Department of Energy (DOE) Fire Safety Committee
Minutes of the May 13, 2000 meeting
Written by: Jim Bisker, Chairman
The meeting was held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield,
Colorado, in conjunction with the Year 2000 DOE/Contractor Fire Safety
Conference. A list of attendees is included in the Conference
"Proceedings," which is published under separate cover.
Committee business began with the resignation of Chairman Dennis
Kubicki and the assignment of current chairmanship duties to Jim Bisker.
The reason for this action is that the committee�s support authority in
the DOE Office of Environment Safety and Health (EH) is being reorganized
and Mr. Kubicki is being reassigned to the EH oversight group.
Additionally, DOE fire protection program policy functions are being
transferred to the EH Office of Nuclear and Facility Safety where Mr.
Bisker will assume responsibility under the authority of the office�s
director, Mr. Richard L. Black. Both Kubicki and Bisker presented a
discussion of these events, with the affirmation that a need exists for
maintaining this Delphi group to guide policy development in the DOE.
Bisker identified however that some committee activities and possibly
membership totals may need to be streamlined to align with current EH
philosophies. Other discussion topics included the following:
Nuclear Air Cleaning Handbook
ERDA 76-21, Nuclear Air Cleaning Handbook (Second Edition) is being
revised to include a separate fire protection chapter. Leo Derderian will
take the lead on this development.
DOE Representation on the new NFPA Building Code
Our current order process cites compliance with NFPA standards and
Local building codes. The development of a new NFPA building code may
impact future construction activities in the DOE. Because of this, Jim
Landmesser has volunteered as DOE's representative.
Revision to the Primer on Spontaneous Heating and Pyrophoricity
It was concluded through discussion that a time frame for document
revision can not be determined at this time due to limitations in securing
technical expertise. A number of individuals were identified as technical
experts and will be contacted for support in reviewing and updating the
Performance Measures in DOE O 231.1, "Environment Safety & Health
Recent committee proposals incorporating fire safety program
performance measures will be withdrawn and redeveloped using less
qualitative reporting fields. Reasoning behind this is that program
performance should be gauged through objective methods, such as event
based reporting, so that an accurate performance reflection is achieved.
For additional information on these minutes or the DOE Fire Safety
Committee, please contact Jim Bisker on (301) 903-6542