Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety

Date From: 09 October 2017
Date To: 13 October 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: This interactive course provides an understanding of the theoretical, engineering, management, operational and regulatory basis of safety in the nuclear industry.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Preston, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534431
Contact Email: courses@icheme.org

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Overview

Are you involved in the design, operation, modification or maintenance of a nuclear facility? This course has been further developed and will help you better understand the hazards associated with the nuclear industry and how to control the associated risks. The course draws upon nuclear specific case studies and links the various stages in safety analysis with the requirements of the ONR safety cases.

Download the Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety training course leaflet.

Learning outcomes

  • understand the basic science and engineering principles underlying the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear reactors
  • understand the hazards of the nuclear industry and how the risks can be controlled
  • be aware of and understand the key factors influencing the basis for nuclear safety
  • understand the key nuclear safety requirements at each stage in the life cycle of a nuclear plant from conceptual design through to operation, maintenance and modification
  • understand the importance of safety culture and the consequences of poor nuclear safety
  • understand the ways in which their work depends on the knowledge and expertise of others (ie interdependency and the need for overall organisational nuclear safety management competence) and know how to acquire further knowledge and understanding of nuclear safety management
  • need for understanding of the safety case and how it should be the basis of decisions
  • importance of authority and accountability
  • metrics needed to demonstrate compliance 
  • understand the regulatory environment in which they operate

 

An end-of-course assessment will be included. Delegates who successfully complete the assessment will receive an IChemE pass certificate in the Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety.

Who will benefit

This course is primarily aimed at early-career professionals in the nuclear industry. It can also act as a refresher for more experienced practitioners as well as engineers and scientists in other disciplines wishing to enter the nuclear industry.

Course outline

Throughout the course extensive use will be made of a range of real life nuclear and high hazard industry case studies and group discussions.

Day 1

  • importance of safety management
  • model for process safety management
  • safety culture
  • regulatory framework

 

Day 2

  • basic reactor and fuel cycle technology
  • nuclear hazards
  • nuclear safety case purpose, content and role
  • hazard identification
  • risk assessment and cost benefit analysis
  • design basis accidents and operating rules
  • severe accident analysis and emergency response

 

Day 3

  • non-nuclear hazards and basic science
  • safety assessment principles
  • engineering safely including inherent and design safety
  • human factors

 

Day 4

  • management systems
  • operations
  • management of change
  • performance measures and learning from accidents
  • maintenance and asset integrity
  • course review

 

Day 5

  • multi-stage case study
  • assessment

 

Download a PDF of the course outline

Fees

IChemE member - £1725 + VAT

Non-member - £1920 + VAT

Course presenters

Bob Skelton, MA CEng, FIChemE, FINucI, MIMechE

Bob is a Fellow of Magdalene College, director of studies and part time lecturer in nuclear engineering at the University of Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge Bob has had over thirty years’ experience with a major international contracting company, much of it in the nuclear field.

Andy Trimble, BSc, PhD, FIChemE

Andy was is a retired HM superintending inspector of nuclear installations and visiting lecturer in nuclear safety at the University of Lancaster and UCLAN.

Geoff Gill, BSc, MSc
Geoff is a former safety director of a major UK nuclear facility and member of the UK Nuclear Safety Directors Forum. He is a member of IChemE’s Loss Prevention Bulletin Panel.


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