Step Back and See the Forest

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Work Management/Planning, Radiation Protection, Deactivation and Decommissioning

Two recent events at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) illustrate the need to look at the larger picture during work activity planning and subsequent procedure reviews. In both events, the management team became distracted by the smaller details of the activity. By not following up and applying a holistic view of the activity, reviews of the work package missed controls that could have prevented the events.

Lesson Learned: Work activities often present unique hazards and work scope. These in turn demand unique solutions. When planning complex work activities and establishing hazard controls, it is easy to become buried in the minute details. Often forgotten, taking a step back and looking at the larger picture of the activity is equally as important as digging through the details.

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