Operational safety review, Torness nuclear power station, 2018: independent report and government response. The IAEA Operational Safety Review Team (OSART), an independent team of industry experts, led a mission to review the operational safety at Torness nuclear power station from 22 January to 8 February 2018. This OSART report includes operational safety recommendations and highlights good practices found at Torness, for consideration by the relevant UK authorities and EDF Energy. The government has published a response to the report.
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The managers of the Torness nuclear power plant in the UK are committed to improving the operational safety and reliability of the two-unit plant, a team of international experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. An IAEA Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) visited the Torness plant on the east coast of Scotland from 22 January to 8 February this year at the request of the UK government. The 16-member team comprised experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and the USA, as well as IAEA staff members. OSART missions aim to improve operational safety by objectively assessing safety performance using the IAEA’s Safety Standards and proposing recommendations for improvement where appropriate. Follow-up missions are standard components of the OSART programme and are typically conducted within two years of the initial mission. The mission to Torness was the IAEA’s 199th OSART mission since the reviews started in 1982. The OSART mission to Torness reviewed 12 areas: leadership and management for safety; training and qualification; operations; maintenance; technical support; operating experience feedback; radiation protection; chemistry; emergency preparedness and response; accident management; human, technology and organisational interaction; and, long-term operation. In its report – which has now been made publicly available – the team said: “Throughout the review, the exchange of information between the OSART experts and plant personnel was very open, professional and productive. Emphasis was placed on assessing the effectiveness of operational safety rather than simply the content of programmes.”
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