, followed by consensus building and voting. The consensus statement has been endorsed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms.

“Sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year. This study represents the first expert consensus determination available to guide those attempting to reduce the risk of these preventable tragedies through legislation and public policies,” said Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, Chair of the Consensus Panel and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The Drowsy Driving Consensus Statement will be featured in the June 2016 print edition of NSF’s Sleep HealthJournal and is now available online at www.sleephealthjournal.org. The Drowsy Driving Definition was first announced during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week 2015, NSF’s annual campaign to educate the public about the under-reported risks of drowsy driving and to improve safety on the road. For more information about the Drowsy Driving Consensus Statement or to schedule an interview, please contact Tom Clifford atnsfmedia@sleepfoundation.org


June 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation 1: NSI Dashboard


Highlighted Presentation 2: AI Program


NSTec Best Practice Preventing Roll-up Door Hazards


More OE Links and Info:

Oak Ridge Associated Universities has added a new Crystalline Silica resource section to the IH/OS SIG at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/tech-topics/construction-safety.html
This new section has resources that focus on the recent OSHA's Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.

Washington River Protection Solutions has launched a new webpage dedicated to transparent communication of industrial hygiene sampling data to the workforce, interested stakeholders and the general public. You can access the webpage at http://wrpstoc.com/tank-farm-ih/

Presentation slides from the 2016 DOE and DOE Contractors Industrial Hygiene Meeting have been posted to the IH/OS SIG website at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/meetings/presentation.html

Heat Stress:
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Summer Heat Stress Campaign resources at: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html
Resources on the IH/OS SIG web site:
Under “Heat Stress” at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/resources/general-resources.html

Posters at http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/resources/posters.html:

Ø NIOSH Fast Facts: Ticks and Mosquitoes
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Ø NIOSH Fast Facts: Poisonous Plants
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Please note there has been an amendment to 10 CFR 851, Worker Safety and Health Program. The amendment clarifies references in 10 CFR 851 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's permissible exposure limit for beryllium. A copy of the notice is posted on the DOE Workers Safety and Health web page located at: http://www.energy.gov/ehss/worker-safety-and-health as well as attached to this email.

Direct any questions regarding the amendment to Jacqueline Rogers on 202-586-4714 or by email at: Jackie.rogers@hq.doe.gov.

OSHA's Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Slide Presentation: OSHA's Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Any questions related to the Silica material should be directed to Jackie Rogers on 202-586-4714 or Jackie.Rogers@hq.doe.gov.

May is American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month and chances are you personally know of someone who has had a stroke. It is important to remind everyone that if a stroke is caught early and medical care is rendered, there is an improved chance for a positive outcome. Heed the warning signs of a stroke and get help immediately by remembering the acronym FAST:
F
F = Face Drooping:Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A
A = Arm WeaknessIs one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S
S = Speech DifficultyIs speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T
T = Time to call 9-1-1If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Please visit the IH/OS SIG Website for additional stroke awareness resources at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/resources/s-h-awareness-month.html

NRC Regulatory Issue Summary 2016-05: Embedded Devices in Safety Related Systems



Information from the American Society of Safety Engineers

1) The CDC MMWR report, April 22, 2016, has been released, Hearing Impairment Among Noise-Exposed Workers — United States, 2003–2012 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6515a2.htm?s_cid=mm6515a2_e

2) OSHA’s has issued the Eye and Face Protection Standard Final Rule, 3/31/2016.
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-25/pdf/2016-06359.pdf

OSHA Issues Eye and Face Protection Standard Final Rule (03/31/2016): OSHA has issued a final rule to revise its eye and face protection standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, long-shoring and construction by updating the references to national consensus standards approved by ANSI. OSHA requires employers to ensure that their employees use eye and face protection where necessary to protect them against flying objects, splashes or droplets of hazardous chemicals, and other workplace hazards that could injure their eyes and face. OSHA’s standards state that the protection employers provide must meet specified consensus standards. This rule is intended to update ANSI Z87.1, Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices standard incorporated by reference from the 1989 version to the 2010 version. It took effect on April 25, 2016.



Safety document, Personal Protective Equipment for Engineered Nanoparticles, a fact sheet sponsored by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Nanotechnology Working Group, October 23, 2015 can be found at: https://www.aiha.org/government-affairs/Documents/PPE%20for%20ENP_FINAL.pdf

April 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:



Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation 1: Documented Safety Analysis Legacy Reviews - Mark Mitchell form Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Highlighted Presentation 2: Perfluorocarbon Tracers Leak Search



More OE Links and Info:

SANS OUCH - April 2016 Issue

OSHA has issued a final rule on the following:
1) Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica - https://www.osha.gov/silica/index.html
2) Eye and Face Protection Standard - https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-25/pdf/2016-06359.pdf

More information related to OE-3 2016-03, Ergonomically Correct Equipment Can Decrease the Risk for Work Station Injuries






EHS Today article on Hearing Protection

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica

DOE Article: Oak Ridge's K-27 Demolition Officially Begins

Video: DOE's Oak Ridge Site Kicks Off Demolition of the K-27 Building


2016 National Fall Prevention Campaign will take place on May 2-6:
http://energy.gov/ehss/articles/2016-national-fall-prevention-campaign

New NIOSH guidance document related to occupational exposure to heat called “Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments,” February 2016. Direct link to the document is:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2016-106/?s_cid=3ni7d2heatstrcrdocrr03082016

Additional heat related resources are:
1) NIOSH Fast Facts: Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-114/pdfs/2010-114.pdf
2) NIOSH Infographic: Protecting Your Worker from Heat Stress: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/infographic.html
3) Oak Ridge Associated Universities Heat Stress Resource Section to the IH/OS SIG website: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/resources/general-resources.html

The following four Safety Culture resources have been added to the ORISE Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Safety Website:
1) Creating a Safety Culture - sponsored by OSHA
2) Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice - sponsored by The Center for Construction Research Training
3) Safety Culture at Berkeley Lab - sponsored by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
4) A Literature Review of Safety Culture - sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories
All of the above references can be found at: http://orise.orau.gov/ihos/resources/general-resources.html

February 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:



Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation from NSTec:
Lessons Learned from the October 18, 2015 1000 Year Storm Resulting in Significant NNSS Road Damage



External OE from Gilbane Company:



More OE Links and Info:

  • How to Prevent a Power Strip Fire Poster (AU-11)


  • Florida State University/National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – Worker Fatality During Attempted Removal of Blind Flange on Cell 14 Magnet Cooling Water System (info from LANL)



  • ASSE Publication: Don't Forget About Overhead Doors December 2015





  • Personal Commitment to Excellence in Health and Safety Message from Secretary Moniz and Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall



2015

December 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:



Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation: WAPA's Fall Protection Program


External OE from AU-23: Slips, Falls, and Other Winter Hazards


External OE from NSTec on Electronic Devices


External Links:
OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations of 2015 Announced at NSC Expo

October 2015- OEC Workshop at EFCOG's ISM&QA Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 8:00AM - 4:30PM PDT

EFCOG ISM&QA Technical Subgroup Fall 2015 Meeting

232 Energy Way, N. Las Vegas, NV
Webinar Option:Join WebEx Meeting
Meeting Number: 803 045 728
Meeting Password: 1234
Join by Phone: 1-855-282-6330 (US Toll Free) or 1-415-655-0003 (US Toll)
Access Code: 803 045 728

Agenda:


Minutes:


Presentation Files:

DOE’s Enforcement Program: Connecting with OE


OPEXShare - Implementing an Effective OE Program- RL


Connecting the Dots to Foster a Learning Culture- ORNL


CNS’ SharePoint Based Lessons Learned System


Lessons Learned: How PNNL is Using Videos


Afternoon Agenda Slide


Safety Culture Lessons Learned- OREM



Lessons Learned Recognition Program


September 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657

Agenda:



Minutes:


Additional Materials on Topics Discussed:





TA-53 Arc-Flash Accident Joint Accident Investigation Team (JAIT) Report:



July 2015 - Nuclear Safety Theme

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:



Highlighted Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation 1: New Airborne Dispersion Modeling and Its Impact on Safety Basis Documentation at a DOE Waste Handling and Processing Facility



External OE Presentation:
External Operating Experience Presentation: NRC Information Notices: Qualification of Safety-Related Components and Antifreeze Agents in Fire Water Sprinklers


May 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


Highlighted Presentation:
DC Circuit Court Decision regarding RICE NESHAP & NSPS - Emergency Backup Generators


Highlighted Presentation:
ORPS Analysis and Trending


Highlighted Discussion:
Idaho National Laboratory, Arc Flash at CFA Substation - (Significance Category 3) Information and Photos



CFA Substation Breakers B42 and B44.JPGB44 Ground Showing Shotgun Tool.JPGB44 Ground Cluster Attachment.JPG

External OE Presentation:


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Lessons Learned: NSTec Documents Displayed in Public Areas Must Be Released by the Classification Office
  2. Lessons Learned: NSTec Bare Electrical Wires Exposed
  3. Lessons Learned- Washington Closure Hanford
    Drinking Up the Savings: Water Bottle Change Precipitates Cost Reduction
  4. Lessons Learned- LLNL
    Plan Your Day to Stay Away from Emergency Exercises
  5. OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication-
    Upcoming Implementation Date for New Hazard Communication Standard
  6. External LL Site- AIR University LL
  7. NSC- Celebrate and Participate in National Safety Month- June
  8. Ladder Safety Tips - CA Short

April 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


NSTec- Safety Alert regarding Dielectric Safety Boot Failures


External OE Presentation:


Wildland Fire Protections at LANL Brochure:


OES 2012-03: Operating Experience from Cerro Grande and Las Conchas Fires Improves Los Alamos National Laboratory Emergency Preparedness and Response to Wildfire Events

Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. External LL Site- AIR University LL
  2. NSC- Celebrate and Participate in National Safety Month- June
  3. PNNL Flowchart for Unattended Hot Plates


February 2015


Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Highlighted Presentations:
DOE/NRC Agreement for Nuclear Safety Information Exchange – James Hammelman (NRC)


External OE Presentation:
Cranes, Slings and Things that Go Drop – Larry Stirling (AU-23)

Current and Relevant OE Links:

1. OSHA 6-Foot Stepladder Fall Fatality Fact Sheet


2. OSHA Electrocution Fatality Fact Sheet


3. OSHA Struck by Vehicle Fatality Fact Sheet


4. OSHA Presentation: Construction Safety Violations


5. OSHA Presentation: General Industry Safety Violations


6. Electronic Cigarettes Fires and Explosions


7. FLASH Notice from Sandia National Laboratories: Radiation Protection, Waste Management, and ES&H


FLASH NOTICE: Employee Eye Injury
A recent eye injury is suspected of being the result of using a non-vapor venting bottle to dispense solvents. The following information is intended to encourage conversation and action to prevent further employee injury.

  • REPORT:
  • While a lab worker moved a non-vapor venting squirt bottle containing acetone from one counter to another, a small quantity of the solvent was unexpectedly discharged from the bottle, splashing the worker. Although the worker was wearing the proper side-shielded safety glasses, some of the acetone splashed underneath the eyewear, entering the worker’s eye and causing minor irritation.

  • PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION:
  • It is believed that a vapor pressure build-up within the bottle inadvertently discharged a small quantity of the solvent which splashed onto the worker.

  • ACTION REQUESTED:
  • To prevent similar injuries, it is strongly recommended that all non-vapor venting squirt or wash bottles be replaced with vapor venting bottles as soon as possible.Vapor venting squirt or wash bottles feature a two-way vent valve that prevents vapor pressure build-up, reducing the potential for drips and leaks.

  • A similar pressure release reminder:Although it was not an issue in this incident, when opening chemicals that have been shipped to your location from a lower elevation, be prepared for a pressure release.

  • If you have any questions, please contact your ES&H Coordinator or Industrial Hygiene. Provided by SNL

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2014

December 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


Highlighted Presentation: Nuclear Safety Information Dashboard (presented by AU-23)


External OE Presentation: Workplace Holiday Safety


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. ESH Director's Forum: Chemical Management and Radiological Material Management (sponsored by ANL)

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November 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


Highlighted Presentation on Work Environment Forecasting presented by Pantex


External OE Presentation: Laboratory Safety


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Naval Safety Center: Photo of the Week
  2. Naval Safety Center- Funnies
  3. DOE SPOtlight November 2014 issue
  4. NHTSA: Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action
  5. DOE SPOtlight October 2014 issue
  6. AI Report: Chemical Explosion at the Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex (NPTEC) on June 13, 2014
  7. OSHA- OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements
  8. Oak Ridge Today Article: ORISE receives DOE Legacy of Stars safety, health award
  9. SLAC Site Office Fall Protection White Paper and Diagrams-
  10. September 29-30: EPA Hosts Chemical Safety Data Summit and Webinar in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-

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September 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:

Minutes:


Highlighted Presentations
Presentation 1: Material Handling Analysis by BNL

Presentation 2: Lessons Learned from the Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex Drum Explosion in June 2014


External OE Presentation: Heat Illness Prevention


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Recall: Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  2. Toughbook Laptop Battery Recall-
  3. NSC Article: Reporting Near Misses
  4. Nanomaterial Safety- ; ;
  5. Roll-Up Door Related Article from NY Dept of Health: Maintenance Mechanic Killed when Improperly Installed Overhead Garage Door Toppled Scissors Lift
  6. NSC- Fall Proofing Your Home
  7. NSC- Falling Facts
  8. DOE EM and National Academies Press: Best Practices for Risk-Informed Decision Making Regarding Contaminated Sites
  9. DOE AU: Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment
  10. External OE Lab Safety: University of Minnesota explosion and response
  11. National Academies: Strong, Positive Safety Culture in Chemical Labs Requires Support From All Levels Within Research Institutions
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July 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:

Minutes:


Highlighted Presentation:
Accident Investigation of Detonator Initiation at Sandia National Laboratories presented by NNSA



External OE Presentation:


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy Safety and Health Regulatory and Policy Reponse Line submission, D14-04-001, Powered Industrial Door Operator Guarding
  2. CDC Norovirus Surveillance
  3. DOE Bannister Federal Complex moves forward with closing
  4. EHS Today- Safety 2014: Make Your Workplace Safer by Tapping into the Power of Habit
  5. EHS Today- GAO Calls for Expanded Federal Oversight of Ammonium Nitrate Facilities
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May 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Agenda:

Minutes:

External OE Presentation from AU-23: Fire Safety and Green Buildings

This month’s OEC call will focus on Site Operating Experience. Each site- please prepare to discuss lessons learned, OE, ORPS reports, and any relevant issues with the group. Send me your discussion points in advance.
Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Posters from LANL- Hand Protection

