Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Health, Safety, and Environment
The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant has a Health, Safety and Environment Organization with extensive capabilities. The organization includes Industrial Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine, Fire Protection, Nuclear Criticality Safety, Environmental Activities, Health and Safety Upgrades, Health Physics, and Safety Analysis. These entities utilize the services of the Development, Quality, and Laboratory Services organizations to provide technical support. A wide range of environmental support expertise is available relative to all environmental laws. Permitting, environmental reporting, auditing and inspection, issue resolution, compliance strategy development, environmental sampling and analysis, and automated data management are examples of the capabilities in the Environmental Activities areas. The Health Physics department provides radiological health support in the areas of external and internal dosimetry, instrumentation, and workplace monitoring. Radiological facility support is included for engineering design, facility safety documentation, operational readiness reviews, and weapons radiological hazards.
Advanced detectors have been developed for dosimetry and instrumentation monitoring. One project being performed is monitoring Desert Storm personnel who have internal depleted uranium shrapnel. Other notable activities include:
The Industrial Hygiene Department has developed a computerized respirator fit test that is currently being used as a portable test facility.
A patent is pending on a gasket that is part of a HEPA-filtered vacuum unit designed to remove paint containing lead or asbestos.
The Bioassay Laboratory of the Analytical Services Organization (ASO) is a Center of Excellence.
This wide range of capabilities within the Health, Safety, and Environment Organization is a valuable resource locally as well as statewide and nationally.
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