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.