Update to Site Access Requirements for the Pantex Plant and the Y‑12 National Security Complex COVID‑19 Vaccine Mandate
dated November 17, 2021
The purpose of this document is to describe the Site Access Requirements for delivery personnel and visitors effective January 19, 2022, and subcontractors effective January 31, 2022.
On October 14, 2021, DOE Order 350.5, COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors became effective for Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS). The order requires CNS to follow the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) guidelines, which mandate federal contractor employees to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. The guidelines also provide guidance to visitors to federal facilities.
DOE Order 350.5 also requires CNS to include the order in new service subcontracts, including construction, awarded to any tiered subcontractor, that exceed the simplified acquisition threshold of $250,000 and that require subcontractor personnel to perform work on any federally owned or contracted property. CNS is required to incorporate the order into contracts on the following schedule:
- For contracts awarded before October 15, 2021, where performance is ongoing, the new order must be incorporated when an option is exercised or an extension is made.
- The order must be included in new solicitations made after October 15, 2021.
- New Contracts awarded on or after November 14, 2021, must include the new order.
- NOTE: Incorporation is strongly recommended for contracts awarded between October 15 and November 14, but not required.
Delivery Personnel — An employee of a subcontractor or third-party company that delivers goods in response to a CNS or subcontractor’s procurement action (e.g., FedEx drivers, LTL drivers).
Visitors — A person accessing the site for business interactions including: attending a meeting or conference, vendor demonstrations, touring the site, etc. Visitors typically include personnel that travel from other Nuclear Security Enterprise sites or other agencies such as Department of Defense. Visitors do not perform work or operations. Subcontractor employees who are not badged and visit the sites infrequently will be considered visitors.
Subcontractors/Subcontractor Employees — An employee of a business who is performing work under a subcontract (at any level) to CNS or another authorized Prime Contractor to the NNSA or DOE who executes work on the Y‑12 National Security Complex or Pantex Plant sites, and does not meet the definition of a visitor.
Requirements for Delivery Personnel — Effective January 19, 2022
- Delivery personnel are not required to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID‑19 test.
- Delivery personnel must follow pandemic protocols (e.g., masking, social distancing).
Requirements for Visitors — Effective January 19, 2022
- Attestation of Vaccination Status
- Visitors must attest to their vaccination status before being provided access to the site.
- The visitor must declare if they are:
- Fully Vaccinated — People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID‑19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two‑dose series, or two weeks after they have received a single‑dose vaccine.
- Partially Vaccinated — People are considered partially vaccinated for COVID‑19 if they have received one dose in a two‑dose series, or two weeks have not passed since receiving the second dose in a two‑dose series or the single‑dose vaccine.
- Not Vaccinated — People are considered not vaccinated if they have had no vaccine doses.
- Decline to Respond
- CNS will provide an attestation form to visitors.
- Visitors must complete and present a hard copy of an attestation form at Access Control, or other designated personnel for VIP visits, before receiving their site credentials.
- Negative COVID‑19 Test
- Visitors who are not fully vaccinated, or decline to respond, must provide proof of a negative COVID‑19 test conducted no more than three days before the first day of their visit.
- The visitor must provide proof of testing to Access Control, or other designated personnel for VIP visits, before receiving their site credentials.
- For continuous visits that last longer than one week, the visitor must be tested weekly and provide proof of negative tests.
- Visitors must follow all other pandemic protocols implemented through the site‑specific Standing Orders or notifications, as required.
- Failure to follow protocols may result in removal from the site and suspension of future site access.
Requirements for Subcontractors — Effective January 31, 2022
- Subcontractor employees requiring site access must be vaccinated for COVID‑19 or have an approved exemption from their company.
- Subcontractor employees for whom an exemption has been granted must follow their company’s testing protocols.
- The Subcontract Technical Representative, Subcontract Administrator, or any other CNS Procurement Authority may, at any time, request proof of compliance from the subcontractor’s designated point of contact.
- Subcontractors must follow all other protocols implemented through the site‑specific Standing Orders or notifications as required.
- CNS will provide vaccinations to on‑site subcontractor employees, if requested, at no cost.
- Failure to follow protocols may result in removal from the site and suspension of future site access.
- These requirements do not relieve the subcontractor from meeting all other contractual requirements.
Update to COVID Vaccination/Testing Requirement
for CNS Subcontractor Personnel dated October 12, 2021
As an update to the October 12, 2021 e-mail and website posting detailing new COVID Safety requirements at the Y-12 National Security Complex, the Pantex Plant, and any CNS/DOE-owned or –leased area, CNS does not require vaccination/testing prior to subcontractor personnel coming on site at this time. The current COVID control requirements (e.g., masking, social distancing) remain in place. We fully expect that, beginning December 9, 2021, site access will require vaccinations or approved exemptions.
CNS is reviewing and addressing new data and developments, and we anticipate releasing further guidance soon. We encourage all subcontractors to review DOE Order 350.5 and the Safer Federal Workforce site to familiarize your business with what has been put into CNS's prime contract with the DOE/NNSA and how it may affect your work with us.
The requirement to report on the percentage of vaccinated subcontractor employees on site remains in place. CNS expects subcontractors to submit that report by the 15th day of each month until further notice.
Any questions may be addressed to the SubconVaccStatus@cns.doe.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Requirements for CNS Subcontractor Personnel
Dated October 12, 2021
On July 29, 2021, the Administration’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Agency Model Safety Principles (Agency Model Safety Principles), which directs Agencies to ask about the vaccination status of Federal employees, on-site contractor employees, and visitors to Federal buildings and sites. In addition, Federal employees, on-site contractor employees, and visitors must attest to the truthfulness of the response they provide.
The Department of Energy (DOE) updated the operating procedures in its DOE COVID-19 Workplace Safety Framework in accordance with the Agency Model Safety Principles. It is essential that Management and Operating (M&O) and Major Site and Facility contractor and subcontractor employees comply with the new safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of the workforce. Therefore, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) requires Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) to comply with these workplace safety principles.
Consequently, and consistent with this requirement and any applicable collective bargaining obligations, CNS's subcontractors, and their lower-tier subcontractors at any level, are required to have a system in place to ensure all employees and subcontractor employees accessing the Y-12 National Security Complex, the Pantex Plant, or any CNS-owned or –leased area or DOE-owned or –leased area, have attested to the truthfulness of their vaccination status as fully vaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, or declining to respond by October 15, 2021.
When requesting this information, the subcontractor must comply with any applicable Federal, state, or local laws, including requirements under the Privacy Act and any applicable collective bargaining obligations. The subcontractor will collect and maintain its own record of this information for all subcontractor employees. And, the subcontractor will report the number and percentage of subcontractor and lower-tier subcontractor employees that have been fully vaccinated as requested by CNS, the NNSA, or the DOE COVID-19 Response Team. This reporting requirement will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue with reports due on the 15th day of each month until further notice and will be submitted to CNS through the COVID Subcontractor Vaccination Status email collection inbox.
CNS's expectation is that the reported number represents your total workforce’s vaccination status, including that of any lower-tier subcontractors, as of the last twenty-four hour period before collecting your report. The report should include the total number of employees and the total number of those vaccinated. You may use this format with the understanding that all numbers apply only to those workers on-site at Y-12 or Pantex, or in a CNS- or DOE- owned or leased facility:
- Subcontractor to CNS
- Total number of vaccinated
- Total number of employees
- Subcontractor’s Lower-Tier Subcontractors
- Total number of vaccinated
- Total number of employees
Subcontractor and lower-tier subcontractor employees who are unvaccinated or decline to attest to their vaccination status will be treated as unvaccinated under the DOE workplace safety protocols. Such employees will be required to participate in their employer’s directed testing program for COVID-19 and will be tested at least once every week. The subcontractor must flowdown this testing requirement as applicable. Employees entered into the testing program will be required to carry their attestation form or proof of a negative test — no more than three days old — when accessing the Y-12 National Security Complex, the Pantex Plant, or any CNS–owned or –leased area or DOE-owned or –leased area. These employees may be required to provide proof of their ability to be on-site if requested by CNS or the DOE/NNSA.
