Equipment Installation

Create a robust and high throughput pit disassembly tool with a small footprint and only the necessary automation and controls to support existing processes with meeting throughput demand.

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Installation of the Vortex Fire Suppression System

DOE requirements in the Downdraft Room at the TA55 Nuclear Facility mandated the need for implementation of a nondestructive fire suppression capability. NPI8 was tasked with the design, procurement, installation, startup and commissioning of a new technology to meet these stringent requirements associated with fire suppression. Execution of this m...

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Implementation of Human Performance Improvement Program at the EMDF Project

The principles and tools of Human Performance Improvement (HPI) may be proactively applied to all scopes of work whether in the field or in an office environment to reduce errors related to safety. The tools are equally effective at reducing quality errors. For the Environmental Management Disposal Facility (EMDF) project, these tools are being us...

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Paint Fumes Migrate into Offices

The Safety Data Sheet for the intended quick dry enamel gloss paint was reviewed as part of the pre-job planning. The SDS stated use of the product requires adequate ventilation. The roll up door in the work area was opened to provide ventilation. Painting inside the lower level mechanical equipment room was performed using a brush and roller. Sh...

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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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Mechanic Dies After Being Crushed Under Electrical Cabinet

A mechanic died after being crushed by a 900-pound electrical cabinet he was working on tipped over. The incident occurred in a decommissioned equipment storage area of a frozen food manufacturing facility. On the day of the incident, the victim was removing salvageable equipment from a nonworking electrical cabinet, when it tipped over and crushed...

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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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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 - 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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How to Prevent Dangerous Drowsy Driving

AAA explains why drowsy driving is so dangerous and shares tips to prevent falling asleep at the wheel.

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Parking Lot Safety

This INL produced video reviews safe parking lot behaviors.

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UCOR Ladder Safety Testimonials

In support of CPWR's (Center for Construction Research and Training) National Stand down to prevent falls in construction, UCOR employees give testimonials to fall events they have had while working on ladders.

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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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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 
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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
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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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