UPDATE: IAEA to Host Experts' Meeting on Human and Organizational Factors in Nuclear Safety - TIME CHANGE
23 May 2013 (Updated)
23 May 2013 (Updated)| The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will host an International Experts' Meeting (IEM) on Human and Organizational Factors in Nuclear Safety in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from 21 to 24 May 2013. This is part of a series of expert meetings held in connection with the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, endorsed by the Agency's General Conference in September 2011.
The IEM will offer a forum to share knowledge and experience concerning human and organizational aspects of nuclear safety - in particular, the interactions between individuals, technology and organizations - as well as to identify lessons learned and best practices.
The meeting will feature a closing news briefing on 24 May at about 11:00 (previously scheduled for 12:00) in Room M3 of the Vienna International Centre. The briefing will feature IEM Chairperson, Marta Ziakova, Chairperson of the Slovak Nuclear Regulatory Authority, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security, Denis Flory, and IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, Alexander Bychkov.
Among other goals, the IEM aims to:
- Identify ways to strengthen human and organizational aspects of nuclear safety in operating and regulatory organizations;
- Analyse best practices developed from previous nuclear events; and
- Exchange information on the interactions between individuals, technology and organizations and their influence on nuclear safety.
The IEM background, objectives, topics, format and other organizational details are described on the IAEA Website.
In addition to the closing news briefing, the meeting will offer a 10-minute photo opportunity at the start of the opening session on 21 May at 13:00 in Room M3 of the Vienna International Centre.
The remainder of the meeting will be closed to journalists.
Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna. All others must seek accreditation by contacting the IAEA Press Office; tel: [43-1] 2600-21273.
Background on Nuclear Action Safety Plan
The IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan defines a programme of work to strengthen the nuclear safety framework worldwide in light of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. The Action Plan was unanimously endorsed by the Agency's Member States at the General Conference in September 2011. One of the Plan's 12 main actions is "Protection of people and the environment from ionizing radiation."
Reports from 2012 IEMs:
- IAEA Report on Reactor and Spent Fuel Safety in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
- IAEA Report on Enhancing Transparency and Communication Effectiveness in Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency
- IAEA Report on Protection Against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant