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Action 11 - Communication

"Enhance transparency and effectiveness of communication and improve dissemination"

 

Activities

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(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to produce an upgraded version of USIE taking into account the feedback from Member States. Completed
Project on USIE 2012 Enhancements: The objective of this project is to enhance the functionality of the first version of the USIE system, including adding the ability for counterparts to manage users in their own organizations as well as to update their contact details themselves on the system. The objective is also to improve the overall usability of the system, taking into account results of the USIE usability review conducted by the IEC in 2011, and to make several functional improvements to the system. In addition, adherence of contact points to USIE is steadily increasing. Completed
Member States feedback on the USIE has been gathered and was consolidated at the sixth Competent Authorities Meeting in April 2012. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to make available to Member States the International Radiological Information Exchange (IRIX) standard version 1 Completed
Realease the candidate version. Completed
The Secretariat made available to Member States the International Radiation Information Exchange (IRIX) standard version 1 after a last review lead by IRIX steering group. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to develop a web service interface for USIE using the IRIX standard. Completed
The Secretariat made available to Member States web service interface for USIE using the IRIX. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to produce an upgraded version of USIE taking into account the feedback from Member States. Completed
Development of use USIE guidance. Completed
Development of training modules. Completed
Make the user manual and training modules available. Completed
The Secretariat conducted two workshops in Vienna and one workshop in Brazil based on the Operations Manual for Incident and Emergency Communication (IEComm 2012), involving a total of 48 participants from 23 Member States. At these workshops, participants were trained in using the IEComm Manual and encouraged to register for the Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies. Completed
Creation of a new thematic network within GNSSN Global Netork on emergency preparedness and response. Planned
Encourage Member States to register in USIE as well as to make several functional improvements in USIE, including promoting the international Radiation Information Exchange standards. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to respond to requests from Member States to assist in enhancing the transparency and effectiveness of communication among operators, regulators and various international organizations as necessary. Completed
Discussions with Member States. Completed
Invite Member States to submit plans Completed
Collect plans from MS. Completed
Publish the guidance for Member States on developing a strategy and national communication plan for clear and effective public communications in nuclear and radiological emergencies Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to evaluate, integrate and consolidate existing mechanisms for a comprehensive approach to coordinate communication among Member States, Operators, Regulators and International Organizations and encourage Member States to formally register and actively participate in existing IAEA forums and networks. In progress
Improve the availability of easily understandable information (e.g. via websites in national languages). In progress
The Secretariat organized and conducted four regional training events (Belgium, Bolivia, Indonesia, Morocco) and one national training event (the United Arab Emirates) for Member States on public communication, thereby further enhancing the importance of openness in sharing of information related to EPR. Completed
Undertake efforts to enhance media knowledge of radiation and nuclear technology. In progress
The Secretariat is continuing to discuss with Member States and relevant international organizations their assessment capabilities and ways of sharing these capabilities during a response to a nuclear emergency. In progress
Organise and conduct four tchnical meetings on Leadership Human Behaviour and communiction during accidents. Completed
Organise and conduct a consultancy meeting on Soft Coordination. In progress
Creation of a network of newcomers. In progress
The Secretariat held a meeting in March 2013 to discuss and review a draft version of the proposed new IAEA General Safety Guide on Communication and Consultation with Interested Parties. Completed
Discussions with the FAO, WHO and WMO on revising existing bilateral agreements on sharing information in a nuclear or radiological emergency. In progress
Discussions with the Interpol, EUROPOL, CTBTO and IMO on developing new agreements. In progress
Initiation of two projects to provide an enhanced information sharing mechanisms for Member States on national and local EPR arrangements. This information sharing mechanism will build on RASIMS and on the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network and will provide an expanded capability for sharing information between national competent authorities and EPR professionals. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review and revise policies, plans and procedures to provide Member States, international organizations and the general public with timely, clear, factually correct, objective and easily understandable information during a nuclear emergency. In progress
IEC to release a draft of revised IEComm 2012 (formerly ENATOM 2007) to Member States for comments. Completed
Receive and incorporate feedback from Member states in IECom 2012. Completed
Publish final version of IEComm 2012. Completed
Discuss with MS regarding protocols for IAEA expanded role. Completed
The Secretariat has produced a draft internal policy document in order to revise its emergency response plans and procedures to provide Member States, international organizations and the general public with timely, clear, factually correct objective and easily understandable information during a nuclear emergency. Completed
Enhancement of existing internal plans and procedures under the IES. Completed
Facilitate and encourage information exchange and knowledge sharing among communicators who may be involved in the response to a nuclear or radiological emergency in order to improve competence, as well as to prepare exercises and plain-language explanatory content for media and public dissemination. In progress
