Testing of Membrane Equipped Filters to Reduce Corrosion in Stored Drums

CHPRC conducted a field test using membrane equipped filters to evaluate whether this would reduce the intrusion of moisture into the interior of stored drums. The test was performed to evaluate if use of membrane equipped filters would reduce the corrosion rate of drums in long term above ground storage.
Lesson Learned: The test results confirmed...

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Bulldozer Operator Fatally Injured

On July 25, 2017, a 28-year-old bulldozer operator with 1 year and 9 months of mining experience was fatally injured at a surface facility. The victim was operating a bulldozer, pushing material off of a refuse bank before the accident occurred. He was found lying in the bulldozer's push path at the top of an incline near the edge of the refuse ban...

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Chemicals Found Without Owners a Reminder of Requirements for Chemical Storage and Tracking

Staff members recently found a few instances of chemicals improperly stored in labs in three buildings. Chemicals lacked adequate labeling or tracking; one of the chemicals was a highly flammable shock-sensitive peroxide former, requiring frequent testing and extra caution when handling. Lessons Learned: To work with chemicals safely, staff are req...

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Unsecured Load Falls onto Staff Member from Wheeled Cart

A staff member was performing modifications to a work room in the Environmental Molecular Scientific Laboratory. While making markings low on the wall, the staff member sat on the edge of a wheeled cart, causing it to tip. A heavy cylinder that was sitting unsecured on the cart tipped over, striking the staff member's back before falling onto the f...

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Electric Shock Drowning - Unknown Danger Lurking in the Water

UPDATE August 11, 2017: Officials in Washington State are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy. According to Police, the three teens were climbing onto the ledge of a privately owned pump house, and jumping into the water. They believe the victim had touched something in the pump house with an electrical current, and was electrocuted befor...

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DOE Operating Experience Level 3 - Ladder Safety

The attached Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information about a safety concern related to workers who use ladders during work at Department of Energy facilities. This OE-3 discusses recent DOE events that involve fall protection issues or injuries while workers use or descend from ladders and associated corrective actions. In additi...

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DOE Operating Experience Summary - A Hot Topic: Preventing and Recognizing Heat-Related Illnesses

During warmer weather months, its imperative to consider the risks associated with working in hot environments, their effects on Department of Energy employees and contractors, and how those risks can be mitigated. Heat-related illnesses generally occur when high ambient temperatures, either indoor or outdoor, overcome the bodys natural ability to...

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New equipment configuration and work practice changes enable significant improvements in safety and efficiency

Recently, SLACs Facilities & Operations (F&O) division reviewed their equipment measurement locations and compiled a list of the most hazardous locations for technicians to access. Taking this data, F&O came up with a less hazardous configuration and improved methods for obtaining predictive maintenance information in the field. In this example,...

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Video Highlights In-House Capabilities of PNNL Crafts

PNNL has an on-campus machine shop that hosts highly-skilled craftsmen in machining, carpentry, electrical and instrumentation work, painting, fabrication, sheet metal work, welding, pipefitting, and duplicating. They partner with researchers to provide extensive experience and unique capabilities that support a wide range of projects. In this 4-1/...

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Best Practice: Defensive Driving: The Circle of Safety

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, a vehicle was pulling away from the north side of building 526 when it struck a 3' test well. The vehicle sustained minor damage to the right front bumper and there was minor damage to the well. There were no injuries reported. This and many other similar events could have been prevented by using the "Circle of Sa...

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Parking Lot Safety

This INL produced video reviews safe parking lot behaviors.

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Peer to Peer Accountability - 360 Vehicle Check

Safety Culture Video Series related to WRPS-IB-17-006, Safety Culture Video Implementation Best Practices: The scenario depicted in this video by the Washington River Protection Solutions Safety Culture Improvement Team is of workers using peer checking during a 360-degree inspection prior to moving a vehicle. The key message of the video is that e...

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Manual Material Handling Safety

This INL produced safety video discusses safe practices for various types of Manual Material Handling.

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Success Stories

Managing Risks Prevents Possible Power Outage

A downed power pole at the NNSS is normally cause for much concern. But when severe winds swept through Southern Nevada on March 30 and knocked down twin poles on Hill 200 north of Mercury, there was no panic. The reason? New steel transmission power poles that were installed in December 2016, replacing the 60-year-old wooden poles that previously served the area. This is a perfect example of why we use an Enterprise Risk Management process to make informed infrastructure improvements. (see OPEXShare Best Practice, Enterprise Risk Management). Identifying site risks through this process enabled us to avert the impacts of this damage and the difficulty in reaching and rectifying the lost pole/power.

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Best Practice
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.

Just-In-Time 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.

Lessons Learned
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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Deactivation and Decommissioning 
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Drills, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response 
Fire Protection
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
Nuclear/Nuclear Safety 
Criticality, Fissile Material, Safety Basis
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Project Controls, Construction Management, Contract Management
Work Management/Planning 
Job Hazards Analysis, Work Control, Work Planning, Pre/Post Job

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