  1. OSHA- National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction June 2-6, 2014
  2. DOE- Guidance Clarifying the Criteria for Returning to Work after Injury or Significant Illness for Federal Employees: A List of Frequently-Asked Questions (March 24, 2014)
  3. EH&S- Fatal Four: Safety in the Construction Industry
  4. OH&S: Workers' Memorial Day 2014: Chemicals, New Hazards, Falls
  5. EHS Article: The OSHA Videos that Thorne Auchter Didn't Want You to See
  6. EHS: Safety and Risk Management Groups Have Concerns About OSHA’s Proposed Reporting Rule
  7. EHS: Old School versus the New Generation -- Technology Transforms Safety
  8. EHS: Eye Safety: Tips for Protecting Vision in the Workplace


March 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Agenda:

Minutes:



Highlighted Presentation- Laceration Prevention presented by BNL


HS-24 External OE Presentation


Safety Topic from TJ Lyons, Gilbane Co: Blocked Clothes Dryer Exhaust (posted 2/3/14)


Bechtel Environmental, Safety, & Health Alert #0026: AT-PC Rosette Clamps Product/Equipment Recall (posted 2/18/14)


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Safety and Health- Get Started (February 2014- leading indicators article)
  2. First Aid Resource- Answers.com- Resource recommended and sent by students at the Morrow Community Center in GA
  3. DOE: The NE Update, January 2014
  4. SC Pulse Newsletter, 1/20/2014
  5. DOE: Secretary Moniz Announces Nearly $50 Million to Advance High-Tech, Fuel Efficient American Autos
  6. DOE: Massive Hanford Test Reactor Removed - Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor removed from Hanford’s 300 Area
  7. NNSA to Conduct Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey in New Jersey, New York
  8. EFCOG Best Practice158, Laser Safety Newsletter, 1/17/14
  9. OSHA Trade Release - OSHA extends comment period on proposed silica rule to February 11
  10. U.S. Chemical Safety Board: CSB Safety Message "After the Rainbow" Focuses on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs
  11. IAEA Delivers Final Report on Remediation in Fukushima to Japan, 1/24/2014
  12. IAEA: Food and Environmental Protection Newsletter, January 2014
  13. NRC Information Notice 1993-03, Rev. 1: Exothermic Reactions Involving Dried Uranium Oxide Powder (Yellowcake)

January 2014

Special Thematic Meeting on Organizational and Safety Culture

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Agenda:


Minutes:


January 14 Presentation Files:
Highlighted Presentation: Introduction to Organizational Culture

Highlighted Presentation: Safety Culture presented by EM

Highlighted Presentation: LBNL Safety Culture Initiative

External Operating Experience- presented by HS-24


INPO Guidance discussed on January 14 webinar:


Relevant Info for the next thematic OEC Webinar:
  1. Safety Culture at Berkley Laboratory
  2. IRMI- The Power of Relationships TJ Lyons
  3. NRC- Singing From the Same Safety Culture Song Sheet

Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory publishes its 2014 Science as Art Calendar
  2. DOE- Oak Ridge Focuses on Old and New in 2013
  3. NNSA- 2013 Year of Important Accomplishments and Improvements for NNSA
  4. EFCOG Meeting Calendar – updated 1/2/2014
  5. DOE- Oak Ridge Public Involvement News, January 2014
  6. DOE PNNL- Batteries as They Are Meant to be Seen
  7. DOE SC- Observing the Sparks of Life
  8. Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Bulletin, December 2013
  9. NCSU- Researchers find simple, cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency
  10. OHS- Silica, Spills, Lawsuits & Rules Article (Jan. 1, 2014)
  11. DOE Funds $3 Million Fuel Cell Project with FedEx


2013

December 2013

*OEC MEETING POSTPONED due to federal offices in DC closed 12/10/13 (weather related)*
New Date for our Meeting: Monday, 12/16 at 11AM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 5863657
No Webinar Portion for December's call


December Minutes:


EFCOG Best Practices Webpage (to be discussed on 12/16):
http://www.efcog.org/bp/index.htm

Best Practice #32 Revision 1: http://www.efcog.org/bp/p/32.htm
Reducing Time and Cost through use of a general Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) for Construction Activities (3/02/05)

New Best Practice 157: http://www.efcog.org/bp/p/157.htm
Using Laser safety questionnaires to gather assessment information and performance metrics data

External OE Discussion (Larry Stirling, HS-24):
(posted 12/16/13)


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. HSE Alert 2013-37 Fatal Accident on the G2 Construction Site
  2. EFCOG: December 2-5, 2013 - ISM&QA Working Group Fall 2013 Meeting- Registration Open
  3. DNFSB- Delay of public hearing on Y-12 National Security Complex
  • Bechtel: Caterpillar Rollers—Forward/Reverse Lever Arm Breaking Off Mounting Plate

  • Bechtel: Capital Safety SA13-068 Body Harness


October 2013

NEW Agenda for the October 8 OEC Webinar

October Minutes


Highlighted Presentations:
Analysis of Integrated Safety Management at the Activity Level: Work Planning and Control. Analysis Results, Recommendations, and Operating Experience Summaries for Continual Improvement

Report: Analysis of Integrated Safety Management at the Activity Level: Work Planning and Control



Perspectives on the Secretary of Energy's Memorandum: Personal Commitment to Health and Safety through Leadership, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Learning (September 20, 2013)


Accident Investigation of the June 1, 2013 Stairway Fall Resulting in a Federal Employee Fatality at DOE Headquarters
Germantown, Maryland



External Operating Experience presented by HS-24


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. OH&S- Eight Cultural Imperatives for Workplace Safety
  2. DOE- NNSA SD 450.2, Functions, Responsibilities, and Authorities (FRA) Document for Safety Management, 6/20/2013
  3. DOE- DOE Excess Uranium Inventory Management Plan, 7/3/2013
  4. OSHA- Hazard Alert Webpage on 1-bromopropane





September 2013







Discussion on recurring personal contamination events at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility




DOE SPOtlight- September 2013


DOL News Release: OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert on 1-bromopropane, urge efforts to safeguard workers from exposure to toxic chemical


Xerox Scanning Issue Updates



Best Practice #152: Cognizant Engineer/Alternate Cognizant Engineer System Assignment List


CSB Case Study- Electric Arc Furnace Explosion, Carbide Industries, LLC, Louisville, KY


Bechtel Environmental, Safety, & Health Alert #0014- Explosion Hazard- Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel


Bechtel Environmental, Safety, & Health Alert #0017- Genie High Pressure Hydraulic Hose Routing


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. Update on Scanning Issue: Software Patches To Come
    http://realbusinessatxerox.blogs.xerox.com/2013/08/07/update-on-scanning-issue-software-patches-to-come/

    Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents
    http://www.dkriesel.com/en/blog/2013/0802_xerox-workcentres_are_switching_written_numbers_when_scanning
  2. EFCOG Best Practice #153- Process for Reporting Security Incidents and Concerns
  3. DOE- Y-12 National Security Complex Public Meeting
  4. DNFSB- Policy Statement on Assessing Risk
  5. NRC – Notice, Three Mile Island, Unit 2; Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report
  6. IAEA- TECHDOC-1715, Commercial Products and Services of Research Reactors
  7. OH&S: Prescription for a Hazardous Workplace



August 2013




(Minutes updated 8/23/13)

Lessons Learned on Government Vehicle Accidents- WRPS (presented on the OEC Call)


EFCOG Best Practice #151- Task Preview- A Risk-Based Approach to Error Management in Work Planning (presented on the OEC Call)
http://www.efcog.org/bp/p/151.htm

AGC Best Practices:


DOE SPOtlight (August 2013):


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE Blog
  2. DOE- Hanford Site Treating Record Amount of Contaminated Groundwater
  3. DOE- Hurricane Season- Predicting in Advance What Could Happen
  4. GAO- Nuclear Weapons - Factors Leading to Cost Increases with the Uranium Processing Facility, GAO-13-686R, Jul 12, 2013
  5. GAO- Strategic Sourcing - Improved and Expanded Use Could Provide Significant Procurement Savings, GAO-13-765T, Jul 15, 2013
  6. EFCOG Meeting: October 7- 11, 2013 - 2013 Annual DOE/EFCOG Electrical Safety Meeting & Workshop, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
  7. OSHA- OSHA and the Society of Chemical Hazard Alliance to present webinar on GHS requirements
  8. OSHA- Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors
  9. OSHA- New workers most at risk for heat-related illness
  10. CDC- Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
  11. EPA- SunWise Kids
  12. EPA- Daily UV Index
  13. EHS- Infographic: Is Your City One of the Deadliest for Workers?
  14. EHS- Infographic: The High Cost of Slips, Trips and Falls
  15. EHS- Four Clues Your Safety Culture Is Out of Balance
  16. EHS- The Importance of Properly Fitting Hearing Protection
  17. IW- The 'Ticking Time Bomb' of Counterfeit Electronic Parts
  18. IAEA- IAEA Experts Complete Chernobyl Mission (Partial Roof Collapse)
  19. Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center- Two More Chains in tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots



July 2013






3M 6000 Full-Face Respirators Notice - 6000 Series User Advisory


NSC Bulletin- Employee Wellness: Make Healthy Decisions


DOE Spotlight- July 2013


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE Blog
  2. DOE-STD-1070-94 (Reaffirmed June 2013), Guidelines for Evaluation of Nuclear Facility Training Programs
  3. DOE Website for Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI)
  4. DOE Oak Ridge Office Public Involvement Newsletter, July 2013
  5. Pantex Plant increases safety efforts
  6. NRC identifies staff violations at nuclear plant
  7. IW- Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion Kills One
  8. EHS- Safety 2013: Four Clues Your Safety Culture Is Out of Balance
  9. EHS- Speak Up For Safety: Take the 2013 National Safety Survey
  10. EHS- Preventable Occupational Diseases Can Happen To You
  11. EHS- The Sounds of Summer: Three Tips to Protect Your Hearing
  12. EHS- Be Prepared, Be Safe: June 16-22 is Emergency Preparedness Week
  13. Mayo Clinic- Stretch Your Way to Better Health
  14. Symmetry (Dimensions in Particle Physics), July 2013


June 2013





Items Reviewed on OEC Call:
LANL BiMonthly Safety Newsletter


NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 2013-09: COMPRESSED FLAMMABLE GAS CYLINDERS AND ASSOCIATED HAZARDS


'Through a New Lens- Apollo, Challenger, and Columbia through the Lens of NASA's Safety Culture Five-Factor Model'- NASA Safety Center April 2013 Publication


How a Questioning Attitude Encourages Safety (NRC)



Provided by OEC Member on June 11, 2013:
Radiation Safety- Accelerator Leak Halts Japanese Physics Experiments


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE Video: Secretary Moniz's First Day
  2. Nuclear Energy Industry Congratulates Moniz On Confirmation as Secretary of Energy
  3. DOE Infographics on Pinterest
  4. SC Pulse Newsletter, 5/27/2013
  5. DOE Oak Ridge Public Involvement, June 2013
  6. EFCOG Meeting: October 7- 11, 2013 - 2013 Annual DOE/EFCOG Electrical Safety Meeting & Workshop, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
  7. Portsmouth: Site Recycles Millions of Pounds of Metal
  8. Hanford: Green Initiatives Keep Hanford Site Environmentally Responsible
  9. Oak Ridge Reflects on 30 Years of Cleanup
  10. DOE EM: New Career Development Program Equips EM Employees with Leadership Skills
  11. Congressional Research Service Report: Congressional Primer on Major Disasters and Emergencies, May 24, 2013
  12. Congressional Research Service Report: U.S.-EU Cooperation Against Terrorism, May 21, 2013
  13. IAEA Nuclear Data Newsletter, May 2013
  14. IAEA: Legal Experts Meet at IAEA to Review Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage
  15. IAEA: Japan Hosts IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School

May 2013


DOE CORPORATE OPERATING EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE SPRING WEBINAR
Date: May 14, 2013, 11AM - 3PM ET
Call-In Number: 303-248-0285
Access Code (for both call and web): 5863657
Web Log-In: www.readytalk.com

Instead of our regularly-scheduled monthly call on May 14, we will hold a half-day Webinar on topics that would have been discussed at the OE Committee Meeting held in conjunction with EFCOG.

Agenda:

Minutes:



Update from the Office of Analysis:


Presentations:

1) EM ARRA Lessons Learned Initiative, EM


2) Slip Simulator, LANL


3) OPEX Share, RL


4) Prevention Through Design, ITSI Gilbane Co.


5) Lessons Learned Program, TJLab


6) Fostering a Learning Culture at SLAC, SLAC


7) Brookhaven National Laboratory Lessons Learned Program, BNL


8) How We Share Lessons Learned, ITSI Gilbane Co.


9) Monitoring the Effectiveness of the LANL Operating Experience Program, LANL



Boom Chain Document from ITSI Gilbane (Near Miss & Alert)


Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE Infographics on Pinterest
  2. DOE Accident Prevention and Investigation Bi-Annual Summary Report, 4/1/2013
  3. Paducah’s East End Smelter demolition (PHOTOS)
  4. OSHA: Request for Interpretation of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard for Combustible Dust
  5. IAEA: Strengthening Regulatory Infrastructure – Safety Standards for Strengthening Regulatory Infrastructure
  6. IAEA: Iran Informs IAEA on Nuclear Power Plant Following Quake
  7. Key Nuclear Weapons and Related Amendments to the FY 2014 Senate Budget Resolution (
  8. GAO: 2013 Annual Report - Actions Needed to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-13-279SP, Apr 9, 2013
  9. GAO: Government Efficiency and Effectiveness - Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-13-496T, Apr 9, 2013 (Testimony)
  10. NECplus article: “The Source, The heart of an emergency power supply system”
  11. NIOSH Science Blog: Workplace Health Is Public Health
  12. NIOSH: The Safe, Skilled, Ready Workforce Initiative
  13. NY Times: “Treatment Plant for Waste in Nuclear Cleanup Has Design Flaws, Panel Says,”
  14. NY Times: As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long-Term Health Risks Fester (with VIDEO)
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April 2013






SPRING OPERATING EXPERIENCE COMMITTEE WEBINAR: MAY 14, 2013, 11AM-3PM EST
Instead of our regularly-scheduled monthly call on May 14, we will hold a half-day Webinar on topics that would have been discussed at the OE Committee Meeting held in conjunction with EFCOG.

