The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded Chris Fischahs its annual Safety System Oversight (SSO) Award. At the time of the award, Fischahs was an SSO staff member on the Safety Evaluation Team at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office.
The award is in recognition of the extensive safety systems oversight Fischahs performed in 2013, and the resulting improvements in operational safety at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). His operational awareness and oversight activities consistently provided Los Alamos Field Office managers with accurate, objective information on the performance of safety systems.
“We are proud and fortunate to have Chris on the field office team,” said Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak. “His contributions ensured the important work that takes place at the Lab was performed safely.”
Examples of Fischahs oversight activities in 2013 were the completion of four vital safety systems assessments that led to implementation of safety improvements, input to a federal integrated project team that led to improved safety systems designs for the LANL Transuranic Waste Facility project, participation in an important federal operational readiness review and cross-cutting assessments of engineering processes and procedures that resulted in improved overall performance of all safety systems at LANL.
NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office administers the contract for management and operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory.