Conference Proceedings Paper
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT AT NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITIES
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14
D. Papaz (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
The use of contractors to perform life cycle related activities (design, supply chain, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning) at nuclear waste facilities is frequently practiced, often for the complete life cycle. The primarily role of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) licensee in these cases is to ensure that all requirements, including regulatory requirements, are being met by the contractors. This is achieved through the development and effective implementation of the oversight processes integrated into the management system by the licensee which retains the overall responsibility for regulatory compliance. The regulator, the CNSC, also has the responsibility to ensure this is done effectively through focused oversight activities. CSA Group N286-12 Management System Requirements for Nuclear facilities, published in June 2012, provides requirements for the procurement of services and items for nuclear waste facilities. This standard also applies to contractors that perform life cycle activities; however, the top management of the organization remains accountable to ensure the requirements of the Standard are met and the activities completed safely. The CSA N286-12 standard consists of 12 key principles and associated generic requirements followed by specific sections for five different facility groups, including for radioactive waste management facilities. CNSC activities related to contractor management include conducting technical reviews of the customer or licensee management system documentation, observing the licensee’s activities related to oversight of contractors and indirectly assessing contractor’s processes and practices. Early CNSC engagement with contracting organizations embarking on life cycle activities for licensees or licence applications has proven effective from a regulatory perspective. This paper will further elaborate on CNSC expectations with respect to contractor management best practices within Canadian Nuclear Industry.
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