OE related material to be reviewed on the call:



*Related Recent Combustible Dust Event: Explosion at a Bartlett Grain Co. Flour Mill Repeat Experience for Company (posted 4/11/13, ARuocco)


*More Info the Arkansas Nuclear Plant Industrial Accident from NRC (posted 4/11/13, ARuocco):




DOE History: Hanford's Historic Collection of Photos circa 1894-1945

Current and Relevant OE Links:**
  1. EFCOG Meeting: April 30- May 02, 2013 - ISM&QA Working Group Spring 2013 Meeting, Argonne National Laboratory HAS BEEN POSTPONED
  2. DOE letter to DNFSB with deliverable 2A-2 (Evaluate fixed combustibles and define the fixed combustible removal, encapsulation, or isolation scope) of the Implementation Plan for Recommendation 2012-1, Savannah River Site Building 235-F Safety- 3/3/13
  3. DOE Announces Preference for Disposal of Hanford Transuranic Tank Waste at WIPP
  4. DOE Notification to DNFSB that the Upgrade of the Tank Farms Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) was Completed on February 21, 2013
  5. DOE Oak Ridge Office Public Involvement Newsletter, March 2013
  6. HSS Safety Basis Report, 3/8/2013
  7. HSS Office of Independent Oversight Follow-up Review of the Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program, February 2013
  8. HSS Office of Independent Oversight Review of the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Construction Quality, March 2013
  9. EM Opens New Waste Repackaging Facility at Laboratory (LANL)
  10. EM Marks Milestone at Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU)
  11. EM International Cooperative Program – Table of Actions, 10/2012
  12. NNSA Conducts Radiological Training for Jordanian and Iraqi Officials
  13. NNSA and Temple University Successfully Remove Radiological Device from Campus Medical Building
  14. Hanford Deep Dig Removes Contaminated Soil
  15. NRC Information Notice in 2013-03, Recent Issue with the Definition of Core Quadrant, 3/5/2013
  16. University Competition Leads to Geothermal Breakthroughs
  17. Letter from the President of Amarillo College to the DNFSB
  18. NIOSH Science Blog: New Findings on Lung Tumor Formation in Laboratory Mice Exposed to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  19. Congressional Research Service Report: Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources
  20. Department of Justice: CH2M Hill Hanford Group Inc. Admits Criminal Conduct, Parent Company Agrees to Cooperate in Ongoing Investigation and Pay $18.5 Million to Resolve Civil and Criminal Allegations
  21. National Journal article “Who Is Ernest Moniz, Obama's Choice for Energy Secretary?” 3/4/2013
  22. The Associated Press article, “Feds Look To Ship Wash. Radioactive Waste To NM,” 3/7/2013
  23. The State article “Report: SRS radiation could skyrocket if door opened to commercial waste” 2/27/2013
  24. GAO- Cybersecurity - A Better Defined and Implemented National Strategy Is Needed to Address Persistent Challenges, GAO-13-462T, Mar 7, 2013
  25. NEI Item: Filtered Vents and Boiling Water Reactors: It’s Not About the Costs, 3/8/2013
  26. IAEA Perspectives on Future of Nuclear Energy, 3/11/2013
  27. IAEA Statement on the Second Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, 3/8/2013
  28. EHS- The Challenge of Fall Protection

March 2013





Discussed Items on the OEC Call:




Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. HSS Safety Share – Winter Driving Tips
  2. Office of Independent Oversight – Review of the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Black-Cell and Hard-To-Reach Pipe Spools Procurement Process and the Office of River Protection Audit of That Process, January 2013
  3. SLAC- Proof: Cosmic Rays Come from Exploding Stars
  4. Energy Department, Treasury Announce Availability of $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy Manufacturers
  5. Federal Times article: “Agencies to outline sequester plans soon, “Stephen Losey, 2/5/2013
  6. DNFSB- 2/11/2013 DOE Final Report to Complete Action 2-6 in the Implementation Plan for Board Recommendation 2011-1, Safety Culture at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP)
  7. GAO- National Defense - DOD's Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts, GAO-13-308R, Feb 8, 2013
  8. IG- Special Inquiry INS-SR-13-01, Alleged Wasteful Spending Regarding International Travel for the Department of Energy's Deputy Secretary
  9. NRC– Notice, Event Reporting Guidelines
  10. NRC- Information Notice, in2012-25, Performance Issues with Seismic Instrumentation and Associated Systems for Operating Reactors, 2/1/2013
  11. FDA Approves First Bionic Eye for the Blind
  12. Recall- Samsonite Recalls Dual-Wattage Travel Converter Kits Due to Fire, Burn Hazards

February 2013




Discussed Items on the OEC Call:
OEC Members please complete the LBNL Benchmarking Questions and send to Donna Spencer.



Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of Site Preparedness for Severe Natural Phenomena Events at the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities, December 2012
  2. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of the Hanford Tank Farms Radiological Controls Activity-Level Implementation, December 2012
  3. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Low Activity Waste Melter Process System Hazards Analysis Activity, December 2012
  4. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of the Savannah River Site, Waste Solidification Building, Construction Quality of Mechanical Systems Installation and Selected Aspects of Fire Protection System Design, January 2013
  5. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory High Flux Isotope Reactor Implementation Verification Review Processes, January 2013
  6. DOE- Independent Oversight Review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility Tritium Gas Containment Vital Safety System, January 2013
  7. HSS CRAD: Emergency Management Program Inspection Criteria, Approach, and Lines of Inquiry - Review of Preparedness for Severe Natural Phenomena Events, January 3, 2013 (HSS CRAD 45-56, Rev. 0)
  8. HSS- Accident Investigation of the September 20, 2012 Fatal Fall from the Dworshak-Taft #1 Transmission Tower, at the Bonneville Power Marketing Administration
  9. DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program – FY 2013 NCSP Planning Calendar, Rev. 1
  10. NNSA- NNSA Selects Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, to Manage the Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations (Y-12 and Pantex)
  11. NNSA- Sandia airborne pods demonstrate radiation origin tracing capability
  12. DOE- Ames Laboratory to Lead New Research Effort to Address Shortages in Rare Earth and Other Critical Materials
  13. DOE- New Path to More Efficient Organic Solar Cells Uncovered at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source
  14. EPA- EPA final reinterpretation memorandum on PCB-contaminated building materials: PCB Bulk Product Waste Reinterpretation, 10/24/2012
  15. IAEA EPR-IECOMM, Operations Manual for Incident and Emergency Communication, 2013
  16. IAEA Nuclear Power Newsletter, January 2013
  17. NEI- NEI Video Explains FLEX Strategy to Respond to Extreme Events
  18. American Journal of Industrial Medicine – “Safety, incentives, and the reporting of work-related injuries among union carpenters: “You're pretty much screwed if you get hurt at work,” October 2012
  19. Nature News: “Safety survey reveals lab risks – Questionnaire suggests researchers not as safe as they feel” by Richard Van Noorden, 1/2/2013
  20. NIOSH FACE- Carpenter Died From Extension Ladder Fall
  21. National Academies Report – Americans Have Worse Health Than People in Other High-Income Countries; Health Disadvantage Is Pervasive Across Age and Socio-Economic Groups
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January 2013




Documents Presented on 1/8/13 OEC Call:
  • HS-24 Performance Trending and Analysis of ORPS- Month in Review, December 2012

  • Virginia Tech Article on the Slip Simulator
http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/impact/2010-01-04-falls/fall-prevention.html

Current and Relevant OE Links:
  1. DOE- DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program: Callihan NCS Document Inventory
  2. DOE- NNSA Fact Sheet: GTRI: Removing Vulnerable Civilian Nuclear and Radiological Material
  3. DOE- NNSA Fact Sheet: GTRI: Reducing Nuclear Threats
  4. DOE- DOE Report on Hanford Cleanup Draws Fire from Citizens Group
  5. DOE- Emptying of Hanford's C Tank Farm tanks continues after delay
  6. DOE Order 415.1, Information Technology Project Management, 12/3/2012
  7. DOE- HSS Protocol: Office of Safety and Emergency Management Evaluations Protocol for High Hazard Nuclear Facility Project Oversight, November 2012
  8. DNFSB- 11/30/2012 DOE Response to Board August 28, 2012, Letter which Issued a Reporting Requirement Concerning Integrated Safety Management at the Activity Level: Work Planning and Control
  9. DNFSB- 12/5/2012 DOE Implementation Plan for Recommendation 2012-1, Savannah River Site Building 235-F Safety
  10. DNFSB- 12/6/2012 DOE letter to DNFSB that DOE Requires an Additional 60 Days for Further Review of Final Response to Board December 13, 2011, Letter which Issued a Reporting Requirement Concerning the Review of the Design, Functionality, and Maintenance of Safety Systems at LLNL
  11. CPSC- Ridgid Pneumatic Nailers Recalled by One World Technologies Due to Laceration or Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at the Home Depot
  12. CPSC- Fu San Machinery Recalls Low Lead Ball Valves Installed in Flammable Gas Lines Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards
  13. CPSC- The Tipping Point: Highest Number of TV and Furniture Tip-Over Deaths Recorded By CPSC in 2011
  14. OSHA- Clarification concerning fall protection and vertical walled trenches with depth of 6 feet or greater and use of controlled access zones.
  15. OSHA- Clarification of the lockout/tags-plus standard for maritime employment.
  16. OSHA- OSHA releases online tool to help protect workers exposed to cadmium
  17. The National Academies – Report – OSHA Standards for Lead Exposure Inadequate
  18. GAO- Federal Employees' Compensation Act - Effects of Proposed Changes on Partial Disability Beneficiaries Depend on Employment After Injury, GAO-13-143R, Dec 7, 2012
  19. EFCOG- December 4-6, 2012 - EFCOG 2012 Semi-Annual Meeting Information, Documents & Presentations
  20. EFCOG- March 19-21, 2013 - Joint EFCOG/DOE Chemical Management 2013 Workshop, OE Forrestal Headquarters Auditorium and Remote via Web
  21. IAEA- IAEA STI/PUB/1508, Safety Assessment for Research Reactors and Preparation of the Safety Analysis Report, 2012
  22. IAEA- IAEA Project Monitors Radioactive Release from Fukushima Accident on Asia-Pacific Marine Environment
  23. IAEA- IAEA Statement on Japanese Earthquake, 12/7/2012
  24. NEI – Latest News on Japan: NRA Says Seismic Fault Under Tsuruga Plant Likely to Be Active, Will Not Allow Restart, 12/10/2012
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December 2012




Documents Presented on 12/11/12 OEC Call:
  • HS-24 Performance Trending and Analysis of ORPS- Month in Review, November 2012

  • Energy Daily article: Final Hanford Tank Cleanup Plan Draws State Concerns


Intelligence Note:
SMARTPHONE USERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF MALWARE TARGETING MOBILE DEVICES AND SAFETY MEASURES TO HELP AVOID COMPROMISE


Update on Radiologically Contaminated Respirators:
In April, HS-24 published the Operating Experience Level 3 document, Radiologically Contaminated Respirators. One of the events that was discussed in the OE-3 occurred at Y-12 in February 2012. The contractor, UniTech, involved with this specific event has published a report on this as well. UniTech's Report on Radiologically Contaminated Respirators can be found at: http://www.unitechus.com/content/about_us/Report-on-Respirators.php Please review and share within your communities of practice.

  1. DOE Order 474.2, Admin. Chg. 2, Nuclear Material Control and Accountability- 11/27/12
  2. DOE Announces New Investment in U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design and Commercialization
  3. DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program: IER-163 CEdT Phase-1 Preliminary Design Report
  4. DOE/IG-0876 Audit Report, The Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
  5. HSS Injury and Illness Dashboard
  6. HSS- Independent Oversight – Assessment of Safety Culture at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Headquarters, November 2012
  7. HSS- Independent Oversight – Assessment of Nuclear Safety Culture at the Idaho Cleanup Project Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project, November 2012
  8. HSS Independent Oversight – Review of the Department of Energy Office of Science Assessment of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Radiochemical Processing Laboratory Criticality Alarm System, October 2012
  9. HSS Independent Oversight – Review of the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Construction Quality, October 2012
  10. HSS Safety Share – Slips, Trips, and Falls
  11. DNFSB FY 2012 Performance and Accountability Report
  12. DNFSB letter to DOE forwarding the Board's third periodic Report to Congress: Summary of Significant Safety-Related Infrastructure Issues at Operating Defense Nuclear Facilities
  13. DNFSB letter to DOE with staff issue report on Basis for Interim Operation, Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory, with 60-day reporting requirement
  14. OSHA Brochure: Free Safety and Health Consultation Services
  15. EFCOG Best Practice 137, Electrical Code Guidance for Decontamination and Decommissioning Activities at DOE Facilities
  16. EPA Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water: A Support Guide for Water Utilities, 9/2012
  17. NIOSH Buy Quiet Program
  18. NIOSH Publication No. 2013-104, Reducing Exposure to Lead and Noise at Outdoor Firing Ranges
  19. NIOSH Publication 2012-167: All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety at Work
  20. IAEA STI/PUB/1547, Use of a Graded Approach in the Application of the Safety Requirements for Research Reactors, 2012
  21. IAEA Completes Safety Review at Czech Nuclear Power Plant
  22. IAEA: Building a Cadre of New Nuclear Professionals
  23. IAEA: Stakeholder Involvement in Nuclear Power Programs
  24. IAEA STI/PUB/1552, Volcanic Hazards in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations, 2012
  25. NEI – Latest News on Japan: TEPCO Publishes Mid-Range Fukushima Restoration Policy, 11/26/2012
  26. NEI – Latest News on Japan: Japan’s Nuclear Companies Establish INPO-Style Nuclear Safety Institute, 11/19/2012
  27. NEI – Latest News on Japan: Japanese Regulator to Rule on Fissure Under Ohi Reactors, 11/5/2012

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November 2012




Highlighted Presentation: Tank AY-102 Leak Assessment


Nuclear Safety Discussion- "Lessons Learned from 'Lessons Learned': The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents"


Product Safety Alert from LLNL: 'Fire Hazard- Dynasen Power Supplies to be Removed from Service'


