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DOE-STD-1045-93
3. DISCUSSION
3.1 Notifications
An effective notification program provides a positive means for the facility to respond to
public health and safety concerns. Department of Energy policy encourages a positive
attitude toward reporting occurrences. Facilities should develop notification guidelines
that are directed toward ensuring uniformity, efficiency, and thoroughness of
notifications consistent with the requirements of DOE Order 232.1A, Occurrence
Reporting and Processing of Operations Information.
The need for facility-specific notification guidelines is apparent if one considers the
situation of a supervisor during, and immediately after, a serious operating event. The
supervisor's first priority is to ensure safety. This may involve implementing emergency
operating procedures, reassigning operating personnel, and/or personally supervising
immediate actions. In the midst of this activity, the supervisor requires concise
notification guidelines that clearly indicate the appropriate level of notification for the
specific event, based on an evaluation of its potential to impact safety, health, the
environment, or operations. The supervisor also needs to know the time available to
make the notification within regulatory requirements, the individuals to be notified, and
the method to be used to notify each.
Well-designed guidelines will ensure that notifications do not interfere with the
immediate actions that are needed in response to abnormal conditions. They should also
ensure that notifications are regarded as an integral part of the response, not an action to
be considered after conditions have returned to normal.
A manager has overall responsibility for the event investigation process. However, the
manager may delegate specific tasks in the investigation process to other personnel as
appropriate.
3.2 Investigation of Abnormal Events
Prompt investigation of abnormal events and conditions is important so facilities can
assess the impact of each event or condition, determine the root cause, and identify
corrective actions to prevent recurrence. Abnormal events and conditions include all
occurrences requiring formal notification under DOE Order 232.1A. Additionally,
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