The Safety Working Group (SWG) is chartered to assist member companies in attaining and maintaining the highest levels of safety and regulatory performance in the operation of DOE/NNSA facilities/projects. The SWG achieves this by:

  • Seeking out, developing, and promoting best management and operating practices
  • Facilitating the exchange of operating experiences and information on safety/regulatory programs and their effectiveness, as well as designing studies and developing position and technical papers to inform DOE/NNSA regulations and directives processes where appropriate
  • Providing DOE/NNSA and member companies with access to a network of subject matter experts
  • Identifying opportunities to save and/or avoid costs in the implementation of their safety and regulatory programs
  • Assisting member companies in implementing effective safety and regulatory programs through peer reviews and consultations
  • Arranging for training and awareness workshops to enhance the competency of safety professionals

Upcoming Events

EFCOG/DOE Electrical Safety Workshop 2017 will take place at Hanford Site on 07/24/2017 - 07/28/2017 at 12:00 am

Worker Safety & Health Subgroup Meeting will take place at DOE Forrestal Building on 10/24/2017 - 10/26/2017 at 12:00 am

EFCOG Quality Assurance & Integrated Safety Management Working Group Meeting will take place at on 11/06/2017 - 11/09/2017 at 8:00 am





John A McDonald

Chair Washington River Protection SolutionsOrganizational Performance Improvement Manager Work PO Box 850 MS R2-53 Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509) 373-0418 Cell Phone: (509) 438-9257

Patricia Padezanin

Vice Chair Savannah River Nuclear SolutionsDirector, Health and Safety Work 203 Lawrence Street SW Bldg 730-1B Aiken SC 29801 Work Phone: (803)952-8309 Cell Phone: (803)507-8104

Alice M Lewis

Secretary Quality Professional, Acquisition Quality Support Service Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Work 902 Battelle Blvd Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509)371-7813 Cell Phone: (509)539-1733

EFCOG Sponsoring Directors 

Linda R Bauer

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Director Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLCVice President, Mission Assurance Work P.O. Box 2009 MS 8017 Oak Ridge TN 37831 United States Work Phone: (865) 574-3762 Cell Phone: (865) 313-1228
Linda R. Bauer serves as director of Transformation for Consolidated Nu-
clear Security, LLC.
Before accepting her current position, Bauer was acting senior vice pres-
ident and deputy general manager of Y-12, with responsibility for the
Production; Facilities, Infrastructure, and Services; Engineering/Design
Authority; and UPF Integration organizations.
Previously, as vice president and division director of FI&S, she was re-
sponsible for all aspects of facilities management and maintenance at the
five-million-square-foot site. With a work force of 1100, FI&S covers the
utilities, roads and grounds, and all services in support of the 300 build-
ings throughout the site.
Before her time at Y-12, Bauer was senior vice president for Los Alamos
Technical Associates, Inc., where she provided executive-level direction
and support. While maintaining that role, she served as commissioning
manager for the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion projects in
Piketon, Ohio, and Paducah, Kentucky. She also served as project manager
for LATA’s $525-million Portsmouth Environmental Restoration Project at
the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon.
In earlier assignments, Bauer served as president of Babcock and Wilcox
(B&W) Savannah River, where she was responsible for all K Area opera-
tions. In her tenure with B&W, she has held senior management assign-
ments associated with the Savannah River Site; Nevada Test Site; Depleted
Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Plants; the Mound Plant in Miamisburg,
Ohio; and company-owned facilities near Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and
Alliance, Ohio.
Bauer earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Memphis,
an M.S. degree in health physics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in
environmental health physics, also from Purdue.

Raymond (Ray) J. Skwarek

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Director UCOR & Washington River Protection SolutionsESH & QA Manager Work UCOR-URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC P.O. Box 4699, MS 7294 Oak Ridge TN 37831 United States Work Phone: (865) 241-1181 Cell Phone: (706) 495-7806

Ray Skwarek is UCOR’s Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance (ESH&QA) Manager at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Ray is responsible for all environmental, occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, radiological protection, emergency preparedness, safeguards and security, quality assurance, training, and contractor assurance system programs.  Ray has led the accomplishment of DOE Integrated Safety Management System verification and Voluntary Protection Program Star status at several DOE sites.

Before joining UCOR, Ray served as Chief of Staff to the President of Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) at the Hanford Site. He provided leadership and integration of all WRPS business/support organizations, as well as WRPS Safety Culture Sustainment activities.  Ray was previously Manager of Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance at WRPS. During Ray’s tenure, the project achieved three AECOM President’s Safety Awards, including achieving more than 4 million hours without a lost or restricted workday injury, an all-time record for any Hanford Tank Farm Operating Contractor.

Ray served as Manager of Hanford’s One System Integrated Project Team that aligned systems and facilities between the Hanford Tank Farms and the Waste Treatment Plant.  Ray also served as Director of Safety, Health and Quality Assurance for Washington Closure Hanford with responsibility for all occupational safety, industrial hygiene, contractor assurance, and radiological protection programs for the River Corridor Closure D&D Contract.

Ray previously held management positions in ESH&QA, engineering, and business management with Washington Savannah River Company in Aiken, South Carolina, and with the Department of Defense at the Pentagon.  Ray began his career in various engineering and management positions in the commercial nuclear power industry with Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Ray received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.  He also holds an MBA in Management and Finance from Duquesne University.  Ray holds certifications as a PMI Project Management Professional and a BCSP Associate Safety Professional.

DOE Liaison

Patricia R Worthington

DOE Liaison Director, Health and Safety, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, US Department of Energy Work 1000 Independence Ave. SW AU-10 Washington DC 20585 Work Phone: (301)903-5392 Work Fax: (301)903-4672

Subgroups and Leadership

Engineering Practices Subgroup 

Integrated Safety Management Subgroup
Nuclear & Facility Safety Subgroup
Quality Assurance Subgroup

Regulatory & Enforcement Subgroup
Sustainability & Environment Subgroup
Worker Safety & Health Subgroup



Safety Working Group Task Sheet

EFCOG Alerts


EFCOG SCI Alert 2007-001

EFCOG Alert 001-2005