  1. American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Lessons Learned from “Lessons Learned”: The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents
  2. NEI: Nuclear Energy Facilities Prove Resilience During Hurricane Sandy
  3. ORNL Debuts Titan Supercomputer
  4. Accident Investigation Report: Investigation of the June 29, 2012, Fall from a Fixed Ladder at Building 830 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Brookhaven National Laboratory, 8/2012
  5. Nuclear Safety Enforcement PNOV (10 CFR 835) issued to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, 10/4/2012
  6. IAEA Bulletin, Food for the Future, 9/2012
  7. DOE Radiological Control Technical Position Paper 12–01, Surface Contamination Values for Alpha-Emitting Radionuclides Not listed in 10 CFR 835, Appendix D, 10/3/2012
  8. DOE- Accident Investigation Day Planner: A Guide for Accident Investigation Board Chairpersons, 9/2012
  9. DOE- HSS Safety Basis Report, 10/5/2012
  10. DOE Legacy Management Program Update Newsletter July–September 2012
  11. DOE- EM Project of the Month: Brookhaven Lab Completes Decommissioning of Graphite Research Reactor
  12. EFCOG Meeting: November 27-29, 2012 – ISM & QA Working Group 2012 Fall Meeting, Hammer Facility, Richland, WA
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October 2012




  1. DOE Directive- DOE-HDBK-1209-2012, Access Handbook - Conducting Health Studies at Department of Energy
  2. DNFSB Site Rep. for Oak Ridge – Reports for Weeks Ending August 10, 17, and 24, 2012
  3. DOE Response to DNFSB Reporting Requirement of April 13, 2012, Regarding the Operability and Safety of the Electrical Distribution System at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, Hanford Site 9/27/2012
  4. DOE Response to DNFSB Reporting Requirement of June 27, 2012, Concerning Safety Issues with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Maintenance Program 9/27/2012
  5. DOE Extends the Idaho Cleanup Project Contract for Three Years
  6. DOE- Presentations from the 2012 Facility Representative/Safety System Oversight/Fire Safety Workshop, 5/2012
  7. DOE R&D Accomplishments – Fast Facts
  8. OSHA- Crane operator certification and whether a practical test is required for re-certification
  9. OSHA- Acceptability of using a ramp to unload parts from a semi-trailer
  10. HSS- HSS Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for August 2012
  11. HSS Quality Assurance Exchange Newsletter, 8/2012
  12. SC Pulse Newsletter, 9/24/2012
  13. EM Update Newsletter - Issue 9, 9/25/2012
  14. NNSA Helps Poland Convert Reactor, Remove Highly Enriched Uranium
  15. EFCOG: Sustainability & Infrastructure Working Group – Presentations and Meeting Documents from August 2012 Working Group Meeting
  16. IG- Special Report OAS-L-12-11, Inquiry into the De-Inventory of Special Nuclear Material at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  17. ANSI- ANSI Approves AIHA® Revised Z10 Standard, Occupational Safety and Health Systems
  18. PSARA Technologies Newsletter Article: The Physical Nature of Construction Work is Having an Impact on the Industry’s Workers, Many of Whom are in Their 40s, by Ashley Johnson, associate editor- 9/23/2012
  19. The National Academies – Report – Population aging will have broad economic consequences for the U.S. The long-term effects on all generations will be mediated by how the nation responds and how quickly
  20. New York Times article: “Uranium Substitute Is No Longer Needed, but Its Disposal May Pose Security Risk,” by Matthew L. Wald
  21. IAEA Nuclear News Webpage: Nuclear Power – Status and Outlook
  22. UL warns of counterfeit UL Marks on AC adapters (Release 12PN-14)

September 2012




  1. National Research Council- Climate Modeling
  2. DOE- Nuclear Safety Workshop September 19-20, 2012
  3. Nano-velcro clasps heavy metal molecules in its grips
  4. DOE Letter to DNFSB Regarding Organizational Changes within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  5. DOE/IG-0869, Opportunities for Energy Savings at Department of Energy Facilities
  6. NIOSH- Small Business Safety and Health Resource Guide
  7. IAEA STI/PUB/1568, Radiation Protection and NORM Residue Management in the Titanium Dioxide and Related Industries, 2012
  8. IAEA-RDS-1/32, Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050, 2012 Edition
  9. IAEA: International Experts' Meeting to Discuss Protecting Nuclear Power Plants from Natural Hazards
  10. IAEA Nuclear Power Newsletter, 9/2012
  11. IAEA Water and Environment News, 9/2012

August 2012



  1. HSS: Review of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Implementation Verification Review at Technical Area-55
  2. NIOSH: Publication No. 2012-126, Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals
  3. OSHA: 2. Whether the Respiratory Protection standard requires personal air monitoring to identify and evaluate the respiratory hazards in the workplace
  4. IAEA SSDL Newsletter, 7/2012
  5. IAEA Fuel Cycle and Waste Newsletter, 7/2012
  6. IAEA Chief Visits International Fusion Project and Addresses Economic Meeting
  7. NEI: Nuclear Industry Advocates Flexibility on EPA Rule on Water Intake Systems
  8. BRIEF: Officials: chemical vapors led to fatal explosion, fire
  9. AIHA: Chemical Splash to the Eyes In Spite of Goggles
  10. Forbes: The Serious Risks From Counterfeit Electronic Parts
  11. OH&S: Aiming in the Wrong Direction: The Fallacy of Safety Goals
  12. CSB: In Formal Papers Submitted for Public Hearing in Houston, CSB Offshore Safety Consultants Examine Performance Indicators as an Effective Way to Prevent Catastrophic Accidents like Deepwater Horizon
  13. AHIA: Laboratory Safety Incidents Link

July 2012



  1. DOE: Obama Administration Announces New Investments to Advance Biofuels Industry and Enhance America’s Energy Security
  2. DOE: Statement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on the Higgs Particle
  3. Energy Department and French Commission on Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Sign New Research and Development Agreement
  4. DOE Policy 140.1, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Cooperation and Integration, 6/2012
  5. DOE Guide 226.1-2, Federal Line Management Oversight of Department of Energy Nuclear Facilities, 6/2012
  6. DOE-STD-1212-2012, Explosives Safety, 6/2012
  7. DOE: DRAFT DOE Order 314.1, DOE-FLEX: DOE's Telework Program
  8. DOE: 2012 Facility Representative/Safety System Oversight Workshop, May 14 - 18, 2012 – Presentations
  9. DOE: EM Update Newsletter – Issue 6, 6/28/2012
  10. DOE: EM Wins Award for Role as Strong Small Businesses Advocate
  11. DOE: EM Site Transition Summary: Cleanup Completion to Long-Term Stewardship at Department of Energy On-going Mission Sites, February 2012
  12. DOE: HSS Independent Oversight – Review of the Y-12 Implementation Verification Review Processes, June 2012
  13. DOE: DOE Nuclear Safety Workshop – September 19-20, 2012, Bethesda, MD
  14. DOE/NNSA: US Releases Updated Plutonium Inventory Report
  15. DOE: NNSA joins other federal agencies to build Interagency Fire Center in New Mexico
  16. DOE: ORNL/UTK team maps the nuclear landscape
  17. IG: Inspection Report INS-O-12-02, Management of Explosives at Selected Department Sites
  18. DOE letter to DNFSB providing an update to the corporate Nuclear Safety Research and Development Program per commitments 7 and 8 of the Implementation Plan for Recommendation 2004 1, Oversight of Complex High-Hazard Nuclear Operations
  19. DNFSB Site Rep for Oak Ridge – Report for Week Ending 6/8/2012
  20. EFCOG: July 25-26, 2012, EFCOG EPWG Welding Task Team Hanford Meeting
  21. NNSA Announces Elimination of 450 Metric Tons of Russian Weapons Highly Enriched Uranium, 7/9/2012
  22. IAEA: IEC Information Bulletin, No. 39, 1st Quarter 2012
  23. IAEA: STI-PUB-1554, Assessing and Managing Cable Ageing in Nuclear Power Plants, 2012
  24. IAEA: Fukushima Daiichi Status Report, 6/28/2012
  25. Congressional Research Service Report: Nuclear Energy Policy, June 20, 2012
  26. NEI: Latest News on Japan: Japan Parliamentary Study Says Fukushima Accident Was ‘Manmade,’ 7/9/2012
  27. NEI: Latest News on Japan – TEPCO Admits Weak Preparation for March 2011 Events, 6/25/2012

June 2012



  1. DOE: 3. HSS Message Newsletter, 6/2012
  2. EFCOG: May 4-6, 2012 - 2012 EFCOG Safety Analysis Workshop Presentations
  3. OSHA: It’s Hot Out There! – OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
  4. OSHA: Final Rule on PPE for Head Protection (issued 6/22/2012; effective on 9/20/2012)
  5. OSHA: New Media Resources for Fall Prevention
  6. NFPA: Two Key Fire Service Standards Feature Important Changes Aimed at Occupational Safety and Medical Issues for Firefighters

May 2012



  1. LL Attributes Team FINAL 20090506.doc
  2. 4-12 Manhole cover injury.docx
  3. EFCOG Best Practice #125- 50-Year Environmental Stewardship Plan
  4. EFCOG Best Practice #124- Risk-based Assessment
  5. EFCOG Best Practice #121- Electrical Safety Assessment Criteria Document
  6. IAEA: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting Held in Vienna
  7. IAEA: Fukushima Daiichi Status Report
  8. IAEA: Women: Making a Difference in Nuclear Science in Africa
  9. IAEA: Enhancing Global Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework
  10. IAEA: Future Nuclear Leaders Gather at IAEA
  11. GAO Report- Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs
  12. GAO Report- NRC's Oversight of Nuclear Power Reactors' Decommissioning Funds Could Be Further Strengthened
  13. GAO Report- Evaluation of Report on Feasibility of Increasing Air Transportation of Nuclear Weapons, Components, and Materials


April 2012




  1. Attributes of a Good Lessons Learned.pdf
  2. Writing a Good Lessons Learned Statement.pdf
  3. hqkeywords List.pdf
  4. March-2012 Summary of Occurrence Reports.docx
  5. KCP Lessons Learned 4 10 12.ppt
  6. Contamination TRACx.docx
  7. IAEA: Nuclear Security Summit Reaffirms IAEA Programmes/Key Role
  8. IAEA: Working To Improve Nuclear Security Globally
  9. IAEA: Experts Consider Fukushima Accident Causes
  10. IAEA: Remembering Fukushima, Looking Ahead
  11. IAEA: One Year On- The Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Its Aftermath


March 2012




  1. EM-ID--ITG-AMWTF-2012-0005.htm
  2. IB-12-14 Use of Ladders Near Fall Protection Barriers.pdf
  3. MOL_2011-88_en.pdf
  4. EFCOG Best Practice #120- Definitions/Guidance for DOE O 232.2 Occurrence Reporting and Processing of Operations Information, Occurrence Reporting Criteria, Group 2, Subgroup E, Hazardous Electrical Energy Contro
  5. IAEA: Japan, IAEA to Hold Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety
  6. IAEA: Latin American and Caribbean Nuclear-Weapons-Free-Zone Treaty Nears Half-Century
  7. IAEA: On Firm Ground- IAEA's International Seismic Safety Centre Making Nuclear Power Safer
  8. IAEA: Promoting Nuclear Safety in Research Reactors
  9. IAEA: Vienna Symposium Discusses HEU Minimization Issue

February 2012

No conference call

January 2012

No conference call


2011


December 2011




  1. GAO Report: Cybersecurity Human Capital: Initiatives Need Better Planning and Coordination, GAO-12-8, Nov 29, 2011
  2. EFCOG Best Practice 113, Understanding, Assessing and Measuring a Culture of Operational Excellence, 11/29/2011
  3. EFCOG Best Practice 112, Electrical Safety Position Paper – Use of Automated External Defibrillators
  4. NIOSH Publication No. 2011-203, Radio 101: Operating Two-Way Radios Every Day and in Emergencies: Instructor's Guide
  5. ASSE’s New Illustrated Guide to Electrical Safety Book Provides a Comprehensive View of the Updated National Electrical Code
  6. NEI - Latest News on Japan: Planning and Preparation Were Key for Nuclear Operators Confronting Hurricane Irene
  7. NEI - Fukushima Town to Test Waste Reduction System, 11/28/2011
  8. NEI - Japan Legislatures Passes $156 Billion for Rebuilding, Decontamination, 11/23/2011
  9. NEI - Japan Cabinet Approves Decontamination Protocols, 11/21/2011
  10. NEI’s Tony Pietrangelo Comments on Publication of Fukushima Timeline
  11. NEI - Onagawa Nuclear Facility Weathered Devastating March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami, Provided Shelter to Hundreds of Local Residents, 11/9/2011
  12. NEI - Japanese Regulator Confirms No Criticality at Fukushima Daiichi, 11/9/2011
  13. Nuclear Energy Institute –Latest News on Japan: TEPCO Reports Water in Reactor Vessel Remains Below Boiling Point, 11/18/2011
  14. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest news on Japan: Second Japanese Utility Submits Stress Test Results to Regulator, 11/16/2011
  15. Underwriters Laboratories UL warns of unauthorized UL Mark on power supply (Release 11PN-41), 11/28/2011
  16. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of unauthorized UL Mark on AC adapter (Release 11PN-44), 11/23/2011
  17. Recall Notice – Motion Sensing Wall Switches Recalled by HeathCo due to Electrical Shock Hazard
  18. Recall Notice - Arctic Cat Recalls ATVs due to Crash Hazard
  19. HSS Oversight Report: Review of the Argonne National Laboratory Alpha-Gamma Hot Cell Facility Readiness Assessment (Implementation Verification Review Sections), November 2011
  20. HSS Oversight Report: Facility Centered Assessment of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Science and Technology Operations - Facility Operations Director Managed Facilities, August 2011
  21. HSS Overview of DOE Nuclear Safety Regulatory Framework, 8/2010 (with clickable links to more details)
  22. HSS Summary Pamphlet: Nuclear Safety at the Department of Energy, 9/2010
  23. HSS Presentation: Nuclear Safety Indicators, 7/2010
  24. HSS Review of Nevada Site Office Criticality Safety Assessments at the Criticality Experiments Facility and Training Assembly for Criticality Safety and Appraisal of the Criticality Experiments Facility Startup Plan, October 2011
  25. HSS Review of Nevada Site Office and National Security Technologies, LLC, Line Oversight and Contractor Assurance Systems Self-Assessment, November 2011
  26. HSS Review of Hanford Tank Farms Safety Basis Amendment for Double-Shell Tank Ventilation System Upgrades, November 2011
  27. HSS Review of Integrated Safety Management System Effectiveness at the Livermore Site Office, October 2011
  28. HSS Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for October 2011, issued 11/14/2011
  29. HSS Safety Basis Report,11/11/2011
  30. HSS Operating Experience Article: Worker Injured While Cutting Down Tree, 11/9/2011
  31. PAAA Enforcement: Security Enforcement Regulatory Assistance Review of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, 11/15/2011
  32. IAEA Item: IAEA Issues New Report on Climate Change and Nuclear Power
  33. IAEA Remediation Mission Issues Final Report, 11/15/2011
  34. IAEA: Experts Complete IAEA Follow-up Review of Australia's Nuclear Regulatory Authority, 11/15/2011
  35. IAEA Item: Detected Iodine-131 Levels in Europe Not a Health Risk, 11/11/2011
  36. 11/14/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB with Response to Board August 19, 2011, Letter Concerning NNSA Savannah River Site Office Tritium Facilities
  37. 11/15/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB informing the Board of completion of Commitment 5.2.3, and updating the completion date for Commitment 5.4.4 of the Implementation Plan for Recommendation 2009-2, Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility (PF-4) Seismic Safety
  38. 11/16/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB responding to the Board letter of September 13, 2011, regarding hazards and controls associated with the anhydrous ammonia system at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
  39. 11/16/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB responding to the Board letter of August 3, 2011, regarding the modeling of heat transfer from Pretreatment Facility process vessels at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
  40. 11/7/2011 DNFSB letter to DOE establishing a 3 month reporting and briefing requirement regarding plans to address the issues/weaknesses in the tracking and closure process for Nuclear Explosive Safety findings at the Pantex Plant
  41. 11/8/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB on Completion of One Commitment of Implementation Plan, Revision 6, for Board Recommendation 2001-1
  42. 11/10/2011 DOE Letter to DNFSB Forwarding the Implementation Plan for the Board's Recommendation 2010-2, Pulse Jet Mixing at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant
  43. IG Report: Evaluation Report OAS-M-12-01: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Unclassified Cyber Security Program - 2011
  44. IG Report: Special Audit Report IG-0858: Management Challenges at the Department of Energy – Fiscal Year 2012
  45. GAO Report: Federal Contracting: OMB's Acquisition Savings Initiative Had Results, but Improvements Needed, GAO-12-57, Nov. 15, 2011
  46. GAO Report: Climate Change Adaptation: Federal Efforts to Provide Information Could Help Government Decision Making, GAO-12-238T, Nov. 16, 2011
  47. GAO Report: Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options: DOE Needs to Enhance Planning for Technology Assessment and Collaboration with Industry and Other Countries, GAO-12-70, Oct. 17, 2011
  48. OSHA: Top 10 Workplace Safety & Health Violations for Fiscal Year 2011
  49. OSHA Trade Release: 12 OSHA animated educational videos show how to protect workers from construction hazards
  50. OSHA Videos (see above)
  51. EM Recovery Act Newsflash: Idaho Crews Overcome Challenges to Safely Dispose 1-Million-Pound Hot Cell, 11/9/2011
  52. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Video: Experimenting with Danger, 10/2011 – Hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.
  53. NIOSH Publication 2012-03, Research and Practice for Fall Injury Control in the Workplace: Proceedings of International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection
  54. INPO Compiles Timeline of Fukushima Events After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, 11/11/2011
  55. The National Academies: New Report Offers Broad Approach to Assess Ecological Damage From Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

