Daily Course Evaluation
Overall and Administration Evaluation

Interregional Training Course: Integrated Management Systems and Development of the Safety Culture

Date: 22 October – 2 November 2018
Location: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Language: English

Application Deadline for Nominee(s) of Invited IAEA Member States: 3 August 2018


The purpose of this course is to help current or future owners/operators, regulators, and other relevant organizations 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 leadership, quality management and quality assurance in all the phases of developing a nuclear power plant (NPP).

Expected Outputs

Expected outputs include:

  • Improved ability to address the challenges and issues relating to building a management system and establishing an organizational 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

Scope and Nature

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

IAEA Milestones Approach for development of new nuclear power programmes
  • Understanding the processes to support the implementation of the activities in Phases 2 and 3 for regulatory body and for owner/operator organization, including exercises
Requirements of GSR Part 2 for regulatory body and owner/operator organization
  • Understanding and implementing GSR Part 2 requirements
  • Establishing monitoring and measuring process
  • 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 organizational culture for safety
  • Managing project interfaces and effective communication between interested parties
Differences between nuclear power project management and civil project management
  • Understanding the complexities of nuclear power project management

This course also will 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 management and quality assurance in nuclear power programmes and NPP project activities.

A visit to one NPP or to its training centre is tentatively planned, subject to confirmation.

Background Information

A number of countries are either embarking on a new nuclear power programme and building their first nuclear power plant or expanding existing programmes. Recent experience shows 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 power plants.

There is a need to provide a forum for exchange of ideas, information, best practices, lessons learned, etc., on establishing effective, safety-focused management systems for nuclear power plant projects among the various interested parties in a given region and the world at large. Such exchanges or sharing offer Member States opportunities to learn from others, to enhance their capabilities, and hence to foster better and more successful nuclear power programmes and NPP projects that result in safe, operating nuclear power plants.