Operating Experience Level 3 2020-05: Unexpected Exposure to Electrical Energy

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information about the dangers related to the unexpected exposure to electrical energy at Department of Energy sites. In addition, it discusses ways to avoid such events and the importance of applying the Seven Guiding Principles and Five Core Functions of DOE's Integrated Safety Management System....

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Operating Experience Level 3 2020-04: Avoiding Hand Laceration Injuries

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information that Department of Energy (DOE) federal employees and contractor partners can use to reduce the risks and severity of hand laceration injuries while conducting work and handling equipment on the job. In addition, it discusses importance of applying the Seven Guiding Principles and Five...

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OE Level 3 2020-03: Final FAR Rule Requires Implementing Clause in New Contracts and Expands Counterfeit, Suspect Counterfeit, and Non-Conformance Government-Industry Data Exchange Program Reporting Requirements for the Department of Energy

This Operating Experience Level document, which does not constitute contractual direction, provides information on implementing the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Final Rule that requires Government-Industry Data Exchange Program screening and reporting by contractors and subcontractors of counterfeit or suspect/counterfeit items, and certain...

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Telework using collaboration platform technology.

This article describes the experience, use and implementation of a collaboration application (app) during minimum safe operations.

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Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting

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...

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Evaluating the Use of Sit to Stand Workstations

As a result of an article published in April 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security titled "Health Hazards of Prolonged Sitting," an increased installation of Sit to Stand Workstations occurred at Nevada National Security Site. To determine if or how users benefited from the installation of the Sit to...

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Employee Ignores Peer Pressure and Reports Safety Concern

An employee performed a safety intervention with a co-worker who crossed a lockout/tagout boundary without complying with the required hazardous energy control process. The co-worker resisted the safety intervention and encouraged the employee to ignore their concern. Disregarding the peer pressure, the employee notified management and a stop wor...

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Complacency is Your Enemy: Anatomy of an Arc Flash Incident and Lessons Learned

On May 3, 2015 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 53, during Preventative Maintenance (PM) on a 13.8-kV electrical substation, a wireman entered a cubicle on the energized portion of the switchgear to clean it with a commercial spray cleaner and suffered severe injuries from the resulting arc flash and blast.
LANL Deputy Chief...

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Wildfire Readiness - Do you have a 5 minute plan?

The United States Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) has many resources for people wanting to have an emergency plan for various types of emergencies. As spring gives way to summer, fire danger increases. This article provides a short video about one persons account and their recommendations for your you might get better prepared for wildf...

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Understanding Human Failure

This article outlines types of human failure and ways you can work to reduce these from happening on your job. It was originally published at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, a national regulator for occupational safety and health in Great Britain, under their Leadership and Worker Involvement Toolkit initiative.
The video below...

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MSA Distracted Driving Safety Video

Mission Support Alliance (MSA) Safety Video to help motivate safe attitudes.
Contained in the video are ideas you can implement to avoid distracted driving.

Types of distracted driving are:

Visual Distractions - Anything that takes your eyes off the road
Manual Distractions - Anything that takes your hands off the wheel
Cognitive D...

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Mechanical Door Failure Operating Experience Prevents Possible Injury

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...

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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
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Product Recalls and Alerts
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Chemical Safety 
Laboratory Safety; Chemical Hazards
Deactivation and Decommissioning 
Deconstruction, Decon, Decontaminate, Cold & Dark 
Emergency Management 
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
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Job Hazards Analysis, Work Control, Work Planning, Pre/Post Job

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