November 2011

external image msword.png Agenda OPEX Membership Call 20111115.doc
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Conference Call Minutes 20111115.docx

  1. external image empty.png Preventing Through Design - TJ Lyons 20111102.ppt
  2. Change Clocks, Change Batteries; Dead Batteries Can Lead to Deaths
  3. Recall - Hand Trucks Recalled by Harper Trucks Due to Injury Hazard
  4. Recall - Bicycles Recalled by Trek Due to Fall Hazard
  5. Recall - Electric Motion Systems, LLC Recalls Lithium-Poly Battery Pack Due to Fire Hazard
  6. Recall - ADT Recalls Carbon Monoxide Detectors Due to Failure to Properly Indicate End of Useful Life
  7. Recall - Horizon Hobby Recalls Losi NiMH Battery Charger Due to Possible Burn and Fire Hazards
  8. Recall – Marshall Group Recalls Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel Due to Burn Hazard
  9. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of unauthorized UL Mark on AC to DC power adapter and switching power supply (Release 11PN-40), 10/21/2011
  10. Underwriters Laboratories (ULa) warns of four communications cables with unauthorized references to UL (Release PN11-38, PN11-43, PN11-39, PN11-37), 10/12/2011
  11. UL Warns of unauthorized UL marks on Relay (Release 11PN-26)
  12. external image pdf.png Fall Injury Accident at the Savannah River Site on 7-1-2011 AI Report 20110808.pdf
  13. external image pdf.png EM Distribution of Scaffold Lessons Learned from DOE LL Database & ORPS.pdf
  14. Bad Boy Buggies Recalled by BB Buggies Due to Loss of Steering Control and Crash Hazard
  15. Nuclear Safety Enforcement Consent Order issued to URS Energy & Construction, Inc., 10/13/2011
  16. Office of Nuclear Safety Enforcement Regulatory Assistance Review of UChicago Argonne, LLC at the Argonne National Laboratory, 10/2011
  17. GAO Report – Asbestos Injury Compensation: The Role and Administration of Asbestos Trusts, GAO-11-819, Sep 23, 2011
  18. The Complexities of Determining Total Clearing Time for dc Arc Faults by Michael Fontaine
  19. The Limitations of the Maximum Power Method of Calculating dc Energy
  20. Flame Resistant Clothing Specification Improves Safety
  21. DOE Latest News on Japan: NNSA Releases Raw Data from Radiation Monitoring Efforts in Japan
  22. NEI News on Japan - TEPCO, Government to Revise Timetable for Returning Evacuees, 10/17/2011
  23. [[@http://•%09iaea%20experts%20conclude%20japan’s%20decontamination%20efforts%20going%20well%2C%2010/14/2011|NEI News on Japan - IAEA Experts Conclude Japan’s Decontamination Efforts Going Well, 10/14/2011]]
  24. external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Damage to 225 Ton Mobile Crane at Savannah River.docx
  25. Damage_to_225_Ton_Mobile_Crane_at_Savannah_River_Picture_1.jpg
  26. Damage_to_225_Ton_Mobile_Crane_at_Savannah_River_Picture_2.jpg
    Damage to 225 Ton Mobile Crane at Savannah River Picture 1
  27. CSB Releases Investigation into 2010 Texas Tech Laboratory Accident; Case Study Identifies Systemic Deficiencies in University Safety Management Practices
  28. Video "Experimenting with Danger" Focuses on CSB Case Study on Texas Tech University Accident; Laboratory Deaths at UCLA and Dartmouth
  29. Interactive Guide to Working Safely with Beryllium (provided courtesy of Brush Wellman Inc.)
  30. Prior Experience and Past Performance as Evaluation Criteria in the Award of Federal Construction Contracts, GAO-12-102R, Oct. 18, 2011
  31. Trade Release: OSHA publishes new and revised materials on worker safety and health
  32. OSHA Web page provides information on preventing the spread of seasonal flu in the workplace
  33. IAEA Item: Keeping Transport of Radioactive Materials Safe
  34. Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Table Saws to Address Serious Hand and Finger Injuries
  35. EFCOG Best Practice #109 - Application of Expert USQDs to Expedite the USQ Process - 09/14/11
  36. PAAA Worker Safety and Health Enforcement Consent Order issued to CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, 10/6/2011
  37. HSS Review of the Facility Centered Assessment of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Waste Disposition Project, 9/2011
  38. Trade Release: OSHA publishes new educational materials on protecting workers from hazards found in laboratories
  39. OSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance
  40. IAEA Item on Japan: IAEA's International Expert Mission on Remediation Issues Preliminary Report
  41. IAEA Item on Japan: IAEA's International Expert Mission on Remediation"s Preliminary Report
  42. NIOSH Publication No. 2011-208: Workplace Solutions: Preventing Worker Deaths from Trench Cave ins
  43. NIOSH Publication No. 2011-210: Workplace Solutions: Reducing Noise Hazards for Call and Dispatch Center Operators
  44. ONR Nuclear ebulletin - 11 October 2011 - UK chief nuclear inspector's report on lessons from Fukushima
  45. Video of the Sodium Piping Explosion at the Idaho EBR II Reactor Secondary Sodium Building during treatment of residual Sodium piping. Click the link: 2 Minute Composite.wmv
  46. external image pdf.png Crane Operator Dies after Falling from Crane Turntable Deck in Washington State.pdf
  47. EBR_II_Pipe_Breach_looking_into_766.JPG

October 2011




  1. HSS Oversight Report: Review of the Implementation Verification Review (IVR) Processes at the Savannah River Site Environmental Management Nuclear Facilities, 9/2011
  2. HSS Oversight Report: Review of Integrated Safety Management System Effectiveness at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 9/2011
  3. HSS Oversight Report: Review of the Oak Ridge Office Oversight of the Fire Protection Program at the Oak Ridge Reservation, 8/2011
  4. HSS Independent Review Report: Facility Centered Assessment of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Science and Technology Operations - Facility Operations Director Managed Facilities, August 2011
  5. HSS Highly Reliable Performance Article: Understanding Culture (and organizations) for the rest of us —, 10/7/2011
  6. Los Alamos National Laboratory Results for the 2010 CALIBAN Criticality Accident Dosimetry Exercise: Preliminary Report, 9/2011
  7. Sandia National Laboratories Results for the 2010 Criticality Accident Dosimetry Exercise, at the CALIBAN Reactor, CEA Valduc France, 9/2011
  8. Nuclear Energy Institute: NRC and Industry Agree on Near-Term Actions at U.S. Reactors, 10/7/2011
  9. OSHA Publishes New Educational Materials on Working Safely During Trenching Operations
  10. GAO Testimony – Information Security: Additional Guidance Needed to Address Cloud Computing Concerns, GAO-12-130T, Oct 6, 2011
  11. IG Audit Report OAS-RA-L-11-13: The 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade Project at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
  12. HSS Safety Basis Report, 10/7/2011
  13. NFPA Safety Tip Sheets (Electrical, Halloween, Gel Fuel, Grilling, etc.)
  14. NFPA Short Quiz on Fire Safety at Home
  15. NFPA Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2011 – NFPA’s Fast Facts About Fire
  16. Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future – Legal Analysis of Commission Recommendations for Near-Term Actions (by Van Ness Feldman), 7/29/2011, revised 10/4/2011
  17. Nuclear Energy Institute Item: NRC Staff Proposes Priorities for Post-Fukushima Actions, 10/5/2011
  18. 10/5/2011 DOE Letter to DNFSB Providing a Report Dated September 29, 2011, Describing the Planned Actions to Address Issues with the System for Analysis of Soil-Structure Interaction (SASSI) Computer Code
  19. NRC New Operating Reactor Performance Indicators Dataset
  20. IAEA Coordinates International Mission on Remediation of Areas Off-site Fukushima Daiichi NPP, 10/4/2011
  21. International Nuclear and Radiation Safety Experts Conclude IAEA Peer Review of Slovenia's Regulatory System
  22. Recall: Bird Brain Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  23. Recall: Pacific Décor Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  24. Recall: Luminosities/Windflame Recalls Pourable Gel Fuels Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  25. Recall: Smart Solar Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  26. Recall: Real Flame Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  27. Recall: Fuel Barons Recalls Pourable Gel Fuels Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  28. Recall: Bond Manufacturing Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  29. Recall: Ballard Designs Recalls Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard
  30. Recall: Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
  31. Bridgeway Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
  32. Recall: John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors Powered by Kawasaki Engines Due to Overheating and Fire Hazards
  33. Recall: John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors Due to Laceration Hazard
  34. Recall: John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors; Brake Failure Can Cause Loss of Control
  35. Recall: Kubota Recalls Riding Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
  36. Recall: Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics; More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers
  37. Recall: Target Recalls to Repair Embark Resistance Cords Due to Injury Hazard
  38. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of unauthorized UL Mark on AC adapter, 10/4/2011
  39. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of unauthorized UL Marks on compact fluorescent lamp, 9/23/2011
  40. Recall: Husqvarna Professional Products Recalls RedMax Brushcutter Due to Fire Hazard
  41. 9/30/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB that Approval of the Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) for the Hanford Tank Farms is Now Projected for the End of November 2011 Instead of the End of September 2011 as Previously Communicated via DOE July 25, 2011, Letter to Board
  42. PAAA Enforcement - Worker Safety and Health Enforcement PNOV issued to URS-Washington Division, 10/3/2011
  43. PAAA Enforcement - Nuclear Safety Enforcement Letter issued to CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, 9/28/2011
  44. HSS Review of the Occupational Radiation Program as Implemented and Recently Enhanced at the Idaho National Laboratory, 9/2011
  45. GAO - Information Security: Weaknesses Continue Amid New Federal Efforts to Implement Requirements, GAO-12-137, Oct 3, 2011
  46. GAO - Motor Carrier Safety: More Assessment and Transparency Could Enhance Benefits of New Oversight Program, GAO-11-858, Sep 29, 2011
  47. GAO - Streamlining Government: Key Practices from Select Efficiency Initiatives Should Be Shared Governmentwide, GAO-11-908, Sep 30, 2011
  48. GAO - Disaster Recovery: Federal Contracting in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, GAO-11-942T, Sept. 15, 2011
  49. IG Audit Report IG-0855 – Management Alert on Protective Force Training Facility Utilization at the Pantex Plant
  50. IG Inspection Letter Report INS-L-11-04: Allegations of Suspect Parts in Sun Microsystems Processors at Sandia National Laboratories - New Mexico
  51. Fourth National Report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, 9/2011
  52. NIOSH - Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals: Guidance for Occupational Health Professionals and Employers (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-200
  53. NIOSH - Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals: What a Worker Should Know (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-199
  54. NIOSH Update: NIOSH Thanks IOM, Review Panel for Review and Recommendations on Incorporating Occupational Information on Electronic Health Records
  55. NIOSH - Summary of the Making Green Jobs Safe Workshop (NIOSH Publication No. 2011-201)
  56. NIOSH - Practical Demonstrations of Ergonomic Principles (NIOSH Publication No. 2011-191)
  57. DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program: NCSP Five-Year Execution Plan 2012-2016, 9/2011
  58. NRC Information Notice 2011-19, Licensee Event Reports Containing Information Pertaining to Defects to Basic Components, 9/26/2011
  59. Dept. of Transportation Report: Top Consequences 2004-2009- Hazardous Materials by Commodities & Failure Modes, 9/1/2011
  60. Japan’s Government to Pay for Cleanup of Lower Levels of Contamination, 10/3/2011
  61. Three Fukushima Reactors Below Boiling Point, 9/30/2011
  62. ENFORM H2S Exposure – Failure to Follow Proper Procedure - Fatality
  63. 9/28/2011 DOE Response to DNFSB Letter Dated March 30, 2011, Concerning Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC, Improvements in Conduct of Operations
  64. GAO - Excess Uranium Inventories: Clarifying DOE's Disposition Options Could Help Avoid Further Legal Violations, GAO-11-846, Sept. 26, 2011
  65. GAO - Contingency Contracting: Improved Planning and Management Oversight Needed to Address Challenges with Closing Contracts, GAO-11-891, Sept. 27, 2011
  66. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest News on Japan: Fukushima City to Decontaminate 110,000 Residences, 9/28/2011
  67. HOME ELECTRICAL Safety Checklist
  68. OSHA Interpretation - Flame-resistant and flame-retardant treated clothing for oil and gas well drilling, servicing, and production-related operations. 1910.132; 1910.132(a); 1910.106; 1910.119
  69. OSHA Trade Release: OSHA issues 2011 annual inspection plan for protecting workers in high-hazard workplaces
  70. EFCOG Best Practice 108: Developing Every Leader at Every Level, 8/16/2011
  71. EFCOG Best Practice 107: Recommended Structure for System Health Monitoring and Reporting, 9/21/2011
  72. EFCOG Best Practice 106 - U-Learn - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Multi-Faceted, Multi-Modal On-Line Learning Program (http://ulearn.llnl.gov), 9/8/2011
  73. NEI - Japan PM Says Fukushima will Achieve Cold Shutdown This Year, 9/23/2011
  74. NEI - Japan to Lift Evacuation Advisories for 5 Municipalities, 9/26/2011
  75. New NEI Backgrounder Posted: U.S. Companies Make Safety Enhancements at Nuclear Energy Facilities; EU and Asia Undertake ‘Stress Tests’
  76. Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for August 2011, 9/21/2011
  77. NIOSH Publication 2011-202: Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors
  78. NIOSH Science Blog: Prevention through Design Standard
  79. NIOSH Publication 2011-206: Impact: Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Document Provides Guidance to Protect Nanotechnology Workers
  80. CSB Votes to Approve Final Report on Three Accidents at DuPont Belle, West Virginia Plant following Public Comment Period with Safety Video