Project on Assessment Methodology and Arrangements during Incidents and Emergencies (in cooperation with Japan). In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review the internal capability accordingly. Completed
The Secretariat performed a capability review of resources and a comparative gap analysis against the types of issues expected to arise during nuclear emergencies. Procedures have been developed for use in the assessment and prognosis process based on the IAEA Safety Standards and guidelines and the Secretariat’s response staff has been trained in their use. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review and revise policies, plans and procedures to provide Member States, international organizations and the general public with timely, clear, factually correct, objective and easily understandable information during a nuclear emergency. In progress
Learn Member States’ specific assessment and prognosis capabilities and encourage their registration in the RANET. In progress
Develop of existing tools on accident emergency classification. In progress
Organize IAEA staff Training on the use and application of these tools. In progress
Several meetings were conducted focusing on the information needed for assessment and prognosis. and on modelling methodologies for marine and aquatic environments during nuclear emergencies. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to explore with Member States and identify appropriate mechanisms to access the additional information on nuclear power plants necessary to respond, in accordance with the revised policy, in case of incidents or accidents, taking into account confidentiality and proprietary considerations. In progress
Exercise use of tools and protocols in internal and ConvEx exercises. (exercise the assessment and prognosis capability with the support and involvement of Member States and international organizations during full scope exercises.) In progress
Secretariat prepared the exercise calendar for 2013 and posted it on the Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE). Completed
Conduct regular emergency response exercises that include communications among national authorities, international organizations and media. In progress
Prepare exercise calendar for 2014. Planned
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review and upgrade the maintenance package for USIE. In progress
Organize and conduct Consultancy Meeting on Identification of enhanced RANET capabilities. Completed
Incorporation of new capabilities into draft RANET 2013. Completed
Member States to identify capabilities and tools. In progress
Register Member States capabilities. In progress
Implementation of maintenance package. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review and revise policies, plans and procedures to provide Member States, international organizations and the general public with timely, clear, factually correct, objective and easily understandable information during a nuclear emergency. In progress
The Secretariat organized the first international experts meeting (IEM)in March 2012, on the topic of Reactor and Spent Fuel. The primary objectives of the IEM were : - to analyse relevant technical aspects of reactor and spent nuclear fuel management safety and performance related to severe accidents - to review what is known to date about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in order to understand more fully its root causes - to share the lessons learned from the accident - the IEM showed that significant efforts and actions have been undertaken by Member States and relevant organizations with the common goal of improving safety, ensuring protection against extreme events and enhancing mitigation of severe accidents. Despite differences in approaches, priorities and schedule of implementation, the studies performed by Member States and the areas identified for improvement appeared to converge, with similar conclusions and corresponding actions being identified to strengthen the overall safety framework. Completed
Produce a report on Reactor and Spent Fuel Safety in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant . Completed
The second IEM on the topic Enhancing Transparency and Communication Effectiveness in the Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency was held on 18-20 June 2012. The meeting analysed at expert level, all relevant aspects for enhancing transparency and effectiveness in communications during a nuclear or radiological emergency, in the light of the Fukushima accident, and identified lessons learned and best practices for improving information dissemination. Completed
Produce a report on Enhancing Transparency and Communication Effectiveness in the Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency. Completed
An IEM on Protection against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant will be held on 4-7 September 2012. The results of this IEM will complement those from the IEM on reactor and fuel safety in identifying detailed safety aspects on seismic and tsunami hazards and their impact on nuclear installations, including interaction between hazard and structure and in sharing lessons learned Completed
Produce a report on Protection against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Completed
The fourth IEM on the topic Decommissioning and Remediation after a Nuclear Accident was held from 28 January to 1 February 2013 Completed
The objective of the IAEA Report on Decommissioning and Remediation after a Nuclear Accident (IEM 4) is to highlight the lessons learned on decommissioning, remediation and radioactive waste management in the light of the Fukushima Daiichi accident and also from previous nuclear and radiological accidents, as well as from the management of nuclear legacy sites. Completed
The fifth IEM on Human and Organizational Factors in Nuclear Safety in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was held in May 2013. Completed
Produce a report on Human and Organizational Factors in Nuclear Safety in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant . In progress
The Secretariat organized and conducted the 6th in the series of international experts’ meetings in February 2014 on the topic of Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Promoting Confidence and Understanding, at IAEA. The objective of this IEM was to discuss and better understand the challenges to radiation protection raised by the Fukushima Daiichi accident and how these need to be addressed effectively at the national and international levels. The IEM focussed on the complex technical, societal, environmental and economic issues in radiation protection that have broad application and may need to be addressed during remediation and long term recovery operations following a nuclear or radiological accident. Completed