All subcontractor personnel are also required to follow all signage posted in CNS–owned or –leased areas or DOE-owned or –leased areas regarding mask usage and comply with all instructions that have been issued by CNS or the DOE/NNSA. Such instructions may include symptom screening, and failure to comply with such instructions will result in the individual’s removal from the facility. Continued noncompliance may result in placing individuals on CNS's “Do Not Access” list. Placement on this list could prohibit those individuals from accessing the Y-12 National Security Complex or Pantex Plant again, on any future subcontract, or under any other supplier.
The subcontractor community plays a vital role in achieving our national security mission, and we wish to express gratitude to the subcontractor employees who have been part of our frontline workforce throughout this pandemic. CNS will continue to share relevant updates regarding the DOE/NNSA operating and testing requirements as more information becomes available.
If you have any questions concerning this posting or need further clarification of the vaccination reporting requirement please submit them to the COVID Subcontractor Vaccination Status email.
Y-12: Supplier COVID-19 Awareness Notice
Dated: August 17, 2021
All subcontractors and visitors must don face coverings upon entry to the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) or Y-12 leased facilities, including security checkpoints. This includes all passengers in any vehicle entering and traveling at Y-12 or leased sites. Face coverings must not interfere with other prescribed personal protective equipment, or PPE. Face coverings can be temporarily removed for eating, drinking, performing personal hygiene activities, exchanging for a new face covering, when in an isolated space (e.g., alone in an office or vehicle), when non-vaccinated outside and isolated from other workers, or if vaccinated and outside. All visitors must lower or remove face coverings at the request of Security Police Officers.
Dated: July 29, 2021
Updated - Process to Access the Y-12 National Nuclear Security Complex During Stage 2 Resumption of Operations for Badged & Unbadged Suppliers/Vendors/Delivery Drivers
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC. (CNS), the managing and operating contractor (M&O) for the Y-12 National Nuclear Security Complex (Oak Ridge, TN) continues in Stage 2 COVID-19 resumption of operations. This means CNS has returned to normal facility operations. This process has been revised from the last correspondence dated July 8, 2020 and documents how CNS will manage and control access to the site for those required to perform work on site, for both badged and un-badged visitors, including subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, and delivery drivers. For purposes of this process, the term “site” will mean, in addition to the Y-12 Complex and New Hope Center, any owned or leased building where Y-12 personnel conduct operations.
Wednesday July 28, the Department of Energy adopted Centers for Disease Control and Protection guidance that requires people — regardless of vaccination status — in areas with “substantial or high transmission” to wear a face covering.
- Knox, Anderson, and Roane counties are having substantial or high rates of transmission.
Therefore, effective Monday, August 2, personnel and visitors must adhere to the following requirements:
Face coverings must be worn while in Y-12 buildings and leased spaces except:
- If you are vaccinated and outdoors (this includes construction work). Unvaccinated people must wear a face covering when outdoors unless they are at least six feet from others.
- When alone in a cubicle or office.
- Face coverings must be worn when in a vehicle with another person.
- Face coverings must be worn when approaching and going through security checkpoints. Please lower or remove the covering so that identification can be verified.
The sites’ standing orders are being updated to reflect these changes. It is our expectation that you and your teams adhere to the standing orders. We have done a great job of keeping on-site transmissivity of the virus low. To maintain this, especially among the growing number of cases, we must:
- Perform self-screening before coming to work.
- Wear face coverings.
- Sanitize/wash hands and frequently touched surfaces.
- Social distance as much as practicable
All subcontractors, suppliers, vendors, and delivery drivers must continue to follow the below COVID-19 site requirements.
The Shipping and Receiving facility at 765 Perimeter Rd. remains open for operations during the hours of 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, M – Th.
Otherwise, site visits will be limited to mission critical matters only and requires advanced approval.
Process for Pre-screening of Un-badged Requiring Site Entry:
All host organizations/STRs that require on-site contractors, vendors, suppliers, or external delivery services during Stage 2 shall continue to provide a list of un-badged personnel 48 hours prior to the on-site need to Occupational Health Services (OHS) and instruct associated personnel to contact the Y-12 OHS at 865.574.1583 to complete a medical risk assessment screening and report travel within the last 14 days.
OHS will notify the Badging Office with results of screenings. Based on the results, the on-site contractor, vendor, supplier, or external delivery personnel will receive direction on actions they need to take in order to be issued a badge and access the site.
Reference: Coronavirus - Traveling Within the USA
Process for Daily Screening of all Badged Personnel Requiring Site Entry:
Every day, prior to arriving at the site all on-site contractor, vendor, supplier, or external delivery personnel must follow the guidance in the "Y-12 Site Entry Process During COVID-19 Pandemic" by taking their temperature and performing a self-screening questionnaire by answering 4 simple questions. (This form is cleared for employees to print at home on non-GFE printers.) If all responses to the questions are “NO” and the temperature read is less than 100.5 degrees personnel may proceed to the site with the “green” side of the red/greed card facing up on the dash of their vehicle.
Mandatory Site Procedures for all “Un-Badged” and “Badged” Personnel Including Delivery Drivers
Temperature checks will be administered at predetermined locations and times, as directed by the CNS Medical Director.
Any contractor, vendor, supplier, or external delivery personnel with a temperature reading of 100.5 or greater, or whom feel sick are not permitted on site and should not attempt to access the site.
Anyone who suspects or is later confirmed to be ill after arriving on site or within 14 days of leaving the site shall immediately contact their Y-12 STR, Y-12 OHS at 865.574.1583, and their employer.
Contractors, vendors, suppliers, or external delivery personnel are required to don a face covering (cloth or mask) upon entering and until exiting the site. Face coverings should not interfere with other prescribed PPE. The face coverings can be temporarily removed for eating, drinking, personal hygiene activities, while exchanging for a new face covering or when in an isolated space (office, etc.) In the event wearing a face covering conflicts with the use of other safety equipment or practices, then social distancing must be used. It is essential that all visitors follow the additional CDC guidance on ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 found at: How to Protect Yourself and Others.
Process for deliveries:
All truck drivers, including those of subcontractors:
- Traffic and logistics will be notified of the origin and route of the delivery
- Social distancing guidance applies to all drivers to minimize exposure
- Drivers with full truck loads will remain in the cab to check into receiving
- Drivers with less than truck load deliveries will maintain social distancing while identifying what is to be unloaded to Y-12 receiving personnel
- Drivers with incoming loads will un-strap/un-tarp loads their loads and then distance themselves from the receiving personnel by reentering the cab or moving to a designated location at least 6 ft. from others
- Y-12 receiving personnel will unload the truck
- Once unloaded and Y-12 receiving personnel are clear of the area the Driver will be advised to fasten straps/tarps as necessary for departure
- Carriers that use tablets or scanners to obtain proof of delivery signatures will type in the receiving personnel’s name, no direct contact by Y-12 personnel is permitted
- Personnel will don gloves if/when exchanging paperwork, and will not share pens
- Drivers showing signs of illness shall contact Y-12 OHS at 865.574.1583 immediately
- Deliveries from areas with high community spread: Reference Coronavirus - Traveling Within the USA for most current updates
- Drivers should understand dates of travel to determine potential exposure
- Develop plan, case-by-case for handling of materials that cannot be disinfected. Current National Institute of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control guidelines are not conclusive on the duration of virus viability on surfaces
- All visitors/drivers that become a suspect or confirmed COVID-19 case within 14 days of leaving the site(s) shall contact Y-12 OHS at 865.574.1583 immediately. It is essential all drivers follow the additional CDC guidance on ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 found at: How to Protect Yourself and Others.
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