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Hazard Identification

Hazard Identification program is used to ensure that facilities categorized as radiological or industrial have the appropriate authorization basis to perform their missions. Authorization basis is either determined by a "technical hazard analysis" or the facility is deemed adequately covered by Laboratory standard hazard control programs for foreseeable routine hazards. The Facility Use Agreement (FUA) documents the authorization basis.

The Hazard Analysis subject area provides the "hazard screening" process using the BNL Facility Hazard Rating Tool below, which is applied to facilities and proposed modifications to determine the need for follow-on safety analysis. Controls and/or safety limits are implemented based upon the technical safety analysis, and these controls are included in the FUA. The FUA then becomes the authorization basis for the facility. By using a graded approach, more detailed safety documentation would be prepared for the facilities and modifications that fall into relatively higher hazard groups.

Also included within this program area is the new BNL Hazard Validation Tool. This effort has was initially developed to assist the Research Operations Coordination and Oversight (ROCO) organization document their facility hazards walk-throughs as a part of their Blueprint initiative under WBS 4.1, Task 6.3.2: Space Hazard Assessment and Risk Mitigation.4.1. It has since evolved to include the PPE Area-Based Safety and Hazard Placard project, WBS 4.3 and the Facility Hazard Risk Assessment project, under WBS 4.8. This comprehensive database includes drawing data from other ESH and Laboratory databases. This will be an interim database until a final platform can be determined in a parallel effort. Key data elements being collected are critical equipment, F&O interfaces with that equipment, the area-based designation, and other hazards that are not defined in existing databases. Both hazard placarding and ROCO hazard validation are complementary efforts. The hazard placarding is currently planned to be completed in just several months, while the ROCO hazard validation effort is currently envisioned to take 1.5 – 2 years.