Submitting a Technical Concern Using the DPO Process
Instructions to be used with the Differing Professional Opinion
To start the DPO process, the employee submitting the DPO (the
submitter) must submit to the appropriate DPO Manager (DPOM) a written
document (Differing Professional Opinion Submittal Form) that provides
the following information:
- What is the issue?
Tell us what the problem is.
- What is your recommended action?
Tell us what should be done to fix or better address the problem.
- What could happen if there is no change?
Tell us what you think the impact will be to the environment or to
health and safety if no change is made to the current situation.
If possible, include an assessment of the consequences, including
the technical basis for the consequence if the concern is not
addressed. The consequences discussed should be in terms of
effects to worker safety or health, or protection of the public or
environment from DOE facilities or activities.
- Which technical experts would you recommend to
be included on the panel to review the DPO?
If you know someone who can help us review the issue properly,
please provide a recommendation with contact information.
- What should we read to help us resolve the issue?
Include a list of the relevant documents that support your DPO or
should be read for a thorough independent review (e.g., sections
of safety bases documents, assessments, reports). Either provide a
copy of the documents or provide enough information to enable us
to obtain them easily.
- What else have you tried to resolve this issue and
what were the results?
Let us know what you have already tried to resolve this issue. For
example, discuss how you used review and comment processes or
local DPO processes to raise your issue and/or identify the
technical personnel and management with whom you discussed your
concern, including the dates (or approximate dates) and what was
discussed. What was the outcome of that effort?
- What is the scope of the DPO?
To help determine who should review this issue, indicate whether
the DPO involves:
- Non-nuclear facilities and/or activities (SLAC is a
non-nuclear DOE facility)
- What is your contact information?
Provide your name, where you work and what is your position,
telephone number, mailing address, and email address.
When completed, email the form to
the ESH DPO Manager.