In general, since Berkeley Lab is a federal instrumentality, it is subject to
federal laws and regulations to mitigate and control the work-related hazards
and provide protection of workers, the public, and the environment. Therefore
these are included in the set. State laws and regulations and local ordinances
are also included if the applicable federal law contains a waiver of federal
sovereign immunity, making federal facilities subject to state and local laws
to the same extent as nonfederal facilities.
The body of this report is an integral part of the agreement, and it places requirements on Berkeley Lab and the Oakland Operations Office. In particular, Berkeley Lab is required to implement the WSS set in general accord with the implementation guidance described in the narrative section. Both Berkeley Lab and the Oakland Operations Office are required to develop and approve an Integrated Safety Management System for Berkeley Lab which integrates environment, safety, and health into all levels of management so that work is planned and missions accomplished while protecting workers, the public, and the environment. Upon adoption of an Integrated Safety Management System, Berkeley Lab and the Oakland Operations Office will replace the ES&H management orders in the contract between the University of California and the Department of Energy with an appropriately revised set of performance-based integrated safety management principles created specifically to supplant the ES&H management provisions in existing DOE orders, and tailored to the approved Berkeley Lab management systems.
A second list of standards, which includes the issues that are addressed by each standard, follows. This list provides the justification for the standards by linking them to the issues at Berkeley Lab.
After the WSS set is the Charter, which describes the organization and process followed to arrive at the standards set. The Charter includes a description of the teams used to survey the work and the associated hazards, and the team (and sub-teams) used to identify the standards. A description of the internal review teams and the independent confirmation team is also included.
The detailed justification and implementation narrative, provided by each standards identification sub-team, follows. This provides justification for the chosen standards, based upon the work and hazards at Berkeley Lab. It also describes the implementation assumptions, which are fundamental to the application of the WSS set at Berkeley Lab.
These sections are followed by a re-formatted list of issues, which includes the standards that apply to each issue. This section, along with the narrative, has proven to be extremely useful to the review and confirmation teams in their appraisal of the WSS set.
Finally, tables are provided which summarize the comments raised by the review teams, the confirmation team, and the stakeholders. The concerns are categorized as to their disposition, wholly incorporated, partially incorporated, or not incorporated in the report. Included remarks briefly describe how each comment was handled.
A supplement to the report is available. The supplement includes guidance sent out by the Convened Group, the steering committee of the process, as well as the set of hazard analyses prepared by the teams which surveyed the work and the associated hazards. The supplement also includes the set of Identification Team issue forms, including those prepared to address concerns of the review and confirmation teams and the stakeholders. The supplement is available, upon request, to others interested in pursuing the WSS process.