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Action 5 - Operating Organizations

"Strengthen the effectiveness of operating organizations with respect to nuclear safety"



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(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to respond to Member States requests for support in performing the review of the management systems, safety culture, human resources management, and scientific and technical capacity in all operating organizations as necessary. Completed
Organize and conduct Consultancy Meeting on Capacity Building. Completed
Provide results of Workshop on sharing experiences to New owner-operators. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to strengthen its capability to provide support and assistance to Member States for strengthening the effectiveness of operating organizations. In progress
The Secretariat organized and conducted a technical meeting on safety culture during pre-operational phases of an NPP program in South Africa in November 2012. The technical aspects and behavioral and social science approaches to safety culture improvement were discussed. The importance of safety culture in the early phases of an NPP program was highlighted. Completed
The Secretariat organized and conducted a technical meeting in March 2013 on the Design Review Process to Support Expanding and New Nuclear Power Programs. Thirty-two experts from 17 Member States and 2 international organizations participated and discussed relevant experience and knowledge on the enhancement of the NPP design process. Improvements to the design management processes were explored and the concept of the design authority was discussed. Completed
The Secretariat organized and conducted a technical meeting on Technical Support Organization (TSO) Role and Responsibilities in May 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a common understanding of the roles, and responsibilities, and activities of TSOs for strengthening the design, safety and NPP performance as well as the decision making capabilities of NPP owner operators. The participants specifically emphasized the key role and core activities of TSOs (both internal and external) and their importance to the operation of NPPs. Completed
The Secretariat organized a Technical Meeting in June 2012 on the topic on Managing the Unexpected from the Perspective of the Interaction between Individuals, Technology and Organization. It was the first meeting of its kind to explore how nuclear safety can be strengthened through a systemic and resilience perspective. One key conclusion of the meeting was that further efforts are required by the nuclear community in order to ensure resilience when handling unexpected events. completed
The Secretariat is finalizing a Safety Report on How to Continuously Improve Safety Culture - Applying Organizational Science to Enhance Safety Performance. In progress
Preparation of new Safety Requirements for Leadership and Management for Safety. In progress
Organize and conduct a Technical Meeting on the Degradation of Primary Components in Pressurized Water Cooled Nuclear Power Plants. Completed
Finalize and publish a report on Human performance and internal communication in emergency situations. Planned
The Secretariat held a Technical Meeting on Flexible (non-base load) Operation Approaches for Nuclear Power Plants in September 2013 in France and was attended by 50 experts from 15 Member States and five international organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a common understanding of all the relevant aspects of the flexible operation of NPPs and to support the Secretariat in the preparation of a report on non-base load operations for NPPs. The report will be based on Member States experience. In progress
The Secretariat held the IAEA-FORATOM Management Systems Workshop -Journey to Excellence in a Changing Environment in Vienna in November 2013, which was the 12th in this series of joint workshops and attended by 125 experts from 32 Member States. The participants discussed how to adapt their systems to ensure the safe management of nuclear facilities in a changing environment. Completed
A technical meeting on "Engineering Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Accident" will be organized from 24-26 November 2014 hosted by the Government of Republic of Korea through KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School at Ulsan. Planned
A new nuclear energy series "Monitoring Systems for Nuclear Power Plants" will be published of early 2015. Planned
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to promote the participation on "Nuclear Power Industry Cooperation Forum" organized during the IAEA General Conference to share relevant experience and strengthen cooperation in the nuclear industry. In progress
Organize and conduct The Nuclear Operator Organizations Cooperation Forum on regular basis. In progress
Organize and conduct a Joint technical meeting with The Joint Research Centre on assessment of safety of operating nuclear power plants. Completed
The Secretariat finalized a comprehensive catalogue of services to support new nuclear power programmes in the Member States, covering each of the 3 Phases of nuclear power infrastructure development, including the 19 nuclear power infrastructure issues in the IAEA Milestones publication . The objective of the catalogue of services is to integrate all the available assistance and support available to Member States such as Workshops Training Courses Expert Missions Advisory Services, Review Missions Peer Review Services and Training tools and networks. This will allow Member States to identify and request assistance at the most appropriate stage in their implementation of a nuclear power programme. The catalogue can be also used by the Member States expanding their nuclear power programmes. Completed
Organize and conduct the biennial meetings the Technical Working Group on Life Management of NPPs (TWGLMNPP) on regular basis. In progress
