Pitfalls of Graded Approach for Startup Readiness Activities

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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:  Startup Readiness

Startup readiness processes are designed to provide assurance that a project is ready to begin/resume activities and operations after construction or extended shutdown of nuclear facilities. The process described in DOE Order 425.1D, Verification of Readiness to Start Up or Restart Nuclear Facilities provides a graded approach dependent on the extent of the activity and also allows for tailoring of what is verified. Once the extent of the requirements have been identified, applying insufficient rigor in the implementation of Startup Readiness Assessment activities creates at-risk conditions that outweigh the perceived benefits of reduced rigor.

Lesson Learned: The level of rigor expected for implementing startup readiness activities is not influenced by who the startup authority is or the type of readiness activity. Implementation of all aspects of a readiness assessment should use a level of rigor to the highest level practical to ensure project success. Throughout the readiness activities, to include preparation, performance, and closure of pre-start findings, the completion of activities needs to be such that the Readiness Assessment team or an independent team can readily assess adequacy of the completion of the activities.

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