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Interregional Training Course on Management Systems and Development of Organizational Culture for Safety

Date: 14 – 25 August 2017
Location: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Language: English

Deadline for Nominations of Invited IAEA Member States: 19 May 2017


The purpose of the training course is to help current and 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 Outputs

The expected outputs of the training course are:

  • Improved ability to address the challenges and issues relating to building a management system and establishing an organisational culture for safety in a nuclear power programme
  • Enhanced understanding of the design and implementation of management systems related to nuclear power programmes
  • Better understanding of IAEA guidance and services related to development of nuclear power programmes
  • Enhanced networking opportunities among participants

Course Summary

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

  • IAEA Milestones Approach for the development of new nuclear power programmes
  • Main activities of regulatory body and owner/operator organization in Phases 2 and 3
    • Understanding the core processes to support the implementation of the activities in Phase 2 and 3 for regulatory body, including the following possible exercises:
      • Exercise on developing a process for preparing and issuing regulations
      • Exercise on licensing steps and corresponding safety documentation
    • Understanding the core processes to support the implementation of the activities in Phase 2 and 3 for owner/operator organisation, including the following possible exercises:
      • Exercise on developing a process to assess a bid or negotiate a contract
      • Exercise on developing a process to recruit qualified staff
      • Exercise on developing the training process for competencies of managers for commissioning and future operation of NPP
  • Requirements of GSR Part 2 for regulatory body and owner/operator organization
  • Understanding and implementing GSR Part 2 requirements
  • Establishing, monitoring and measuring processes
  • Developing effective corrective action process management
  • Conducting self-assessments, independent assessments and management system reviews
  • Establishing a document management and control system
  • Developing leadership and an organisational culture for safety
  • Managing project interfaces and effective communication between interested parties
  • Differences between nuclear power project management and civil project management
  • Understating the complexities of nuclear power project management
  • Understanding the implementation and use of GS-R-Part2 and ISO 9001(2016) during the construction phase

The training course will also discuss opportunities for participants to network and continue sharing information and good practices beyond the training event, as well as other potential future follow-up tasks and coordinated activities relating to management systems and improving quality managementand quality assurance in nuclear power programmes and NPP project activities.

As ANL is located near several NPPs, a visit to a NPP may be held (pending formal authorization) and some structured discussions with the managers of these plants may be organized.

Background Information

Many countries around the world are either embarking on a new nuclear power programme and building their first nuclear power plants or expanding existing program1nes. In spite of recent events in Fukushima, it is anticipated that there will be a number of new nuclear power plants constructed around the world. Recent experience shows that successfully managing nuclear power plant projects is a very challenging task, even for countries with existing nuclear power programmes and previous experience constructing and operating nuclear plants.

There is an outstanding need to profide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, best practices, lessons learned, etc., on establishing effective, safety-focused management systems for nuclear power plant projects among interested regional participants and global players. Such exchanges offer Member States the opportunity to learn from the experience of others and enhance their capabilities, fostering better and more successful nuclear power programmes and NPP projects that produce safe, functional nuclear power generating capacity.

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