Organize and conduct the biennial meetings the Technical Working Group on Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation and Control (TWG-NPPIC) on regular basis. In progress
(Activity) To undertake SALTO Missions to review the current status of activities for the safe long term operation programmes performed at the plant based on related IAEA Safety Standards and guidance documents. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to update the OSART service to include the lesson learned from Fukushima. Completed
The OSART service has been enhanced to include priority topics of severe accident management as described in the response to the Action on Peer Reviews. The Secretariat has summarized the highlights of the OSART missions carried out from 2008 to April 2012 and has made the summary available on the Action Plan website. Completed
The common issues identified during these missions have been summarized in the OSART highlights for this period and include the topical areas of management, organization and administration, training and qualification, operations, maintenance, technical support, and emergency preparedness and response. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to continue to incorporate lessons learned into the OSART peer review service and disseminate them to Member States. In progress
Continue to incorporate lessons learned into the OSART peer review service and disseminate them to Member State. In progress
The Secretariat held an OSART workshop on severe accident management in September 2013, in the Russian Federation, attended by 30 participants from nine Member States. The purpose of the workshop was to exchange information from reviews of severe accident management arrangements obtained during OSART missions and evaluate effectiveness in this area. The participants exchanged information, lessons learned, recommendations, suggestions and good practices from their OSART missions and programs regarding severe accident management. They also advised the Secretariat how to improve the effectiveness of the OSART process and made several proposals to improve the OSART methodology and for the development of some supporting materials on severe accident management. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to develop a new Memorandum of Understanding with WANO. In progress
The Secretariat and the WANO held senior level meetings during 2011 and 2012 to discuss ways of improving the coordination of the relevant activities of both organizations and to facilitate the exchange of information arising from each other s activities, while respecting the confidentiality requirements of each organization. Completed
Both organizations (IAEA and WANO) plan to increase the frequency of their peer review missions. The Action Plan calls for minimum one OSART mission to each Member State with an operating nuclear power plant in the next three years, while WANO has decided to decrease the Peer Review cycle from 6 to 4 years. Increasing the frequency of peer reviews will serve to strengthen Member States operating organizations. The IAEA and WANO have agreed to improve the coordination of their respective peer review missions at nuclear power plants in order to avoid scheduling them too close together. IAEA and WANO will continue to share resources by providing a staff member as reviewer for each other s reviews. Completed
The Secretariat is making use of WANO s experience in nuclear safety operations by inviting a representative to attend meetings of the IAEA Nuclear Safety Standards Committee as an observer. In addition, there is closer cooperation between WANO and IAEA in their activities dealing with new utilities and operators in countries embarking on a nuclear power program. In progress
The Secretariat and WANO signed an MoU at the 56th Regular Session of the General Conference Completed
Organize workshop in cooperation with WANO on operating experience In progress
IAEA - WANO Conference on NPP maintenance with special emphasis on the involvement of maintenance organizations in emergency response taking into account the lessons learned from the Fukushima event. Completed
IAEA - WANO Coordination meeting Planned
(Activiy) IAEA Secretariat to identify other relevant stakeholders, such as Nuclear Owners Groups and Nuclear Vendors, with whom to strengthen cooperation and communication using practical arrangements and eventually through a Memorandum of Understandings. In progress
In order to enhance its communications with operating organizations, the Secretariat has signed practical arrangements (PAs) in October 2011 with the China Atomic Energy Authority on cooperation in the field of safe NPP construction with FORATOM in March 2012 for Energy Policy Integrated Management System, and the KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School (KINGS), Korea, in July 2012 in the area of education and training for human resource management. Completed
The Secretariat has also contacted other relevant stakeholders (the Research Institute of Nuclear Power Operation (RINPO) China, the State Nuclear Technology Power Corporation (SNTPC) China, the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI) Japan, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) USA and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) USA) with a view to signing similar PAs. Completed
In September 2012, the Secretariat and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA, signed a PA for Scientific and Technical Cooperation on Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Technologies Applied to the Operation and Decommissioning of NPPs. Completed
Identification of other relevant stakeholders, such as Nuclear Owners Group and Nuclear Vendors, with whom to strengthen cooperation and communication using practical arrangements. In progress
Information on national plans shared during breakout session and presentation during the Infrastructure workshop. Completed
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