The vision of the EFCOG
Electrical Safety Subgroup (ESSG) is that electrical safety
throughout the DOE Complex will improve continuously as a
result of the efforts and actions taken or guided by the
The purpose of the ESSG
is to integrate DOE and DOE-Contractor electrical safety
activities under a single EFCOG umbrella in order to foster
consistency in achieving excellence in electrical safety
throughout the DOE Complex.
The methods incorporated
by the ESSG to accomplish the goals and purpose include:
Promote, coordinate, and facilitate the exchange of
successful electrical safety programs;
Develop leading/lagging indicators for electrical
Develop and integrate model procedures and processes
that flow from applicable regulations to field
personnel, including subcontractors;
Provide technical leadership for electrical safety to
the Department of Energy and technical expertise for
electrical safety projects and improvements throughout
the DOE Complex.
Develop and promote best practices and lessons learned
for electrical safety
Annual initiatives will
be determined at the Fall Meeting. The ESSG has identified
several ongoing electrical safety improvement initiatives to
support four discrete areas: Leadership/Advisement,
Programmatic, Training/Education, and Performance
Subcommittees will be established for each initiative for
developing and completing actions designed to facilitate
improvement in the respective area.
The identified initiatives are as follows:
Plan and conduct an annual DOE Electrical Safety
Provide guidance for consistent interpretation of
electrical safety regulations addressed in 10 CFR
Assist DOE in updating and maintaining the DOE Electrical
Safety Handbook and sponsor its use within EFCOG;
Provide a resource pool for baseline independent assessments
Interface with DOE/NNSA to support the “Center
for Electrical Safety.”
Maintain and augment the EFCOG Electrical Safety training
Collaborate with contractor training programs and DOE to
enhance electrical safety training.
Maintain and promote the Electrical Severity Measurement
Tool for effective electrical safety data collection and
Review electrical events and provide technical assistance to
lessons learned authors to prevent recurrence.
The membership of the
EFCOG Electrical Safety Subgroup includes both DOE and
DOE members act in an advisory capacity and ensure
the goals of the ESSG are consistent with those of the
Department of Energy.
They are expected to actively participate in all ESSG
efforts to ensure a teaming environment and maximize
Contractor personnel will be selected to ensure
complete representation from affected DOE responsible units
and selected contractor work groups.
Process and Schedule
The ESSG operates in an
open forum that encourages participation and contribution
from all interested in the ultimate goal of protecting DOE
facilities, equipment, and personnel from the hazards
associated with the use, installation, and maintenance of
energized electrical components.
Formal decisions are adopted by a 2/3rds majority
vote of the present designated representatives of supporting
entities. Designated representatives unable to attend
a meeting may send an alternate from their organization to
vote for them. The quorum for a formal vote is
representation by at least 50% of the supporting entities.
Designated representatives will remain voting members
of the ESSG until replaced in writing by the sponsoring
Formal meetings are held
by the collective membership of the ESSG at least twice
addition, monthly conference calls are scheduled for the
third Wednesday of each month.
An Executive Board of the ESSG consists of:
The term of the Chair is
two years, beginning January 1 of the odd years.
The Vice Chair assumes the role of Chair and a new
Vice Chair is elected each time a new Chair assumes office.
The term of the Secretary is two years, beginning
January 1 of the odd years.
A new Secretary is elected each time a new Chair
The Workshop Lead assumes the officer-at-large position
beginning January 1.
The outgoing Chair (Chair Emeritus) will continue to
serve on the Executive Board for two years to provide
coordination and advice to the new Chair. Nominations for
Vice Chair and Secretary will be obtained by the Chair
Emeritus during the even years and elections will be held by
the Fall Meeting of the even years.
The ESSG will evaluate
and establish annual commitments for electrical safety
deliverables and publish them in a document to be posted on
the EFCOG Electrical Safety Subgroup web page.