Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety

Location UK – register your interest

Date To be confirmed

Duration 1 day

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 33.75

Price IChemE member £2000 + VAT, non-member £2200 + VAT


Are you an early-career professional in the nuclear industry? Could you or a colleague benefit from a refresher in nuclear safety training? If so, you should probably attend our Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety course.

The Fundamentals of Nuclear Safety is an interactive course which will give you a comprehensive understanding of safety in the nuclear industry from engineering, management, operational, regulatory and theoretical perspectives. It will draw upon specific case studies and link various stages in safety analysis with the requirements of the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

"I thought the course was excellent and gave a really useful overview of the subjects which will be helpful to me in the future. I wish I'd done the course earlier in my career!”  2016 course attendee.

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.

Mapped against UK-SPEC competencies A, B and E: 

  • A. Knowledge and understanding

    • For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’.
    • For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’.
  • B. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products

    • For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’.
    • For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’.
  • E. Professional commitment

    • For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’.

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


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places — 5% discount
  • 3 places — 10% discount
  • 4 or more places — 15% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

In-company training

This course is also available as an in-company course (face-to-face or online) where content can be customised to meet your organisation's specific needs and delivered on a date/location that suits your requirements. Contact us for more information.

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Andy Trimble


Andy Trimble

Andy graduated in chemical engineering from Queen's University of Belfast. Following his Post-Doctoral Research at Sheffield University, he held various posts in the conventional chemicals manufacturing sector.

He then joined the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII). He has nearly 30 years’ experience in nuclear regulation including technical assessment, site inspection and support to a number of public inquiries. Latterly he headed an engineering assessment unit and developed corporate arrangements. Andy was the Nuclear Topic Leader for chemists, chemical engineers and internal hazards specialists in ONR.

Andy is now an independent nuclear safety consultant specialising in delivering safety training at graduate level and above.

Geoff Vaughan


Geoff Vaughan

Geoff has worked in various parts of the nuclear industry for nearly 45 years as a researcher (UKAEA), safety analyst and safety case development (UKAEA/NNC), safety regulator (NII/ONR) and university lecturer (UCLAN/NTEC). Over the years he has been involved with fast reactors, Magnox, AGR and LWR plants as well as all types of fuel cycle facilities and waste facilities. As a regulator, his roles have included assessment, site inspection and management of safety.

In the early 2000’s, Geoff project managed the production of what are now ONR’s Safety assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities (SAPs) and drafted the Technical Assessment Guides on Safety Case Content and the Determination of ALARP.

He has had a significant level of involvement with international nuclear safety, from assistance to the excommunist countries in the early nineties, through to supporting the development of regulatory bodies in newly embarking countries on behalf of the IAEA. Geoff represented the UK at the IAEA where he was a member, then chairman, of the Nuclear Safety Standards Committee: he was also a member of the Multi-Design Evaluation Group within NEA which considered new reactor designs in an international context.

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