Column: Emerging Sectors: Cleaning Up With SPC

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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Nuclear Site played a pivotal role in the nation's defense beginning in the 1940s when it was created as part of the Manhattan Project. The current environmental clean-up mission faces challenges of overlapping technical, political, regulatory and cultural interests. Fluor Hanford, a prime contractor for the DOE, has the ultimate responsibility for cleaning up a large portion of the site. Its emphasis has to be on safety, quality of work and meeting deadlines. It chose to use SPC to manage safety and quality information, and progress has been achieved in both injury reduction and process improvement.

The DOE policies on ISMS require goals and objectives to be established for ISMS performance. Fluor Hanford meets these commitments by taking the following steps:

  • Perform trending of performance data using SPC charts. Trends are detected through a fixed set of rules.
  • If a trend is detected, determine the …

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