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Complementary Safety Reports: Development and Application to Waste Management Facilities (CRAFT)

The Complementary Safety Reports: Development and Application to Waste Management Facilities project (CRAFT), conducted from 2011 to 2014, supported the development of safety cases and safety assessments for predisposal management of radioactive waste.

The management of radioactive waste before disposal requires planned and systematic actions to ensure that people and the environment are protected from any harmful effects of such waste. Operators of facilities involved in the handling, pre-treatment, treatment, conditioning and storage of radioactive waste need to develop a safety case and supporting safety assessments.

The IAEA safety standard titled the Safety Case and Safety Assessment for Predisposal Management of Radioactive Waste (IAEA Safety Guide No. GSG-3) provides guidance for all types of radioactive waste management facilities and activities, as well as for the different types of hazards associated with them.

The CRAFT project was conducted from 2011 to 2014 to assist Member States in the application of GSG-3.

It did so by

  • Applying the GSG-3 methodology to representative predisposal radioactive waste management facilities and activities;
  • Developing complementary reports that illustrate the application of GSG-3;
  • Providing a forum for the sharing of experiences and identifying of lessons learned.

A technical document that will guide users in developing an initial framework to demonstrate safety in the predisposal management of radioactive waste is being developed as a result of the project. The document will complement GSG-3 and support application of the methodology for safety assessment provided in the Safety Assessment software tool (SAFRAN), which was developed as part of an IAEA-led international project that concluded in 2010.

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