Screen Items Before Placing into Hammermill Bag

Hammermill bags are intended for disposal of classified and unclassified controlled information. Unfortunately, Hammermill bags have sometimes been used as a catch-all for items indiscriminately transferred from cabinets and drawers. While this catch-all approach may expedite an office cleanup task, it can also introduce risks to the Hammermill per...

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Energized Legacy Edison Circuit Identified During Lockout/Tagout

After a Lockout/Tagout installation and work release to support the remodeling of a restroom at the Materials and Fuels Complex, a subcontractor using a proximity tester, discovered an energized legacy Edison circuit with 120 volts. A previously performed electrical configuration management review and workability walkdown did not identify this ci...

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Tingling Felt by Worker Due to Less Than Adequate Grounding

Workers experienced tingling due to less than adequate grounding on a newly installed crane revealed a lack of grounding testing required by equipment vendors or the construction installer. Design Engineers and Buyer Technical Representatives need to be aware of assuring that vendors comply with the electrical requirements by inspection and testin...

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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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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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Peer to Peer Accountability - Turbo Frisk

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 a worker being surveyed in a change area by a health physics technician. The key message of the video is that employees need...

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Peer to Peer Accountability - Valve Turning

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 performing a valve turning process while complying with applicable procedure and work planning documents. The key me...

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Protective Cover Placed Over Collapsed PUREX Tunnel

On May 20, Hanford workers placed a protective cover over Tunnel 1 at the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX). The cover will provide additional protection while longer-term risk mitigation measures are developed and implemented. Crews will string cables across the cover to provide additional securing.

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Success Stories

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. The measures prevented personnel from being injured on October 26th, 2015, when a overhead door sprocket came loose and door dropped to the floor. The corrective measures that were put into place, along with effective communication of those measures, is credited with the prevention of possible injury to workers in the area when the sprocket fell to the floor.   

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