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10/04/2012

Lessons learned from events reported in 2009 and 2010 in laboratories, plants, facilities being dismantled, waste processing, interim storage and disposal facilities

To promote the dissemination of lessons learned from events occuring at very different kinds of facilities, IRSN has carried out a transversal analysis of the events occurred in 2009 and 2010 in civil basic nuclear installations (BNI) falling under the category "Laboratories, plants, facilities being dismantled, waste processing or interim storage facilities or disposal facilities" (LUDD). This analysis is a continuation of the one conducted in 2009, which covered the period from the years 2005 to 2008. It presents the general lessons learned and especially the main developments over the past two years, whatever it is: improvements, areas for improvement and points to watch.

The analysis showed improvements on some issues important to safety although the efficiency in time has to be checked. Points of care were identified regarding particular risks such as internal contamination of workers by injury, especially during cleanup or decommissioning operations. Finally, with regard to organizational and human aspects that remain prominent in the events reported to the ASN, efforts by the operators need to be continued. 

Download the report "Safety of laboratories, plants, facilities being dismantled, waste processing, interim storage and disposal facilities: Lessons learned from events reported in 2009 and 2010" (PDF File)

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