Safety Overhaul for Bechtel Project
The Hanford Waste Treatment Plant that Bechtel National Inc. is constructing in Richland, Washington will be the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant. Prior to beginning construction CHAMPS Software, Inc.’s Enterprise Asset Management software was implemented to support construction, system startup and operational work control and workforce safety. This year the plant won a Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ from the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and now a top nuclear safety official with Bechtel is advising senior plant managers on how to develop a plan for a “world-class nuclear safety and quality culture”.
Edward Sproat, former director of DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and now a Bechtel employee, is leading the planning effort at the plant, which Bechtel calls the “Vit Plant” because it will immobilize 56 million gallons of liquid waste by turning it into glass using vitrification technology. The plan they come up with will address safety culture recommendations coming from assessments and analyses conducted by several groups, including DOE’s Office of Health, Safety and Security; the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board; the Independent Safety and Quality Culture Assessment Team; and a Vit Plant employee survey, according to Bechtel. As a mission critical software solution CHAMPS EAM will no doubt play and integral role in achieving these lofty goals related to plant safety.