Maintaining the Set of Work Smart Standards
Work and its hazards are dynamic. Static sets of requirements even when carefully
developed and fully complied with cannot be relied upon indefinitely to provide assurance of
safety. A number of conditions may indicate a need to revise the WSS set or some portion
thereof. Such conditions could include:
changes in mission and work, or work conditions, resulting in a different set of hazards;
discovery of new hazards or better understanding of existing hazards;
input from Stakeholders, Interested Parties, or Departmental lessons learned that
suggests the existing standards set may not be necessary and sufficient to adequately
address all hazards;
changes to laws, regulations, standards, or DOE directives that are included in the WSS
changes in contract or contractor.
Effective maintenance of the WSS set requires continuing vigilance for change. Changes to
mission, equipment, facilities, processes, materials, etc. may introduce new hazards. Changes
to procedures, personnel or budgets may likewise introduce new circumstances that should be
evaluated. New regulations, revision of standards or DOE directives are also sources of
changes that must be evaluated. Robust change control mechanisms are a requirement of
Integrated Safety Management and WSS sets should be controlled through these mechanisms.
When changes are noted that may raise safety concerns, the WSS standards basis should be
evaluated to determine if the WSS set should be revised. In practice it is considered advisable
that the WSS set contain a standard for controlling the set. The guiding principle should be that
a single standards change control mechanism for controlling all standards, including the WSS
set, should be established as part of the ISMS.