Produce a report on Radiation Protection After Fukushima Daiichi Accident. Completed
In March 2014 the Secretariat organized and conducted the 7th in the series of International Experts’ Meetings (IEMs) on the topic of Severe Accident Management in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Completed
Produce a report on Severe Accident Management In progress
Organize and conduct IEM 8 on the topic of Research and Development. Planned
Produce a report on Research and Development. Planned
Organization of an International Workshop on "External Event Site Safety Evaluation" in October 2012. Completed
In April 2013 the Secretariat, in conjunction with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, organized the third in a series of International Conferences on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems hosted by Canada in Ottawa. This was the first event with a regulatory focus since the Fukushima Daiichi accident and bore the theme ‘Transforming experience into regulatory improvements’ Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to produce a report to address the lessons learned, including the technical and regulatory issues that have been identified from all relevant sources of information. Completed
Production of a report on Lessons learned in the area of EPR: Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Completed
(Activity) The IAEA Secretariat to strengthen its knowledge preservation arrangements for major nuclear accidents. In progress
Project on Assessment Methodology and Arrangements during Incidents and Emergencies. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to continue facilitating and sharing with Member States a fully transparent assessment of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in cooperation with Japan. In progress
Write and provide the Fukushima report. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to organize expert missions, meetings and conferences jointly with Japan on the technical and regulatory issues arising from the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Completed
Experts visit for cooperation on sea monitoring related to TEPCO s Fukushima Daiichi Accident. Completed
The Government of Japan, in co-sponsorship with the Agency, organized the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in the Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in December 2012. The Conference was open to the media, Non-Governmental Organizations and International Organizations. This Conference contributed to strengthening nuclear safety worldwide by providing yet another opportunity to share with the international community, at the ministerial and expert levels, further knowledge and lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident and to further enhance transparency. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review the assessment performed by the Japanese government and by the operator (TEPCO) of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Completed
IAEA to conduct International Complementary Safety Assessment Review Mission Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to consult Member States for feedback on the application of INES during nuclear radiological emergencies, with the focus on the Fukushima accident and the application of INES as a communication tool. Completed
The review of the application of the INES as a communication tool is completed. The INES Advisory Committee provided input to this review during a meeting held at the Secretariat on 10 October 2011. The INES Advisory Committee suggested that additional guidance on the application of INES in severe nuclear accidents be developed and in its meeting in March 2012 considered the application of INES to the rating of releases of radioactive material to the marine environment. Completed
In July 2012 the Secretariat held the biennial Technical Meeting of INES National Officers that reviewed draft Guidance on the Use of INES in Evolving Severe Accident Situations which contains sections on the use of INES when communicating about events affecting multi-unit sites, actions to be taken to prepare for the use of INES in communications during and evolving accident situations, why events with significantly different consequences could have same INES rating and a set of frequently asked questions and corresponding answers related to the use of INES as a communication tool. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to develop additional guidance on the application of INES as a communication tool during severe accidents in particular and emergency situations in general. Completed
Following the meeting of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) National Officers on the application of INES during a severe accident, the Secretariat prepared draft guidance on application of INES in complex severe and evolving events, which was made available to Member States for comments. Completed
The Secretariat has completed a publication for the use of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), as a communication tool, which is currently under the Agency s publication process. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review the role of the INES Advisory Committee. Completed
IAEA review the role of the INES Advisory Committee. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to develop guidance for the application of INES to the rating of releases of radioactive material to the marine environment. Completed
Provide guidance for the application of INES to the rating of releases of radioactive material to the marine environment. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to develop additional guidance on the application of INES as a communication tool during severe accidents in particular and emergency situations in general In progress
Develop INES training modules for distance learning. (Publication on the IAEA website by the end of 2014) In progress
Harmonize the application of the INES methodology through different mechanisms for example through e–learning training tools. Planned
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to review the INES strategy document and revise accordingly. In progress
Assess the applicability of INES methodology to other areas, such as the medical area and draft a guidance accordingly. In progress
Discuss the INES strategy and its update with the INES Advisory Committee Planned
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