Board Safety Oversight Principles
As described in the Board's Strategic Plan, the Board executes its
safety oversight responsibility according to the following principles:
- The primary responsibility for ensuring protection of the health and safety of the
public and workers, and protection of the environment belongs with DOE line managers and
extends to all levels from the Secretary of Energy to the workers on the floor.
- As an external action-forcing agency, the Board influences DOE line management actions
to the extent needed to achieve safety objectives.
- Effective safety management demands that safety expectations be clearly defined and
tailored to specific hazards at all levels -- site, facility, or activity.
- Technical expertise is required to define controls commensurate with the identified
hazards and to ensure compliance.
- Safety oversight responsibilities for defense nuclear facilities will not be
relinquished until radiological hazards have been mitigated and until it is reasonable to
transfer responsibilities to other agencies such as individual states or EPA for final
cleanup, demolition, and environmental restoration activities.