On December 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will launch the new DOE OPEXShare Lessons Learned database, replacing the Hanford OPEXShare system. The new DOE OPEXShare will serve as the central collection point for lessons learned and best practices from across the DOE complex, as well as industry and non-governmental organizations.
In this edition:
Special Edition - Feature Article
Challenges Facing Safety Oversight: A New Approach to be Purpose Driven and Mission Focused (Revised September 2020)
In this edition:
Section I. Articles
Release of Cesium-137 Event - Joint Investigation Team Summary and Results
Nuclear Explosive Safety Studies - Redundant or Necessary?
DOE-STD-1228-2019 Implementation Considerations
AU-31 Response to CDNS' Question for DOE-STD-1228-2019
Sandia National Laboratories Alternate Documented Safety Analysis Me...
In January 2020 a staff member received a contusion and laceration to his right hand while preparing to load test samples into a PNNL prototype piece of equipment that simulates years of material service life in a matter of months. The contusion and laceration occurred when the equipment's ~400 pound counterweight went into a free fall and connecte...Read More
According to research, sitting for extended periods of time is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. A recent analysis suggests there are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting. By just adding one hour of standing increases bloo...Read More
Why Being Rushed is a Risk
Our safety culture principles serve as an important reminder that we are all responsible for safety and that safe actions are critical to achieving our mission. After all, cutting-edge science requires cutting edge safety. However, what these principles also highlight is the fact that safety can often be lost when compla...
This presentation, provided by the DOE Office of Analysis, includes information about the health and safety impacts of fatigue on workers and what employers can do to mitigate them. Short sleep duration, less than 7 hours per day, poor quality sleep, or sleep not aligned with circadian rhythms sleep, are linked to various negative health outcomes:...Read More
The last few years has seen the addition of several roundabouts constructed for use on our roadways. Most drivers are unfamiliar with the use of this type of intersection, or how to navigate them. Especially if they are multiple lane roundabouts.Read More
Each year at PNNL, more staff members are hurt by a slip, trip, or fall while performing work than by any other means. Besides potentially missing time at work or having your work activities restricted, if you are hurt, you may be unable to participate in other activities you enjoy or have vacation plans impacted.
Slips, trips, and falls don't jus...
This is the second video produced by Western Area Power Administration to help train linemen on 100 percent fall protection, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Published by WAPA October 3, 2015.Read More
This video provides an overview of a high pressure vessel explosion at NDK Crystal in Belvidere, Illinois on December 7, 2009. As a result of the vessel rupture, a piece of structural steel fatally struck a person 650 feet away from the facility. The CSB investigation revealed the need for stricter regulations for the design and construction of hig...Read More
After receiving and sharing OE-3-2014-03, "Mechanical Door Failures," in March of 2015, measures were put into place at the Idaho National Laboratory to ensure that employees were not in the direct line of fire in case of door failure. On October 26th, 2015 the measures prevented personnel from being injured when a overhead door sprocket came loo...Read More
Inculdes Good Work Practices developed by the DOE Operating Experience Community.
DOE Corporate Operating Experience Program Documents: OE-1, OE-2, OE-3, Operating Experience Summaries, Suspect/Counterfeit/Defective Items, Data Collection Sheets, and ORPS Summaries/Final reports.
Reports issued to communicate brief examples of problems and mistakes encountered in actual cases and to present points to be consider for avoiding similar occurrences.
Articles on identified program/mission specific lessons learned across the DOE complex and from external entities.
Product Recalls and Alerts
Information related to products that have been formally recalled either by a defined company or in conjunction with the consumer products safety commission.
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Laboratory Safety; Chemical Hazards
Deactivation and Decommissioning
Deconstruction, Decon, Decontaminate, Cold & Dark
Drills, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response
Hazard Analysis, Prevention, Protection Systems, hot work, NFPA, Equipment
Hazardous Energy Control
Electrical, Mechanical, Pressure, Temperature
Hoisting and Rigging
Cranes, Hoists, Forklifts, Rigging Equipment and Operations
Criticality, Fissile Material, Safety Basis
Project Controls, Construction Management, Contract Management
Job Hazards Analysis, Work Control, Work Planning, Pre/Post Job
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U.S. Federal Agency
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U.S. National Laboratory
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