September 2011

No conference call due to OEC 2011 Fall Meeting at Hanford

  1. Latest news on Japan: TEPCO to Build Iron Wall to Contain Radioactive Water, 9/7/2011
  2. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest news on Japan: TEPCO Begins Core Spray Cooling for Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, 9/2/2011
  3. Nuclear Energy Institute – News on Japan: Noda Chosen to Replace Kan as Prime Minister, 8/29/2011
  4. Nuclear Energy Institute Latest News on Japan: Japanese Government Reduces Radiation Release Estimate, 8/24/2011
  5. DNFSB Site Rep. for Oak Ridge – Report for week ending 8/5/2011
  6. Quality Assurance Exchange Newsletter, 8/2011
  7. SC Pulse Newsletter, 9/5/2011
  8. IAEA Article: Safeguards for the Next 40 Years
  9. Peering into a Quantum Well: Discoveries & Innovation
  10. Our Dusty Atmosphere
  11. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of communications cable bearing unauthorized reference to UL, 9/6/2011
  12. Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards
  13. Nuclear Safety Enforcement Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Washington Group International, Inc.
  14. Worker Safety and Health Regulatory Assistance Review of Washington T RU Solutions, LLC
  15. PAAA Security Enforcement Regulatory Assistance Review of Swift & Staley Mechanical Contractors, Inc. at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, 8/24/2011
  16. Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI) Task Force Report to Congress, 8/2011
  17. IG Audit Report OAS-RA-11-15: Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Management Activities Funded by the Recovery Act
  18. Recall Notice – Petzl America Recalls Belay Devices Due to Fall Hazard
  19. The brittleness of aging bones -- more than a loss of bone mass
  20. Fermilab astrophysicist describes faster way to board airplanes . . . and proves it
  21. 8/25/2011 DNFSB letter to DOE establishing a 6-month reporting requirement regarding weaknesses in conduct of operations and technical procedures at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
  22. Consumer Product Safety Commission Item: Survival Tips After a Hurricane Strikes; CPSC and USFA Warn About Deadly Dangers That Can Linger After Hurricane Irene
  23. NRC NUREG-2107, Technical Evaluation Report on the Content of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Repository License Application – Postclosure Volume: Repository Safety After Permanent Closure
  24. Impact of Hurricane Irene on U.S. Nuclear Energy Facilities
  25. Some Evacuated Areas Around Fukushima Daiichi to Remain Off-Limits for Extended Period, 8/22/2011
  26. HSS OE-3:2011-1: SASSI Software Problem, 8/2011
  27. HSS Independent Activity Report – Orientation Visit to Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, 8/2011
  28. HSS Independent Activity Report – Orientation Visit to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, 7/2011
  29. HSS Safety Basis Report, 8/26/2011
  30. Hazardous Waste: Early Goals Have Been Met in EPA's Corrective Action Program, but Resource and Technical Challenges Will Constrain Future Progress, GAO-11-514, Jul 22, 2011
  31. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary for 2010, 8/25/2011
  32. Nuclear Facilities Operate Safely Following East Coast Earthquake
  33. Second Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public
  34. Office Depot Recalls Desk Chairs Due to Pinch Hazard
  35. Fiskars Brands Recalls SmartPower String Trimmers Due to Burn, Fire and Laceration Hazards
  36. PAAA Enforcement: PNOV issued to National Security Technologies, LLC, related to Deficiencies in Inspection and Installation of Penetration Fire Seals and Other Components at the Nevada National Security Site, 8/11/2011 and Fact Sheet
  37. HSS Independent Activity Report – Savannah River Site Waste Solidification Building Project Peer Review, July 2011
  38. SC Pulse Newsletter, 8/22/2011
  39. OSHA Trade Notice: US Department of Labor improves enforcement database (Updated site includes increased search capabilities and visual enhancements), 8/24/2011
  40. NIOSH Publication 2011-198: Guideline: Application of Digital Radiography for the Detection and Classification of Pneumoconiosis
  41. The National Academies Report: Climate Change and Extreme Hydrology
  42. Permafrost could release vast amounts of carbon and accelerate climate change by end of century
  43. Target Expands Recall of Step Stools with Storage Due to Fall Hazard
  44. Hanford Sludge Treatment Project 105-KW Final Safety Analysis Report Review, August 2011
  45. Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Construction Quality, August 2011
  46. HSS Independent Oversight Activity Report: Issuance of Activity Report -- Review of NNSS Device Assembly Facility JCO for Inoperable HEPA-Filtered Ventilation System, July 2011
  47. HSS Independent Oversight Activity Report: Operational Readiness Review of the Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research Facility, July 2011
  48. IG 2011-08-17- Investigation Letter Report: Impact of Copper Thefts on the Department of Energy
  49. NEI Fact Sheet: 7 Steps the Nuclear Industry Has Taken to Reconfirm Safety and Preparedness at U.S. Nuclear Plants, 8/17/2011
  50. Lessons Learned From the 2 Worst Oils Spills in U.S. History
  51. UL warns of heat guns with unauthorized UL Mark
  52. Emergency Exit Signs Recalled by Best Lighting Products Due to Failure to Illuminate
  53. Philips Lighting Recalls EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector Flood Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard
  54. HSS Oversight Report: Review of Selected Elements of Emergency Management at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2011
  55. HSS Safety Basis Report, 8/12/2011
  56. EM Recovery Act Newsflash: Demolitions Produce Recyclable Materials for Organization Promoting Economic Activity, 8/15/2011
  57. Latest IAEA Annual Report Highlights Milestones in 2010
  58. Battling Bugs (IAEA Pest Eradication Work [Nuclear Application] Boosts Guatemalan Produce Exports)
  59. NIOSH Science Blog: Keeping Workers Hydrated and Cool Despite the Heat1. New comprehensive OSHA Web page on preventing work-related hearing loss
  60. Nuclear Energy Institute Item: Toward an Honest Debate on Fukushima, 8/15/2011
  61. HSS Federally Led Accident Investigation Report: Investigation of the July 1, 2011, Fall Injury at the Savannah River Site, 8/2011
  62. OSHA Trade Release –OSHA releases mobile app to help protect workers from heat-related illnesses
  63. Recall Notice – Philips Lighting Recalls EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector Flood Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard
  64. Perfect Fitness to Pay $425,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Fall Injury Hazard with Exercise Equipment
  65. GAO Testimony – Federal Real Property: Overreliance on Leasing Contributed to High-Risk Designation, GAO-11-879T, Aug. 4, 2011
  66. NIOSH Science Blog: Low-dose CT Scans and Lung Cancer Screening in the Occupational Setting
  67. Drill rig operator sustains a serious hand injury -- New South Wales
  68. Transport Service Brake Failure


August 2011




  1. U.S. Customs Headmark List of Suspect/Counterfeit Fasteners (1992) – A resource aid for identifying legacy fasteners.
  2. Recall Notice – NexTorch Recalls Flashlight Batteries Due to Fire Hazard
  3. Nuclear Energy Institute - Latest News on Japan – Government Recommends New Regulatory Oversight Agency for Japan Reactors, update as of July 18, 2011, at 6:37 pm EDT
  4. Nuclear Energy Institute – Update on Japan: NRC’s Fukushima Task Force Report Warrants Examination and Careful Review From Industry Stakeholders, update as of 7/21/2011 at 11:51 am EDT
  5. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest News on Japan: TEPCO to Install Second Water Decontamination System, update as of 7/27/2011 at 4:00 pm EDTHSS Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for June 2011
  6. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest News on Japan: New Cooling Water System Lowering Temperature in Reactor 4 Fuel Storage Pool, update as of 8/1/2011 at 5:45 pm EDT
  7. Nuclear Energy Institute – Latest News on Japan: High Radiation Readings Expected as TEPCO Surveys Vent From Reactor, update as of 8/3/2011 at 4:11 pm EDT
  8. Nuclear Energy Institute Item – NEI Briefs Wall Street Analysts on Nuclear Energy Sector's Post-Fukushima Outlook
  9. Latest News on Japan: TEPCO Initiates Gas Sampling for Reactors 1, 2, update as of 7/29/2011 at 2:53 pm EDT
  10. Slide show: Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment in China on the brink of completion
  11. Black & Decker Agrees to $960,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Defective Grasshog XP Weed Trimmer/Edgers
  12. Recall Notice - Honeywell Recalls Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats Due to Burn Hazard
  13. Recall Notice - Cloud Engines Recalls Pogoplug Video File Sharing Device Due to Fire Hazard
  14. Recall Notice – Homelite Recalls Pressure Washer Surface Cleaner Attachments Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot
  15. HSS Safety Basis Report, 7/22/2011
  16. IG Audit Letter Report – Department of Energy's Controls over Recovery Act Spending at the Idaho National Laboratory
  17. Review of Electrical System Configuration Management and Design Change Control at the Savannah River Site, Waste Solidification Building Project, July 2011
  18. Special Review of the Suspect/Counterfeit Items Program at the Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC at the Oak Ridge Reservation, July 2011
  19. EFCOG Best Practice 104, Fire Protection Program Assessments, 7/22/2011
  20. EFCOG Best Practice 105, Improving Access to and Control of Database Information, 7/22/2011
  21. NIOSH Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance --- United States, 2008—2009, 7/2/2011
  22. IAEA Item – International Nuclear Safety Experts Conclude IAEA Peer Review of Korea's Regulatory System
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  24. EM Safety Alert – Radioactive Liquid Release from Drums, 6/2011
  25. NIOSH Efforts in Deepwater Horizon Response Highlighted in New Manuscript
  26. NIOSH Science Blog: Horrible bosses: Workplace violence in the real world
  27. CSB Declares Florida Failure to Adopt CSB Recommendation on Protecting Public Workers Unacceptable; Chairperson State to Reconsider Legislation


