DOE Guiding Principles

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TTS endorses the guiding principles, as described by the Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge Office:

  • Line management responsibility for safety: line management is directly responsible for the protection or workers, the public, and the environment.
  • Clear roles and responsibilities:clear and ambiguous lines of authority and responsibility for ensuring safety is established and maintained at all organizational levels and for its subcontractors.
  • Competence commensurate with responsibilities: personnel are required to have the experience, knowledge, skills, and capabilities necessary to discharge their responsibilities.
  • Balanced priorities: managers must allocate resources to address safety, as well as programmatic and operational considerations. Protection of workers, the public, and the environment is a priority whenever activities are planned and performed.
  • ¬†Identification of safety standards and requirements: before work is performed, the associated hazards must be evaluated, and an agreed-upon set of safety standards and requirements will be established to provide adequate assurance that workers, the public, and the environment re protected from adverse consequences.
  • Hazard controls tailored to work being performed: administrative and engineering controls are tailored to the work being performed to prevent adverse effects and to mitigate hazards.
  • Operations authorization: the conditions and requirements to be satisfied before operations are initiated are clearly established and agreed upon.