atw 2018-03v6


atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March



“The team has recognised the progress

made by the regulatory body

since the 2013 review,” said David

Senior, head of the IAEA’s Regulatory

Activities Section. “The mission found

that the regulatory body has addressed

the findings from the initial

review, demonstrating a commitment

to continuous improvement of the

regulatory framework against IAEA

safety standards.”

The 12-member IRRS team comprised

experts from Canada, Finland,

France, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands,

the United Kingdom and the

United States of America as well as

four IAEA staff members.

The final mission report will be

provided to the Government in about

three months. Belgium plans to make

it public.

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First‐of‐its‐kind nuclear safety

culture forum puts the

spotlight on national context

(nea) The influence of national context

on nuclear safety culture was the

focus of the country‐specific forum

held on 23‐24 January 2018 by the

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in

Stockholm, Sweden, in co‐operation

with the World Association of Nuclear

Operators (WANO) and the Swedish

Radiation Safety Authority (SSM).

The purpose of this forum was to

create awareness on potential safety

culture challenges related to national

context, with the objective of helping

organisations maintain a healthy

safety culture for safe operations of

nuclear installations and for effective

regulatory activities. The event

brought together over 60 experts from

the Swedish nuclear community and

international observers from France,

Finland, Japan, Korea, South Africa

and the United States, representing

the industry and regulatory organisations.

Opening remarks were delivered

by NEA Director‐General William D.

Magwood, IV, SSM Director General

Mats Persson and WANO Chief

Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Prozesky.

Participants, then, spent one and

a half days self‐reflecting upon their

national cultural attributes in relation

to safety culture. They held focus

group discussions, analysed data and

identified traits relevant to their

national context that may strengthen

or jeopardise safety. Through interactive

roleplay, they explored how

their national context may affect

nuclear safety‐relevant behaviours.

In plenary sessions, the participants

shared ways and approaches to work

with the national context in order to

improve or maintain healthy safety


“The fundamental objective of all

nuclear regulatory bodies is to ensure

that nuclear licensees conduct their

activities related to the peaceful use

of nuclear energy in a safe manner

within their respective countries,”

said NEA Director‐General Magwood.

“National influences on nuclear power

plant operations and safety culture

should also be considered in fostering

and enhancing nuclear safety. Every

country has to find how best to leverage

its national context in order to

build and maintain a healthy safety


“We have to consider the national

context, as it has good impacts on

nuclear safety culture while also

presenting some challenges,” added

SSM Deputy Director General Fredrik


WANO CEO Prozesky said, “We are

pleased to work together with the

NEA to explore different ways to

enhance global nuclear safety, particularly

in the area of nuclear safety


“The NEA has worked in recent

years to advance the human aspects of

nuclear safety,” said Mr Magwood.

“We have been working with our

membership, other international

organisations and partners like WANO

to make sure that we’re taking the

right actions to enhance nuclear safety


A summary report of the forum

and its outcomes is in preparation and

will be provided online to serve as

reference point and training tool on

safety culture. It will analyse national

influences on safety culture, identify

country‐specific traits and practical

methods to address challenges, and

propose a roadmap to solutions.

CTBTO: Ground-breaking

ceremony for the permanent

Equipment, Storage &

Maintenance Facility (ESMF)

(ctbto) On 25 January CTBTO held a

ground-breaking ceremony for its new

permanent Equipment, Storage and

Maintenance Facility (ESMF) in

Seibersdorf, Lower Austria. The

Facility will be primarily used as a

storage and maintenance facility for

the equipment of the On-Site

Inspections Division, but will also

benefit the Organization as a whole

with state-of-the-art training facilities,

a media centre and more.

The decision to build a permanent

facility at Seibersdorf is a significant

event for the CTBTO as it will contribute

to the further development of the

monitoring and verification system of

the Treaty, making the work of the

Organization even more visible and

attesting to the fact that it is already

capable of operating to its mandate.

Among the participants of the

ceremony were Michael Linhart,

Vice-Minister & Secretary-General of

the Federal Ministry for Europe,

Integration and Foreign Affairs of the

Republic of Austria, Ambassador

Maria Assunta Accili Sabbatini,

Permanent Representative of the

Republic of Italy and the Chairperson

of the CTBTO PrepCom, Dr. Hannes

Androsch, Chairman of the Supervisory

Board of the Austrian Institute

for Technology (AIT), Gerhard Karner,

Second President of the State

Parliament of Lower Austria, Franz

Ehrenhofer, Mayor of Seibersdorf, as

well as permanent representatives to

the International Organizations in


The symbolic ground-breaking was

only the first small step in the construction

process, as shortly the

construction team will have to dig 150

meters deeper into the ground before

| | Groundbreaking Ceremony of CTBTO’s permanent ESMF Facility in Seibersdorf, Austria 25 January 2018.

Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream


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