July 2011




  1. NEI Fact Sheet: U.S. Industry Taking Steps to Learn Lessons from Japan, Enhance Safety at America’s Nuclear Energy Facilities
  2. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of cordless drill and power adaptor with unauthorized UL marks
  3. Petzl America Recalls Scorpio and Absorbica Safety Lanyards due to Fall Hazard
  4. High Reliability Article: Assessment of High Reliability Seeking Organizations – An Offshore Petroleum Perspective, July 12, 2011
  5. Necplus Article on the National Electrical Code: Grounding and Bonding Revisions in the 2011 NEC®, by Michael Johnston
  6. Necplus Article on the National Electrical Code: Locking and Tagging: Why it’s the best way to create an electrically safe work condition, by Jeffrey S. Sargent
  7. HSS Highly Reliable Performance Article: Assessing High Reliability Seeking Organizations, 7/10/2011
  8. HSS Safety Basis Report, 7/1/2011
  9. HSS Safety Basis Report, 7/8/2011
  10. Nuclear Energy Institute update on Japan: Contaminated Water Levels Beginning to Drop at Fukushima Daiichi, update as of 7/8/2011 at 4:06 pm EDT
  11. NEI Fact Sheet: Strict Regulatory Oversight, 7/12/2011
  12. NEI Fact Sheet: Safeguarding Used Nuclear Fuel, 7/12/2011
  13. NEI Fact Sheet: Protecting Against Floods, 7/12/2011
  14. News on Japan from Nuclear Energy Institute – Robot Tests Radiation in Fukushima Reactor Building
  15. EFCOG Best Practice 103: Working with Offsite High-Level Waste (HLW) Samples, 7/7/2011
  16. CSB Investigation Finds Three DuPont Accidents in Belle, West Virginia, Resulted from Numerous Safety Deficiencies including Lack of Safe Equipment Design, Ineffective Mechanical Integrity Programs, and Incomplete Investigations of Previous Near Misses
  17. CSB Draft Report on Dupont Belle for Public Comment
  18. Project Management: Questions and Answers from the Certification Review Board Panel Discussion at the OECM Annual Project Management Workshop, 3/16/2011
  19. NIOSH Item: September 14–16, 2011 – Symposium on “Healthier Federal Workers,” in Washington, DC
  20. NIOSH Item: Montana Oil Spill – Silvertip Pipeline Incident Response Worker Safety and Health
  21. NIOSH Campaign to “Stop Sticks”
  22. NRC Regulatory Issue Statement (RIS) 11-05, Information on Revision 2 to The Generic Aging Lessons Learned Report For License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants, 7/1/2011
  23. NRC NUREG 1801, Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report, Revision 2, dated 12/2010
  24. IAEA Item: Malaysian Government Releases IAEA Report on Lynas Project, 7/2011
  25. Recall Notice – Ghangzhou Globe Tool Group Recalls Electric Log Splitters Due to Laceration or Amputation Hazard; Firm to Provide Additional On-Product Warnings; Sold Exclusively at Lowe's Stores
  26. The Science of Sharing (U.S. researchers assist their recovering counterparts from Japan)
  27. 7/1/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB Addresses Board Concerns Identified in May 5, 2011, Letter Regarding the Design of Instrumentation and Control Systems at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, Hanford Site
  28. OSHA Item – OSHA issues hazard alert on the dangers of using scissor lifts to film events
  29. NRC NUREG/CR-6918, Revision 1, VARSKIN 3: A Computer Code for Assessing Skin Dose from Skin Contamination
  30. A Look Back – Berkeley Lab Scientists Raced to Estimate Oil Flow from the Deepwater Horizon Macondo Well
  31. Bareheaded motorcyclist dies in helmet protest
  32. OSHA Interpretation: Therapeutic exercise is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes. (1904.7; 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(M))
  33. OSHA Interpretation: Recording an absence as days away when PLHCP recommends the employee return to work. (1904.7; 1904.7(b)(3); 1904.7(b)(3)(iii); 1904.7(b)(4)(i))
  34. OSHA Interpretation: Construction standards applicable to specialized vehicles for hauling concrete sections in tunnel construction. (1926.601)
  35. OSHA Interpretation: Clarification of the terms most authoritative and pre-existing conditions as used for recordkeeping purposes. (1904.5; 1904.5(b)(2)(ii); 1904.6; 1904.6(b)(3))
  36. HSS Report – Follow-up Review of the Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program, 6/2011
  37. OSHA report on carcinogens may affect employer Hazard Communication Programs
  38. NOAA extreme heat weather alerts contain worker safety information
  39. OSHA-At-A Glance
  40. NEPA Lessons Learned, 6/2011
  41. NEI Unveils Website Focusing on Safety at U.S. Reactors, Recovery Work at Fukushima
  42. SRS Seals Access to P and R Reactors, Marking End to Nearly 60-Years of History
  43. Recall Notice – Club Car Recalls Golf Cars and Hospitality, Utility and Transport Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard
  44. NEI Update: Cooling System Restarted After Leaks, Update as of 6/29/2011, 4:20 pm EDT
  45. TEPCO has released the English translation of a timeline covering its responses to the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi during the first five days after the accident
  46. OSHA Trade Release – OSHA launches interactive Web site to help employers better comply with its recordkeeping rule
  47. NRC Information Notice 2011-13, Control Rod Blade Cracking Resulting in Reduced Design Lifetime, 6/29/2011
  48. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of USB power adapter bearing unauthorized UL Mark
  49. DOE Site Radiological Programs Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) (Go to “Program Highlights” box and click on Item 3.)
  50. DOE NCS Program – Evaluation of LLNL's Nuclear Accident Dosimeters at the CALIBAN Reactor, 9/2010
  51. GAO Report – Influenza Pandemic: Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic Should Be Incorporated into Future Planning, GAO-11-632, June 27, 2011
  52. GAO Final Report on Fact Finding Mission to Fukushima
  53. Nuclear Energy Institute – Eight of 10 Residents Near U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Favor Use of Nuclear Energy
  54. 6/22/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB regarding Work Planning and Control at the Nevada National Security Site in response to the Board's March 28, 2011 letter on the subject.
  55. NECplus article: Sizing Transformers for Commercial Buildings, 6/9/2011, by Ralph Baeza, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Miami
  56. Recall Notice – American Honda Recalls Portable Generators
  57. Turning Diesel Fuel into Drinking Water
  58. Latest News on Japan – Nuclear Energy Institute: Pillars Installed To Support Used Fuel Pool, Update as of 5 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 22
  59. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Oversight of Underground Piping Systems Commensurate with Risk, but Proactive Measures Could Help Address Future Leaks, GAO-11-563, Jun 3, 2011
  60. IG Audit Report – Implementation of Beryllium Controls at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  61. NIOSH Publication 2011-134, Safety and Health in Law Enforcement, 1/2011
  62. IAEA Presentation – The Legal Framework for Nuclear Safety
  63. NAPA Home & Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
  64. MTD Recalls TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments Due to Laceration Hazard
  65. Self-cleaning anodes could facilitate cost-effective coal-powered fuel cells
  66. Gold Nanoparticles Help Earlier Diagnosis of Liver Cancer
  67. 6/15/2011 DNFSB letter to DOE forwarding a copy of the Report to Congress on the Status of Significant Unresolved Issues with the Department of Energy's Design and Construction Projects
  68. DOE Independent Review of the Fatality at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bryan Mound Site, 9/2010
  69. May 25, 2011, Addendum closing the SPR Fatality Investigation based on the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Report
  70. GAO Report – Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Has Taken Action Designed to Identify and Address Overlaps and Gaps in Critical Infrastructure Security Activities, GAO-11-537R, May 19, 2011
  71. NRC Information Notice in2011-12, Reactor Trips Resulting From Water Intrusion Into Electrical Equipment, 6/16/2011
  72. IAEA – Ministers' Declaration Envisions Strengthened Nuclear Safety Regime
  73. NFPA issues new report on automatic fire sprinklers, 5/2011
  74. Deputy Secretary Poneman Discusses Nuclear Safety at the IAEA
  75. Northern Illinois University Scientists Find Simple Way to Produce Graphene
  76. News on Japan from Nuclear Energy Institute: New Filters Remove Radiation from Seawater, Update as of 3:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 15
  77. Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for May 2011
  78. Former Worker Medical Screening Program – 2010 Report, 2/2011
  79. OSHA – New Web Page on Protecting Workers During and After Tornados
  80. IAEA - Nuclear Safety: Frequently Asked Questions
  81. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of AC adaptors with unauthorized UL marks
  82. Recall Notice – General Electric, Sharp Recalls GE Air Conditioning and Heating Units Due to Fire Hazard50 Breakthroughs by America's National Labs
  83. Recall Notice - Husqvarna Recalls TuffTorq Yard Tractors Due to Loss of Braking Ability
  84. Safety Bulletin 2011-02: Accident Analysis Parameter Update, May 2011
  85. IG Audit Letter Report – Follow-up Audit of National Nuclear Security Administration's Nuclear Explosive Safety Study Program, 6/8/2011
  86. NRC NUREG/CR-4432, Comparison of Dynamic Characteristics of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Containment Building Determined From Tests and Earthquakes
  87. Analysis of Cancer Risk in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities: Phase 1 Feasibility Study – The NRC has asked the National Academy of Sciences to update its 1990 report
  88. NIOSH Fact Sheet: What's Special about CBRN Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)? (Pub. 2011-183, June 2011)
  89. Worker Safety and Health Regulatory Assistance Review of B&W Technical Services Y-12, LLC
  90. U.S. Nuclear Industry Unveils New Structure to Integrate Response to Fukushima Accident, 6/9/2011
  91. HSS Accident Investigation Bi-Annual Report, 6/2011
  92. GAO Report: Air Quality: Information on Tall Smokestacks and Their Contribution to Interstate Transport of Air Pollution, GAO-11-473, May 11, 2011
  93. Rocky Flats Historical Public Exposure Studies


June 2011




  1. Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future – Commissioned Report: Spent Nuclear Fuel Management: How centralized interim storage can expand options and reduce costs, posted 5/16/2011
  2. OSHA News Release – US Labor Department's OSHA reopens public record on proposed recordkeeping rule to add work-related musculoskeletal disorders column
  3. OSHA-NIOSH Information Sheet: Protecting Workers from Heat Illness (Pub. 2011-174, 5/2011)
  4. NIOSH Skin Notation Profiles:
  5. EFCOG Best Practice 93 - Student Sustainability Challenge - 05/12/11
  6. EFCOG Best Practice 94: Contractor Participation in Enforcement Conferences, 5/12/2011
  7. EFCOG Best Practice 95: Radioactive Waste Management Basis (RWMB) – 6/5/2011
  8. EFCOG Best Practice 96: Performance Assessment Scoping Process - 6/5/2011
  9. EFCOG Best Practice 97: Waste With No Identified Path for Disposal (WWNP) - 6/5/2011
  10. EFCOG Best Practice 98: Unreviewed Disposal Question Evaluation (UDQE) - 6/5/2011
  11. EFCOG Best Practice 99: Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR) Citation Determination - 6/5/2011
  12. EFCOG Best Practice 100: Open Air Demolition of Asbestos Gunite by Using Track Mounted Wet Cutting Saw
  13. EFCOG Best Practice 101: Explosive Demolition of Buildings 337, 337B and the 309 Stack at the Hanford’s 300 Area
  14. EFCOG Best Practice 102: Waste Characterization/Classification
  15. NRC NUREG/CR-6627, The Role of Organic Complexants and Colloids in the Transport of Radionuclides by Groundwater
  16. NRC Information Notice 2011-10: Thermal Issues Identified During Loading of Spent Fuel Storage Casks, 5/2/2011
  17. NRC Information Notice 2011-11, Reporting Requirement For Heat and Smoke Detector Failures In 10 CFR Part 36 Irradiators, 4/27/2011
  18. News Item: Alabama nuclear plant cited for serious safety issue
  19. EUCI Conference, August 3-4, 2011, entitled The Fukushima Factor: Applying Lessons Learned to the Future of Nuclear Power
  20. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) warns of fuse holder with unauthorized UL mark, 5/11/2011
  21. Type A Accident Investigation of the March 5, 2011, Building 488, Brookhaven National Laboratory Tree Felling Injury
  22. GAO Report: Commercial Nuclear Waste: Effects of a Termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program and Lessons Learned, GAO-11-229, April 8, 2011
  23. GAO Report – DOE Nuclear Waste: Better Information Needed on Waste Storage at DOE Sites as a Result of Yucca Mountain Shutdown, GAO-11-230, 3/23/2011
  24. GAO Report – Nuclear Weapons: DOD and NNSA Need to Better Manage Scope of Future Refurbishments and Risks to Maintaining U.S. Commitments to NATO, GAO-11-387, May 2, 2011
  25. Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future – Commissioned Report: Identification, Description, and Characterization of Existing and Alternative Nuclear Energy Systems, 5/10/2011
  26. NEI - Lessons Learned From Japan Will Guide Nuclear Energy Industry Safety Improvements
  27. NIOSH: Fatal Injuries among Grounds Maintenance Workers – United States, 2003–2008: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 5/6/2011
  28. Recall Notice – Telstar Recalls Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Due to Fire Hazard
  29. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Continues Investigation of Two Accidents at the Hoeganaes Corporation Facility; Testing Concludes that both Accidents Involved Combustible Metal Dust
  30. Telstar Recalls Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Due to Fire Hazard
  31. Sheet Sanders Recalled by One World Technologies Due to Laceration Hazard
  32. Kohler Recalls Engines Sold with Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt Riding Lawn Tractors; Laceration Hazard Posed
  33. News Item: Alabama Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Safely After Tornadoes
  34. IAEA Briefing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident (May 5, 2011, 20:00 UTC) – Presentations: (1) Summary of Reactor Status, (2) Fukushima Radiological Monitoring and Consequences, (3) Fukushima Marine Environment Monitoring, and (4) a Video
  35. Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) – Update as of 3:30 pm EDT, Friday, 5/6/2011
  36. 5/5/2011 DNFSB letter to DOE establishing a 30-day reporting requirement for a briefing and report to address the deficiencies in the instrumentation and control system design for the WTP at Hanford.
  37. Article on National Electrical Code: Full Head Protection: Bidding adieu to the 2* hazard/risk designation, by Jeffrey S. Sargent
  38. OSHA Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
  39. 5/3/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB transmitting response to the Board's February 4th letter regarding storage of non-MAA material at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
  40. 5/2/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB updating activities with regard to Quality Assurance activities, including Suspect Counterfeit Items and flowdown of requirements to contractors and subcontractors.
  41. 5/6/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB as follow-up to the November 23, 2010, letter regarding the inclusion of facility defense-in-depth controls within documented safety analyses at the Savannah River Site
  42. 4/29/2011 DOE letter to DNFSB transmitting Deliverable 5.4.3 for the Implementation Plan for Board Recommendation 2009-2, Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility Seismic Safety
  43. Safety Basis Report, as of 4/29/2011
  44. NFPA Updated Safety Alert Regarding Antifreeze in Sprinkler Systems, 4/5/2011
  45. MedScape Article identified by NIOSH – When It Comes to Work, How Old Is Too Old?, by L. Casey Chosewood, MD
  46. 5/4/2011 Federal Register – EPA – Rule, Control of Emissions From New and In-Use Marine Compression- Ignition Engines and Vessels; CFR Correction
  47. Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer, by Congressional Research Service Reports, 4/22/2011
  48. “States Are Stuck with Tons of Nuclear Waste While the Federal Government Struggles With Where to Store It” – article by Melissa Savage of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for the May edition of State Legislatures magazine
  49. MIT Report Summary: Storage for spent nuclear fuel more crucial than ever – The U.S. and other countries around the world looking to nuclear power for their energy needs must consider how spent fuel will be handled as they construct new plants and examine existing ones, especially in light of the recent crisis in Japan, according to a comprehensive study from MIT.
  50. Hot and Hazardous: Heat Illness Can Be Deadly
  51. Why Home Is Not Always a Safe Haven
  52. 10 Quick Ways to Improve Safety at Home
  53. NSC - Recognizing Hidden Dangers: 25 Steps to a Safer Office
  54. CSB Statement Commending Connecticut House of Representatives for Passing Bill Prohibiting Natural Gas Blows at Power Plants
  55. CSB Deploys to a Third Accident at Hoeganaes Corporation Metal Powder Plant in Gallatin, Tennessee
  56. Statement from the CSB's News Conference in Nashville, TN on Hoeganaes Investigation
  57. HP Expands Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Haz
  58. Quick reference to distracted driving laws on a state-by-state basis
  59. CPSC Alert: Counterfeit Smoke Alarms Distributed in Atlanta
  60. STIHL Recalls Yard Power Products Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
  61. 1969 Plutonium Fire at Rocky Flats
  62. Rocky Flats Historical Public Exposures Studies
  63. HSS Safety Basis Report, 6/3/2011
  64. UL warns of potentially hazardous compact fluorescent lamps
  65. UL warns of potentially hazardous extension cord
  66. UL warns of fuseholder with unauthorized UL Mark
  67. Federal regulators: Nuclear accident plans are lacking
  68. Follow-Up Inspection Reports at US Plants: TI 2515/184
  69. Small Reactors May Have Safety Edge After Japan, U.S. Says
  70. A Cancer Registrar’s Guide to Collecting Industry and Occupation
  71. CPSC - Venmar Ventilation Recalls Air Exchangers Due to Fire Hazard
  72. NFPA Formal Interpretation 1977-2011-1, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, issued 5/17/2011
  73. NIOSH Publication 2011-180, Preventing Worker Deaths from Trench Cave-ins, 6/2011
  74. NEPA Lessons Learned Quarterly Report, 6/3/2011
  75. Comprehensive List of DOE Environmental Impact Statements, 5/31/2011
  76. The Washington Post: Germany to close all of its nuclear plants by 2022
  77. IAEA Fact-Finding Team Completes Visit to Japan
  78. IAEA Briefing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident (June 2, 2011, 18:30 UTC)
  79. HSS Safety System Oversight Assessment of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility Tritium Gas Handling System, 5/2011
  80. Nuclear Waste: Disposal Challenges and Lessons Learned from Yucca Mountain, GAO-11-731T, June 1, 2011
  81. From NECplus – Article on National Electrical Code: What Is an Electrically Safe Work Condition? by Jeffrey S. Sargent
  82. NRC Information Notice, 2011-09, Fixed Gauge Shutter Failures Due To Operating In Harsh Working Environments, 5/18/2011
  83. NFPA and SAE Announce Second Safety Summit on Safe Implementation of Electric Vehicles
  84. OSHA Trade Release – New OSHA National Emphasis Program will help protect workers from chemical and physical hazards in the primary metals industries
  85. EM Environmental Compliance Scorecard – First Quarter FY 2011
  86. Washington Post – “Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says”
  87. OSHA slide presentation shows employers how to protect residential construction workers from falls
  88. Consumer Product Safety Commission Reminder – Fire It Up Safely: CPSC Recommends Safety Check Before Grilling This Summer
  89. OSHA 2010 Enforcement Summary
  90. OSHA Fatal Fact Sheets
  91. CDC Article: “Ten Great Public Health Achievements – United States, 2001–2010,” from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 20, 201
  92. Energy Department Approves Gulf Coast Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas
  93. HSS Accident Investigation homepage (with links to the AI reports)
  94. DOE Accident Investigation Program Electronic Reference Toolbox, 1/2011
  95. DOE Accident Prevention and Investigation – Bi-Annual Summary Report, 11/2010
  96. HSS Independent Review Report - Idaho National Laboratory Fuel Conditioning Facility Safety Basis Review Follow-Up, 5/2011
  97. Monthly Electrical Safety Summary for April 2011
  98. NRC NUREG/CR-7040, Evaluation of JNES Equipment Fragility Tests for Use in Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessments for U.S. Nuclear Power Plants



