DOE FIRE SAFETY COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Department of Energy /National Nuclear
Security Administration (DOE) Fire Safety Committee is to
provide a forum to facilitate the interaction between the
DOE, its program offices and contractor personnel with common
interests regarding the identification and resolution of fire
safety-related issues including the development of appropriate
fire protection Orders, Guides, and Technical Standards.
The Fire Safety Committee will promote fire safety throughout
the Department by sharing information, expertise, and sponsorship
for the development of DOE fire protection Orders, Guides,
and Technical Standards that are consistent with those promulgated
for both nuclear and non-nuclear (industrial) industries.
Such Orders Guides and Technical Standards will promote a
level of fire protection that is consistent with the best
class of industrial properties and achieve defense in depth.
1. Serve as the DOE focal point for fire protection Orders,
Guides and Technical Standards issues.
2. Function as the Preparing Activity/Reviewing Activity
for developing fire protection Standards for the DOE Technical
Standards Program Office (TSPO). In this capacity the Committee
will provide assistance to the Office of Primary Interest
(OPI) with coordination of newly-published Standards.
3. Be prepared to define the DOE-wide position on DOE,
non-DOE government, and non-government consensus fire protection
Standards published or in comment coordination.
4. Produce, when the need arises, fire protection Standards
for national or international use.
5. Partner and interface with non-DOE Standards development
bodies (i.e., National Fire Protection Association/American
National Standards Institute/American Nuclear Society/American
Glovebox Society). Develop, when the need arises, a government-wide
technical position on fire protection Standards for adoption
by other non-DOE Technical Standards organizations.
6. Promote implementation of DOE-wide best practices for
nuclear and non-nuclear safety-related fire protection methods
7. Provide a path for fire protection technology transfer
from the DOE.
8. Establish and maintain liaison with other DOE topical
committees having mutual interests through the TSPO. (The
Committee shall advise all other DOE Technical Committees
on the preparation of Standards related in subject matter
and the correlation and consolidations of similar Standards
prepared by these committees, and promote cooperation between
these technical committees in areas of common interest.)
9. Form direct ties with counterpart Standards development
organization topical committees to participate in the development
and review of national and international technical Standards.
10. Participate with representatives of other topical committees
and the TSP manager to establish guidance and protocols
for topical committee operations under the TSP.
11. Identify fire safety issues of concern for the Department.
12. Sponsor the DOE/Contractor Fire Protection Workshop.
13. Suggest areas of fire protection research to the Department.
Membership in the DOE Fire Safety Committee is open to all
DOE and DOE contractors with
responsibility for managing and overseeing implementation
of fire protection requirements at DOE facilities. Every major
DOE field element may have a representative on the committee.
A majority of members will be Federal employees who will elect
a committee chairperson on a two-year cycle to act as the
official Committee lead and spokesperson. HSS representatives
will serve as Committee Co-Chairperson, and Committee secretary.
The Fire Safety Committee is a standing topical Standards
committee sponsored by the DOE Technical Standards Program.
The following principles will govern its operation:
1. Openness: Participation in Committee Standards development
process will be open to all persons who are directly and
materially affected by the activity in question.
2. Balance of Interests: Any Order, Guide or Technical
Standard development activities undertaken by the Committee
will be comprised of representatives of all categories of
interest that relate to the subject matter.
3. Due Process: The Committee will ensure that any individual
or organization within DOE who believes that an action or
inaction of the Committee causes unreasonable hardship or
potential harm is provided the opportunity to have a fair
hearing of his/her concerns.
4. Reporting: The Committee will report on fire protection
Standards-related activities to the DOE TSPO on a frequency
that is appropriate to the activity and consistent with
the needs of the TSPO.
Committee meetings will normally be held in conjunction with
regularly scheduled workshops and conferences at which fire
protection engineering management and oversight personnel
attendance is expected. When the physical presence of the
Committee is required, special meetings will be scheduled.
These meetings will normally be hosted by the contractor at
a DOE facility.
Jim Bisker (HS-32)
Committee Co Chairman
Jeffrey Feit (HS-30)
DOE Technical Standards Manager.