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Interregional Training Course on Integrated Management Systems and Developing of the Safety Culture

15 – 26 August 2016

Deadline for Nominations: 31 May 2016


The purpose of the training course is to help current or future owners/operators, regulators, and other relevant organisations establish management systems consistent with IAEA standards. The course should help Member States embarking on or expanding a nuclear energy programme develop, implement, assess and continually improve management systems that incorporate international best practices, enhance safety, and improve quality management and quality assurance in all the phases of developing a nuclear power plant.

Expected Output(s)

The expected outputs of the training course are:

  • Improved ability to address the challenges and issues relating to building a management system and establishing a safety culture in a nuclear power programme (NPP).
  • Enhanced understanding of management system design and implementation for NPP project management to enhance safety.
  • Better knowledge of integrated management system options as well as the Milestones approach for introducing nuclear power.
  • Course participants with greater knowledge and comprehension of what safety-focused management systems are, their value and importance, and how they function or operate in the real world.
  • Feedback to help the Agency improve the guidance it provides through its publications and other services to Member States.
  • Enhanced networking opportunities among participants.

Scope and Nature

The training course will consist of lectures, presentations, discussions and practical implementation exercises in work groups organized along the following themes:

  • Basic processes for nuclear power programme management and the role of management systems
  • Using the Milestones approach to develop the national infrastructure for nuclear power
  • Principles of project management and key success factors
  • The roles and responsibilities of senior management and other stakeholders or interested parties

  • Establishing a management system
    • The benefits of management systems
    • Establishing or identifying management system requirements for the different phases of the developing a national infrastructure for nuclear power
    • Integration of requirements; including managing codes, standards and regulatory requirements, including licences (authorizations and permits), and matters relating to safeguards and physical protection
    • Using a graded approach

  • Leadership and organisational culture
    • Management commitment
    • Roles, functions and competencies of leaders and managers
    • Identifying and resolving issues before construction starts
    • Using the management system to establish, support and promote a strong safety culture throughout all the phases of a nuclear power plant project

  • Stakeholder communication and management
    • Internal and external project communications
    • Interface with regulatory bodies and local authorities
    • Maintaining contractual communications
    • Using the management system to assure effective interface arrangements between interested parties

  • Resource management
    • Managing long, global, supply chains
    • Human resource management and workforce planning for NPP construction
    • Human performance improvement
    • Providing a safe working environment
    • Knowledge management for the design and construction of a NPP fleet
    • Using equipment, work and material resource optimization (MRO), document, design change and materials/supply chain information systems to assure quality in NPP projects

  • Process management
    • Building quality into NPP project processes
    • Effective process management – challenges and solutions or best practices
    • Establishing robust procurement processes, including:
      • Establishing procurement criteria
      • Procurement planning
      • Supplier qualification and selection (See also: Monitoring, Measurement, Assessment and Improvement)
      • Bidding and bid evaluation
      • Contracting
      • Contract monitoring and enforcement
      • Expediting of equipment and materials
      • Handling of warranty claims.
    • Using the management system to assure robust equipment and component manufacturing processes
    • Using the management system to assure robust plant construction, erection and installation processes

  • Monitoring, Measurement, Assessment and Improvement
    • Using the management system to monitor, measure, assess and improve the organisation, its processes, work and outcomes during all the phases of NPP projects, including:
    • Supervising the administration and execution of contracts
    • Supervising component manufacturing
    • Ensuring control and proper construction supervision at the plant site
    • Evaluating main contractor or subcontractors claims
    • Verifying compliance of design and manufacture with the established project requirements
    • Assessing the effectiveness of the equipment qualification programme
    • Establishing and using performance indicators for NPP projects
    • Conducting self-assessments, independent assessments, and management system reviews
    • Using the management system to learn lessons and improve safety and performance


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