May 2011

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  1. IG-0845 Audit Report, "Improvements Needed in the Department's Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning"
  2. Lab Death Prompts Reviews - Yale University
  3. Cub Cadet Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
  4. external image pdf.png HR RPP-40736 R1 - Freight Container Lifting Standards.pdf
  5. NIOSH CDC – Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Among Older Workers – United States, 2009, 4/2011
  6. external image pdf.png AFLCIO- Deaths on the Job.pdf
  7. Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers Due to Fire or Burn Hazard
  8. Underwriters Laboratories (UL): Warns of Lampholder with Unauthorized UL Mark, 4/26/2011
  9. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Warns of LED Lighting Controller with Unauthorized UL Mark
  10. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Warns of Ground Rods with unauthorized UL Marks
  11. external image pdf.png Defective Item_Robbins Scientific Model 400 Hybridization Incubator.pdf
  12. Statement from U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Workers Memorial Day
  13. Statement from CSB on One-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Accident
  14. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigation Team Deploys to Hawaiian Fireworks Storage Facility Explosion Site; Five Fatally Injured
  15. IAEA Photos Show Life at Chernobyl
  16. Chernobyl: Lessons for nuclear power industry around the world
  17. International Day of Mourning: 5 Ways to Honor Those Who Died on the Job
  18. external image pdf.png SRR - Sprain and Strain Reduction Through MoveSMART.pdf
  19. TEPCO - The Great East Japan Earthquake and Current Status of Nuclear Power Stations 4/18/2011
  20. NEC Article: New in the 2011 National Electrical Code: 240.87 Noninstantaneous Trip
  21. ESFI Reminds Employees to Never Assume Safe Working Conditions Around Electricity
  22. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Warns of LED Lighting Controller with Unauthorized UL Mark
  23. Recall Notice – Lithium-Ion Batteries Used with Bicycle Lights Recalled by GeoManGear Due to Fire Hazard
  24. First Chapter of Hanford Story Released
  25. Tokyo Electric Power Company Press Release – Roadmap towards Restoration from the Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 4/17/2011
  26. NRC Information Notice 2011-08: Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake Effects On Japanese Nuclear Power Plants – For Fuel Cycle Facilities, 3/31/2011
  27. IAEA Briefing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident (4/19/2011, 18.00 UTC) - Summary of Reactor Status, Fukushima Radiological Monitoring and Consequences, Fukushima Marine Environment Monitoring, and a video
  28. external image pdf.png Nuclear News Special Report - Fukushima Daiichi after the Earthquake and Tsumnami 20110421.pdf
  29. ANSI standards regarding accident prevention signs and physical hazard marking.
  30. NRC Information Notice: 2011-06: Erroneous Criticality Alarm Monitoring Signal Caused by Incorrect Data Acquisition Module Configuration, 3/22/2011
  31. NRC Information Notice: 2011-04: Contaminants and Stagnant Conditions Affecting Stress Corrosion Cracking in Stainless Steel Piping Pressurized Water Reactors, 2/23/2011
  32. NRC Information Notice: 2011-03: Nonconservative Criticality Safety Analyses for Fuel Storage, 2/16/2011
  33. NRC Information Notice: 2011-02: Operator Performance Issues Involving Reactivity Management at Nuclear Power Plants, 1/31/2011
  34. National Fire Protection Association: Tip Sheet for People with Disabilities
  35. NFPA issues updated Safety Alert regarding antifreeze in sprinkler systems
  36. Recall Notice – Spot Recalls Satellite Communicator Due To Loss of Emergency Communications Capability
  37. Is the 2-Second Rule Still the Golden Rule for Safe Driving?
  38. OSHA and DOT Speak Out on Texting and Driving
  39. 2010 Former Worker Medical Screening Program (FWP) Annual Report
  40. Regulation of Offshore Rigs Is a Work in Progress
  41. Public Health Preparedness: Developing and Acquiring Medical Countermeasures Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Agents, GAO-11-567T, 4/13/2011
  42. NIOSH - Does the Business Cycle Affect Nonfatal Workplace Injuries in the U.S.?
  43. NIOSH - Novel Training Tools to Prevent Injuries in the Trucking Industry
  44. NIOSH Publication 2011-156, Using Lockout and Tagout Procedures to Prevent Injury and Death During Machine Maintenance



April 2011

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  1. external image pdf.png Quality Assurance Exchange March 2011 Vol 7 Issue 1.pdf
  2. external image pdf.png OSHA Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective 20110210.pdf
  3. external image pdf.png ANS Backgrounder-Japanese Earthquake,Tsunami, Nuclear Reactors.pdf
  4. Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Body Press Releases on the Status of the Japanese Nuclear Reactors
  5. IAEA Update on Japan Earthquake
  6. Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) – Information on Japan
  7. NRC – NRC Actions on Japan’s Emergency, 3/18/2011
  8. NRC Chairman’s Testimony, 3/17/2011
  9. NIOSH Safety & Health Topic Webpage: Radiation Dispersal from Japan
  10. JOINT EPA/DOE STATEMENT: Radiation Monitors Confirm That No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reached the United States
  11. EnergyBlog: The Situation in Japan
  12. Radioactive Releases in Japan Could Last Months, Experts Say
  13. external image pdf.png Effect of 2011 Earthquake on Japanese Nuclear Reactors 20110323.pdf
  14. external image pdf.png Fukushima Event PCTRAN Analysis 20110325.pdf
  15. external image empty.png AREVA Fukushima Daiichi Incident 20110320.pps
  16. Japan Earthquake - Before and After
  17. DOE Releases Radiation Monitoring Data from Fukushima Area
  18. Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
  19. Cornell University: Commemorating the Triangle Fire
  20. Cornell University: Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire
  21. American Experience: Discovering My Grandmother's Triangle Fire Story
  22. American Experience: Triangle Fire Death List
  23. San Francisco Labor Council: Resolution to Support N. CA Triangle Fire Commemoration Committee Events
  24. PBS Websites on the Triangle Fire
  25. Gwen Ifill speaks with historian David Von Drehle about his recent book, "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America"
  26. Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills at Least 20
  27. B’nai B’rith and the Triangle Fire
  28. History Channel: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
  29. History Channel: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City
  30. History Channel: Fire kills 145 at Triangle Shirtwaist factory
  31. NIST Center for Fire Research web site of the WTC Investigation
  32. Wikipedia: List of Fires
  33. HSS Report – Status and Effectiveness of DOE Efforts to Learn from Internal and External Operating Experience in Accordance with Commitment #20 of the DOE Implementation Plan for Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2004-1, February 2011
  34. The Maryland Oyster Roast Fire of 1956
  35. Boulder Training Fire resulted in tremendous improvement in firefighting safety across the United States and the world. The OSHA "2-in, 2-out" ruling on live firefighting and all the NFPA standards on fire department safety and operations resulted from this event in 1982
  36. CPSC Launches New Consumer Product Safety Information Database Today
  37. American Suzuki Motor Corp. Recalls KingQuad ATVs Due to Fire Hazard
  38. Stanley Security Solutions Announces Recall of Door Locksets; Failure of Latches Could Lead to Entrapment in an Emergency
  39. Global Industrial Recalls Workbench Components Due To Electrical Shock Hazard
  40. Sanus Elements Surge Protectors Recalled by Milestone AV Technologies Due to Shock Hazard
  41. Screening of Eligible Former Workers for Early Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Helical Computed Tomographic (CT) Scans
  42. Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters Due to Fire Hazard
  43. Kawasaki Motor Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Fire Hazard
  44. OSHA: Distracted Driving Flyer
  45. OSHA: Distracted Driving Webpage
  46. Hydrocarbon Gas Release during Maintenance on Chemical Injection Point
  47. Steam pipe break injures six at Homer City power plant
  48. Officials: 6 Hurt In Homer City Explosion
  49. REPAIRS TO UNIT 1 AT EME HOMER CITY GENERATING STATION BEGIN
  50. external image pdf.png Gulf of Mexico oil spill response should be focused engineering professor says.pdf
  51. external image pdf.png Deepwater Horizon Study Group_March 2011_Report - FINAL REPORT.pdf
  52. CSB Releases Video Safety Message; Calls on Industry to Invest in Preventive Maintenance Marking the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a video safety message in which hairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso urges refinery companies to “make the investments necessary to ensure safe operations,” concluding, “Companies that continue to invest in safety and recognize its importance will reap benefits far into the future.”
  53. CSB Deploys to Site of Flash Fire at Hoeganaes Corporation The CSB is deploying a team to the site of a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Corporation in Gallatin, Tennessee. The incident occurred during maintenance on a burner and is the second flash fire that has occurred at the Hoeganaes facility since January. One worker was fatally injured and another seriously burned as a result of a January 31 incident. CSB Investigator-in-Charge Johnnie Banks is leading the investigation; he is scheduled to arrive in Gallatin this evening to begin gathering information. Johnnie Banks said, “We are concerned that we are looking at a second serious incident within a short period of time at this facility. We will be looking at whether these two accidents share a root cause and indicate broader safety issues that may need to be addressed.” After returning to Gallatin, the CSB team will conduct interviews with eyewitnesses and document site conditions. The Hoeganaes facility is largest major producer of atomized steel powder.
  54. CSB Investigators Deploying to Fatal Explosion and Fire in Louisville KentuckyThe U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), is deploying to the scene of a fatal accident at Carbide Industries, a producer of calcium carbide products located in Louisville, Kentucky. Two workers were killed and two others injured Monday evening as a result of a fire and explosion that occurred at the facility. According to emergency responders at the scene of the incident both of the fatally injured workers were located inside a control room at the time of the accident.
  55. CSB Releases New Safety Video: “Fire in the Valley” Depicts Catastrophic Explosion and Fire at Bayer CropScience Facility in 2008The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video depicting events leading to the August 28, 2008, catastrophic explosion and fire at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, WV, which fatally injured two workers. The video is entitled “Fire in the Valley,” a reference to the Kanawha River valley where numerous chemical facilities are located, including the Bayer plant that manufactures insecticides, near Charleston, West Virginia. The video features a detailed computer animation showing how a series of errors and deficiencies during a lengthy startup process resulted in a runaway chemical reaction inside a residue treater pressure vessel. The CSB’s investigation found that operators were not adequately trained, new computer process equipment had not been fully checked out, and a critical safety interlock was bypassed to begin a chemical reaction.
  56. external image pdf.png Crane Glass Safety Notification 2011-03-15.pdf
  57. Washington Worker Survives 3,500 Foot Tumble Through Sewer Pipe
  58. Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Combo Axe Due to Laceration Hazard
  59. Lasko Recalls Box Fans Due To Fire Hazard
  60. SC Pulse Newsletter, 3/21/2011
  61. NUREG/CR-7037, Industry Performance of Relief Valves at U.S. Commercial Nuclear Power Plants through 2007
  62. Fire Protection and Fire Research Knowledge Management DigestThrough the years, the NRC has assembled an extensive collection of regulations, guidance, and other publications related to the agency's fire protection activities. The Fire Protection and Fire Research Knowledge Management Digest (NUREG/BR-0465) assembles these resources in a convenient CD-ROM format (Supplement 1) for use by NRC inspectors, technical reviewers, licensees, and other interested stakeholders.
  63. external image pdf.png NRC INFORMATION NOTICE 2011-06.pdfNRC INFORMATION NOTICE 2011-06: ERRONEOUS CRITICALITY ALARM MONITORING SIGNAL CAUSED BY INCORRECT DATA ACQUISITION MODULE CONFIGURATION
  64. Window washer electrocuted in Huntington Beach
  65. EFCOG Best Practice 92 - Using Human Performance to Raise Staff Awareness About Potential Security Situations, 4/4/2011
  66. external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png NASA GSFC Safety Bulletin Slips, Trips, & Falls 20110327.docx
  67. Stained Glass Soldering Irons Recalled By Cooper Tools Due to Burn Hazard
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  68. external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Quality Alert Laser Incident.docx
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March 2011

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February 2011


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