The importance of implementing and performance of the management system (MS) in the nuclear entities was discussed in the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety.
“The management system for safety” was the title of a lecture developed by SSTC NRS head of laboratory in the process management department Andrii Kovalchuk and presented to representatives of the Center and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.
The implementation and performance of the management system to ensure nuclear and radiation safety in Ukraine is determined and regulated by the national legislation and SNRIU requirements taking into account documents of the international organizations, in particular the IAEA, WENRA.
The concepts of the “management system”, “leadership”, “safety culture”, the main stages in establishing the requirements and approaches to MS development, the main national and international requirements for the management systems and its components, the examples of leadership demonstration to ensure safety, as well as the key attributes of a strong safety culture were considered during the lecture. The lecturer familiarized the audience based on real examples with the approaches and examples of applying the requirements of the national and international regulations for the management systems at nuclear entities.
In particular, it was noted that the compliance with the safety requirements is of highest priority, and the management system should comply with the following principles: the priority of safety requirements over economic, technical, scientific and other objectives; continuous and systematic checking of compliance with the safety requirements; planning, management and oversight of activities affecting safety under normal and emergency conditions, as well as in transients; implementation and support of the safety and security culture; establishing personal responsibility of the top management for priority allocation of resources required to meet the safety requirements; prevention of inconsistencies with the safety requirements due to a continuous analysis of their activities and corrective and preventive measures.
Safety in the activities of nuclear entities should be of highest priority, even over the production interests, if necessary. The management system for safety should promote and be the only basis for the activities and processes required to aim all efforts at achieving the objectives and fulfilling the safety requirements. The management system in synergy with leadership and relevant culture are the essential tools strengthening the importance and contributing to the achievement of safety objectives and compliance with the safety requirements”, Andrii Kovalchuk noted.