Planning for Decommissioning and Responding to Hazards

A cooling water system actuator was left in place when the collimator served by the cooling water system was removed from a research facility. The circuit that supplied 110-volt power to the actuator provided power to other devices still in use, so the breaker for this circuit was not locked/tagged out. Approximately 21 years later, an employee ina...

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Questioning Attitude Recognition Program

The UCOR Questioning Attitude Recognition Program was initiated in 2014 and was designed to encourage employees to question practices and conditions that may be unsafe as well as identify non-safety related continuous improvements. Monthly and quarterly winners receive a token of appreciation. Past winners include: A building service worker noticed...

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Engineered Control Designed to Remove Electrical Hazard while Troubleshooting or Resetting Legacy Chiller

This best practice demonstrates the benefits of establishing an inclusive team with diverse work experience when troubleshooting or problem solving an issue. Legacy equipment, non-compliant with current installation requirements, presented safety concerns during maintenance and reset operations. The team identified to solve the issue included elect...

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Hackers, Scammers, and Skimmers! How to Fight Back Against Credit and Debit Card Fraud at Work and Home

Credit and debit card "skimming" and "shimming" are in the news often these days as thieves continue to get more sophisticated with equipment that steals your card numbers as you make point-of-sale purchases. Recently a PNNL staff member's personal debit card was compromised and another staff member's corporate card was charged for plane tickets an...

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Understanding the Distracted Brain

The cognitive distraction from paying attention to conversation – from listening and responding to a disembodied voice – contributes to numerous driving impairments. Specific driving risks are discussed in detail in this article.

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Near Miss Accident Alert - Worker on Manlift Seriously Injured

A worker was in the basket of a raised man lift working near a stacker conveyor belt when his right arm became entangled in the head pulley. The victim was transported to a local hospital but doctors were unable to reattach his arm.

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Oakland East Span Bay Bridge Lessons Learned

In the increasing need for larger and more complicated projects, a valuable amount of data is available in lessons learned from prior projects to support the execution of existing and planned projects. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake initiated the California Department of Transportation replacement or retrofitting of more than 2,000 bridges in the...

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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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The Safe Conduct of Research - Cobalt-60 Source Transfer

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the third in a series of videos examining these principles in action, a PNNL project team tasked with the planning, procurement, and receipt of a highly radioactive source of Cobalt-60 shares how the SCoR principles inform their work.
From maint...

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Peer to Peer Accountability - Teamwork, Mutual Respect, & Circle of Trust

This video demonstrates undesirable (along with the desirable) behavior examples of supervisor-employee interactions when changes are requested to work instructions. Engage the circle of trust - put management and employees in one circle....ultimately save time, improve efficiencies, improve safety culture.....

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Vehicle Security Barrier Accident

This video summarizes an accident that occurred when a delivery truck driver was struck in the back of the leg by a descending active vehicle barrier which caused significant injury to the drivers lower leg. The Security Police Officer, who was processing the driver through the Vehicle Monitoring Facility, lowered the barrier without first verifyin...

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Safe Conduct of Research: A Healthy Respect for What Can Go Wrong

Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles form the foundation of PNNL's safety culture. In the second in a series of videos examining the principles in action, PNNL Coastal Sciences Researcher Shon Zimmerman discusses how he maintains a "healthy respect for what can go wrong". Zimmerman got himself, another staff member, and the researc...

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Review of Operating Experience Results in Process Improvement

In preparation for an upcoming core internals change out outage at the Advanced Test Reactor, a team of personnel reviewed past core internal change out reports for information to improve performance. During this review, it was noted that the tool used for removing the right hand beryllium blocks was very difficult to set up and operate. In Additi...

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