support the requirement for documentation, traceability, and accountability for
pressure vessels in DOE O 440.1A, Worker Protection Management for DOE
Federal and Contractor Employees; and
ensure changes to the design requirements, physical configuration, or
documentation are reflected in procedures and training.
Where appropriate, a graded approach should be used to implement configuration
management. The configuration management plan should identify how the graded
approach will be applied. For example, if the contractor applies different schedules for
updating documents through the document control process based on the importance of the
document type to operations, the schedules should be documented in the configuration
The verbs "should," "may," and "must" are used throughout this standard. While our
intent is that the purpose of this standard is to provide guidance, not requirements, some
organizations may agree to have this standard included in the contract or in other
commitments as a requirement. If this standard is listed as a requirement for a specific
facility or activity or set of facilities or activities, the DOE contractor or other
organization required to meet this standard must comply with all of the applicable
provisions that include the word "must." They are not required to meet the provisions that
use the word "should," although they are still recommended.
The word "may" denotes permission to do something and does not impose a requirement.