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easily track and search on important facility safety information across a large number of
1. Introduction
The SHAMU is one thrust of a LMITCO compliance reengineering initiative that will help fulfill
a commitment to the DOE Idaho Operations Office to reduce the cost of operations and, at the
same time, improve compliance with all the applicable requirements.
The SHAMU is an innovative methodology that uses existing LMITCO intranet systems and
off-the-shelf software to greatly change and improve the way the INEEL creates and manages its
multitude of facility safety documents. The SHAMU will enable the INEEL to develop required
facility safety documents, such as Safety Analysis Reports (SARs) for nonreactor nuclear
facilities, and environmental compliance documents, such as Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA) permits, that are more technically consistent, while significantly reducing
the cost and time for preparation and approval. Other benefits will include a reduction in the
number of noncompliances due to inconsistent or inaccurate information, better safety awareness
and safety management, and readily available information and utilities.
2. Background
This SHAMU initiative began as a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)
initiative to develop a method for ensuring that the suite of hazard assessments and other safety
documents prepared over the lifetime of a facility are consistent, avoid replication, and are
properly maintained. The LDRD initiative was motivated by differences in hazards assessments
which resulted in significant delays in document approvals and much rework leading to an
inefficient use of time and money. These inconsistencies existed for several areas but one main
area was that the various assessors who perform the hazard assessments were not aware of and
did not consider previous or on-going efforts.
The initial plan was to use innovative methods to create, manage, control, and revise facility
safety documents. This was pursued by developing new software in corroboration with another
DOE contractor who was developing a similar software-based method. Shortly after a prototype
of the hazard assessment management software was developed, the project team determined that
the goal could be more easily and cost effectively reached through the use of existing Internet
and Intranet based software packages and systems. The team also decided to redirect the
customer focus from external (i.e., general industry, cities, counties, and states) to internal (i.e.,
LMITCO and DOE). As such, it was appropriate to switch from an LDRD based initiative to a
LMITCO compliance reengineering initiative. This switch resulted in a more focused initiative
while still achieving the original goal.
3. Main Elements
The two main elements of this compliance reengineering initiative are: (1) the standardization of
information, methodologies, and studies commonly required for or used in facility safety

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Peatross, R.G.; Nitschke, R.L. & Bengston, S.J. SHAMU: A better way of creating, maintaining, and complying with your safety documentation, article, December 31, 1997; Idaho Falls, Idaho. ( accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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