As a part of the N&S Process OAK and LLNL Staff with similar technical qualifications
developed and demonstrated a common understanding of the work and associated
hazards. The process of selecting the standards brought together DOE OAK and LLNL
staff to understand the work, its hazards and the available standards. This common
understanding was clearly demonstrated in several internal reviews held prior to
confirmation where the reviewers could not readily determine whether the presenters
were from LLNL or DOE/OAK.
The N&S Process leads to a better understanding of requirements and expectations by
the various participants. The N&S Closure Process required participation by the
workers, as well as DOE and LLNL program managers and ES&H professionals and
required them to focus on the work and the hazards. This common focus, with its
exchange of information and experience regarding the work and the standards to
provide adequate safety resulted in a shared understanding of requirements and
expectations by all involved.
Readiness for Confirmation is multifaceted:
(a) Required N&S Process elements and the appropriate documentation should be
reviewed. The Confirmation Team expects to understand the context, including the
implementation of the N&S Closure Process, in which the standards were selected.
Careful documentation of how the Process was implemented is critical to meeting this
(b) The Convened Group and the Standards Identification Team need to have evaluated
the feasibility of the set and be prepared to articulate this to the Confirmation Team. The
Confirmation Team is asked to confirm the adequacy and feasibility of the set of
standards. Understanding the assumptions and agreements made in determining the
adequacy of a standard together with an understanding of the LLNL management
system constitute the minimum elements necessary for the Confirmation Team to
assess feasibility of the WSS set. Although not required by the N&S Closure Process,
internal reviews in preparation for the confirmation process were very useful.