Plum Brook Safety Policy and Processes
"Mission Success Starts with Safety"
It is the policy of the Glenn Research Center to manage and conduct its research and development operations in such a manner as to eliminate or minimize all potential hazards and to avoid accidents involving injury to personnel, damage to property, or loss of research operating time and effectiveness. The Glenn Research Center will follow all applicable and contractual laws and regulations affecting the safety and health of its employees. In addition, the Center will adhere to recognized safety codes, regulations, and standards based on the dictates of sound engineering judgment in all institutional and R&D operations and activities, including modification or construction of facilities.
Image right: B-2 Site at Plum Brook Station. Credit: NASA
Hazard Analysis Process
Risk management shall be an integral part of Plum Brook Station operations and activities to assure that hazards are identified and evaluated in a timely manner, that risks are assessed, minimized, and consistent with the complexity of the operations or activity, and that residual risk is recognized and accepted by management. A hazard analysis is performed on each active research facility and its associated systems. Each research customer shall submit a hazard analysis report for their research package.
Safety Permit Process
Typically, a safety permit request is submitted about two months in advance of the activity. This allows time for the safety committee to review the support documentation and hold one to two review meetings. The specific length of review time and the number of review meetings is based on the nature and complexity of the project or activity.
Support documentation usually includes:
- Description of the Activity - test objectives, technical description of the systems/equipment, location, duration and frequency of operations.
- Drawings, Figures, and Parts Lists - materials of construction; design pressures, flows, temperatures; class of electrical equipment; instrumentation and control components; interface with facility systems; plot plan; barricade plan.
- Design Criteria - project requirements, design approach and assumptions, applicable codes, support calculations, design and operating limits, results of validation tests.
- Operational Information - operating procedures/checklists; emergency plans and procedures; list of alarms, shutdowns, and permissives.
- Training of Qualified Operators
Safety committee members are Glenn Research Center employees from a variety of disciplines, such as safety, environmental, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control, structural, and operations.
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