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DOE O 422.1 Chg 2 (Admin Chg), Conduct of Operations

Functional areas: Administrative Change, Conduct of Operations, Safety, Security, Property Management

This Order defines the requirements for establishing and implementing Conduct of Operations Programs at Department of Energy (DOE), including National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), facilities and projects. Admin Chg 2, dated 12-3-14, supersedes Admin Chg 1.

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Writer: Earl Hughes
  • Administration
  • Management and Operations
  • Procurement
  • Safety
  • Security
ID: DOE O 422.1 Chg 2 (Admin Chg)
Type: Order
OPI: AU - Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security
Status: Current
Approved Date: Jun 29, 2010
Last Update: Dec 03, 2014
Certified Date: Dec 03, 2014
CRD: Yes
Invoking Directive: Yes

Bonneville Power Administration; Southeastern Power Administration; Southwestern Power Administration; Western Area Power Administration; Facilities that are subject to regulation by other Federal agencies such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Tom Kohler says:
Oct 14, 2016 11:55 AM

In Attachment 2, Appendix A Step 2.e.(1) On-Shift Training. Attribute b. states, For positions requiring operator certification, candidates receive on-on-one instruction on station." This is only required when the operator I son watch with the trainer. The Guide to Good Practice identifies that more than one-to-one is allowed.

Earl Hughes says:
Jan 05, 2017 02:35 PM

The Order also allows more than one trainee per trainer in Appendix 2, paragraph 2.e.(4).c

Paragraph 2.e.(1).b requires on-shift training for certain operators. Even if more than one trainee is with the instructor, each would receive "one-on-one" training on station when performing on-shift training.

Michael R Causey says:
Dec 07, 2016 06:10 PM

I am new to DOE requirements and documents and would like to clarify requirements associated with DOE O 422.1. Specifically, where this DOE Order requires "checklists" or system alignments to be used for controlling the position or status of plant equipment, is it the intent of this DOE Order to exclude "computer controlled equipment" from this requirement ? For example, do I need to establish a documented baseline configuration for ALL configurable plant equipment, such as pumps, fans, heaters and valves, including that equipment that can be remotely operated using the station computer network ? Does the requirement to use a checklist or system alignment pertain and apply ONLY to manually operated equipment ? Thanks in advance.

Earl Hughes says:
Jan 05, 2017 03:11 PM

No reference is provided in the comment, but it appears to refer to Appendix 2, paragraph 2.h.(2) for initial system alignments and maintaining control of system status. The requirement in 2.h that "...operators ... ensure facilities operate with known, proper configuration..." flows to 2.h.(2).b where checklists are mentioned for initial alignments and rechecks. Knowing initial and follow-on configuration of equipment is required for all equipment in a facility, whether manually or remotely operated. Operators should determine the desired configuration (on off, standby, remote/local control, open, shut, etc.) for startup, and maintain control through operations to shutdown. In the case of automatic systems, the control system configuration also should have alignment checklists to ensure they are on line, operating in the proper mode, and any variable control inputs (switch positions, digital input selections, etc.) are set properly. See section 2.j on Independent Verification for guidance on verifying critical equipment configuration.

Steve Foster says:
Jul 13, 2017 07:35 AM

Can locks used to control equipment status be hung on components in the field without an associated tag.(i.e.. lock a valve in the closed position). The question is really, can you hang a lock on a component and not hang a tag with it to identify the component, who hung the lock and who authorized the lock.

Diane Johnson says:
Jul 21, 2017 11:14 AM

Earl Hughes says: Jul 19, 2017 02:21 PM

DOE follows the OSHA rules for control of hazardous Energy, 29CFR1910.147. The Rule section 1910.147 (c)(5)(ii) requires "Lockout and tagout devices shall indicate the identity of the employee applying the device(s)"
Lockout devices with no tags could be mistaken for vandalism and removed. Only an accompanying tag identifying the worker who installed a lockout device and that it is an authorized lockout ensures other workers know that the lockout device is there to protect against hazardous energy and must be left alone.

Thomas Ashley says:
Jul 24, 2017 11:44 AM

I concur with Mr. Hughes that a lockout device should have an accompanying tag to indicate not only the associated lockout/tagout identity but also the date and identity of the person placing the lock and tag. In the case of a personal lock placed for a simple lockout/tagout (on onto a lockbox for a group LOTO) our program allows the use of a personal danger tag, a lock body wrap sticker or lock body stickers (as supplied with some Master danger locks) as long as the two criteria of NFPA 70E and 29CFR1910.147 are met: 1) labeled as "Danger Do Not Remove" and 2)identity of person placing the lock.

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