New DOE OPEXShare Launches December 7, 2020

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.

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NNSA Technical Bulletin - Special Edition - October 2020

In this edition:
Special Edition - Feature Article

Challenges Facing Safety Oversight: A New Approach to be Purpose Driven and Mission Focused (Revised September 2020)

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NNSA Technical Bulletin - August 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...

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Release of Kinetic Energy Results in Hand Contusion and Laceration

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...

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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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Mindfulness in the Workplace

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...

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Fatigue: Effects on Safe Work Performance and Health

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:...

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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.

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Safety by Choice, Not by Chance: How to Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls

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...

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Fall Protection on Steel Structures

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.

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Falling Through the Cracks

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...

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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
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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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
Project Management
Project Controls, Construction Management, Contract Management
Suspect/Counterfeit Items
Work Management/Planning 
Job Hazards Analysis, Work Control, Work Planning, Pre/Post Job

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