International Project on Complementary Safety Reports: Development and Application to Waste Management Facilities
Work within the IAEA has been underway for a number of years to develop safety standards addressing the safety case and safety assessment for facilities and activities associated with the management of radioactive waste prior to disposal. This process has led to the realisation that the approach to such safety case and safety assessment is very similar in nature. As such the safety guide being developed, "Safety Guide for the Safety Case and Safety Assessment for Predisposal Management of Radioactive Waste" has been structured to cover all these facilities. Whilst there are many similarities, there are also significant differences and the guide emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the extent and complexity of the assessment is commensurate with the nature of the activity or facility and its attendant risk.
In 2010 the IAEA presented the draft safety guide DS284 "Safety Case and Safety Assessment for predisposal management of radioactive waste" to the 29th Meeting of the Waste Safety Standards Committee for approval. During discussions it was proposed that the use of the graded approach be illustrated through the development of supporting Safety Reports. Soon afterwards, the IAEA held the final meeting of the International Project Safety Assessment Driving Radioactive Waste Management Solutions (SADRWMS), during which it was agreed that the completion of complimentary safety reports illustrating the use and application of the SADRWMS methodology and tools would be a significant part of the follow up CRAFT project.
The objectives of the CRAFT project are:
- To apply the DS284 and SADRWMS methodology and Safety Assessment Framework (SAFRAN) tool to representative radioactive waste management facilities and activities (application cases):
- Application to radioactive waste management facilities and activities (Operators)
- Application for the regulatory review (Regulators)
- To oversee the development of complementary safety reports illustrating the application of methodology and tools developed within the SADRWMS Project
- To provide a forum for supporting the use and application of the methodology and tool for the safety case and safety assessment
- To share experiences and identify lessons learnt
The activities of the project are to be organised under three Working Groups (WGs).
The IAEA Secretariat will provide coordination for the project and among other tasks, organize an annual plenary Technical Meeting at which progress is reviewed; adjustments to the project plans and schedules are made; and working group activities are carried out. To date three annual plenary technical meetings were held. The first TM, chaired by Mr Chris Fisher of the United Kingdom, was held in May 2011, the second TM was held in June 2012, chaired by Mr Frederic Ledroit of France and the third TM held in June 2013, was chaired by Mr Chris Fisher of the United Kingdom.
Specific Technical Meetings of CRAFT Working Groups are organized to facilitate the coordination of the project activities, recommendations and development of the inputs to project reports.
The CRAFT project will be directed by a Steering Group (SG), which consists of the CRAFT chairperson(s), WG leaders, invited experts, and IAEA Secretariat. The SG is responsible for planning Technical Meetings and coordinating WG activities. The SG will meet annually, usually in conjunction with the annual plenary Technical Meeting.
Participation in the CRAFT project is open to all IAEA Member States.
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