Management systems for nuclear facilities

An effective and sustainable management system at a nuclear facility integrates such issues as safety, security, safeguards, health and quality, to ensure that strategic decision making does not take place in isolation.

Any nuclear facility needs a sustainable management system to make sure that matters of importance are not dealt with in isolation of other issues in the decision making process. Integrating all relevant issues, ranging from safety, security and safeguards to health and economic and environmental questions, leads to well-informed and balanced decisions.

In the same manner, a good management system makes it possible that all parts and employees of the organization receive balanced guidance that enables the organization to work towards its mission, vision and objectives. This means that no separate side organizations will be formed and that for instance safety issues receive high importance in decision making.

The IAEA’s support for its Member States includes the safe handling of radioactive sources and technical services in radiation safety. As part of this, the Agency holds workshops and training sessions, and organizes expert missions. Special attention is paid to supporting countries embarking on a new nuclear power programme or expanding an existing one.

The IAEA Safety Standards establish requirements and give guidance for applying a management system for facilities and activities. They address the different life cycle phases of a nuclear facility from design through operation to decommissioning and waste management. Training on management systems is available through the e-learning web page or can be downloaded from the IAEA Open Learning Management System CLP4NET.

The IAEA's Management System Network of Excellence facilitates and strengthens cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and experience on management systems and safety culture in the nuclear industry. The network can be accessed through CONNECT, a password protected, members only, web-based collaboration platform hosted by the IAEA on behalf of its Member States. It helps increase the participation of individuals and organizations involved in those networks, and makes additional sources of information available, complementing existing training workshops and meetings.

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