During the 1999 joint DOE/Energy Facility Contractors Group Chemical Safety Workshop, a subgroup
was formed to better integrate Chemical Management into the Department's ISM policy. The team,
representing both DOE and contractor representatives from across the complex, developed the following
sample Lines of Inquiry.
REVIEW CRITERIA AND SAMPLE LINES OF INQUIRY FOR CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT
FOCUSING ON CHEMICAL HAZARDS MANAGEMENT
The following provides a collection of lines of inquiry that could be used in an assessment of the chemical
management functional area. The lines of inquiry are grouped according to the general criteria for a
subject matter expert (SME) evaluation recommended in the Integrated Safety Management System
(ISMS) Team Leader's Handbook. These lines of inquiry are suitable for use by a chemical management
SME within a broader ISMS review or in a "stand-alone" review of a chemical management program.
The lines of inquiry may be used in reviewing requirements' documentation, interviewing personnel, or
observing activities. A robust set of lines of inquiry would enable determination that the given criteria are
Members of the Chemical Safety Topical Committee and others with experience in reviews and
verifications in this functional area are invited to add to these suggested lines of inquiry, so this collection
continues to grow as a valuable resource.
Within the Chemical Management area, the planning of work includes an integrated identification and
analysis of hazards, and development and specification of necessary controls. There is an adequate
process for the authorization and control of work, and a process for identifying opportunities for feedback
and continuous improvement. Within the Chemical Management area, line managers are responsible for
safety; clear roles and responsibilities have been established; and there is a satisfactory level of
CRITERIA AND LINES OF INQUIRY
Procedures and/or mechanisms for activities involving chemicals require adequate planning of individual
work items to ensure that hazards are identified and analyzed, and that appropriate controls are
identified and selected for subsequent implementation.