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DOE-HDBK-1148-2002
THE NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT CLOSURE PROCESS
Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions have been raised during training sessions and applications of the
"Closure Process for Necessary and Sufficient Sets of Standards." They address issues about
the functioning of the Process and about the product of the Process, the Work Smart Standards
set. The answers are based on the experience of Process practitioners as collected by the
Department Standards Committee.
Q1
Does the N&S Closure Process put aside Department responsibilities for safety
standards to the contractor?
A1
No, the N&S Closure Process does not put aside the Department's responsibilities for
safety standards. Rather, it emphasizes thorough understanding of the work and the
hazards as conditions for identifying and approving the controlling safety standards. The
N&S Process requires that both DOE and the contractors be fully engaged at the
management, worker and technical levels throughout the Process. Both DOE and the
contractors must approve the set of standards and agree that the set when properly
implemented will provide reasonable assurance of protection to the public, the workers
and the environment. DOE and contractor personnel who have successfully completed
the N&S Process report that they have gained an improved shared understanding of the
work, the hazards and why the standards selected are appropriate to provide adequate
safety. Several sites have expanded their standards base as a result of the N&S
Process. Sites now "own" the WSS set, whereas before sites often viewed standards as
forced upon them by DOE.
The N&S Closure Process supports the implementation of Department of Energy
Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) clause concerning integration of environment, safety, and
health into work planning and execution (48 CFR 970.5204-78), and is a Department-
approved tailoring process for inclusion in the DEAR-required contractor Safety
Management System. The Department's N&S Closure Process is described with
requirements for its application in DOE M 450.3-1. The N&S Closure Process relies on
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