Direct Cause

Note: The Direct Cause field has been replaced by the new Cause Codes field after the ORPS redesign of 2003. When searching on records prior to the redesign, you may still use Direct Cause as a search field. To search on Direct Cause, select Cause Codes from the Identification scrolling list on the Specify New Database Criteria page. The Cause Codes selection box will be displayed, as shown below. Note that this box contains two columns - the left column contains selections for Direct, Root, and Contributing causes (data entered prior to the ORPS redesign). The right column contains selections for the new Cause Codes field, which is used for data entered after the ORPS redesign by those who are using the new interface.

Direct Cause Selection Box

The Direct Cause is the cause that directly resulted in the occurrence. All Final occurrence reports must have a direct cause identified. Update occurrence reports and notification occurrence reports may have a direct cause identified.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should be aware of potential problems if you choose to include update occurrence reports and notification occurrence reports in your search. These two types of reports may not have a direct cause identified. If a direct cause is identified, it is subject to change prior to submittal of the final occurrence report.

Causes are classified into broad categories and various subcategories.

To specify values for this field, highlight it on the Specify New Database Search Criteria page. Click the Refine Search and Specify Values command button. Specify values for this field using the Direct Cause selection box shown in the image above. Note that OR logic is always applied when there are multiple selections within a selection box.


Discovery Date/Time

This chronology field is the date and time the occurrence occurred or was discovered. This field is required for all occurrence reports.

To specify values for this field, highlight it on the Specify New Database Search Criteria page. Click the Refine Search and Specify Values command button. Specify the date and time using the Discovery selection boxes and check boxes shown in the image below. In the example below, a search is being performed for all reports for which the discovery date is exactly equal to February 2, 2002.

Discovery Date Selection Box


Division or Project

This narrative field identifies the project or the contractor organization responsible for the facility at which the occurrence took place. This field is required for all notification, update, and final reports.

To specify values for this field, highlight it on the Specify New Database Search Criteria page. Click the Refine Search and Specify Values command button. Specify the text using the Division or Project edit box. Within the edit box enter single words or words/phrases, combined with text operators. What you specify in this edit box will be used to search the Division or Project text.

Division or Project  Edit Box


DOE EOC Notification Date/Time

This chronology field is the date and time when the DOE HQ Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was notified of the occurrence. This field is required for all occurrence reports that are categorized as Unusual or Emergency.

To specify values for this field, highlight it from the Specify New Database Search Criteria page. Select the Refine Search and Specify Values command button. Specify the date and time using the DOE EOC Notification selection boxes and check boxes shown in the image below.

HQ EOC Notification Date Selection Boxes

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