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International Workshop on the Role of the Security Department during a Nuclear Safety Accident

02-04 Oct 2018 Aix en Provence, France
International Workshop on the Role of the Security Department during a Nuclear Safety Accident

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) are pleased to announce an International Best Practice Workshop on the role of the security department during a nuclear safety accident.

Objectives of the workshop

The primary objective of this workshop is to discuss the role and responsibilities of the Security Department in preparing for nuclear safety incidents, large industrial accidents,
natural catastrophes and other situations requiring the implementation of emergency procedures.

This event will provide security managers of nuclear facilities and other security stakeholders involved in incident and emergency management with an opportunity to share and discuss their experiences and lessons learned in responding to various situations that may occur at their facilities.

This workshop will focus on safety scenarios and will not explore security response plans established for mitigating sabotage or other malicious acts. Instead, It will review how safety and security response is coordinated and discuss good practices for effective integration.

Topics of discussion will range from immediateresponses by the Security Department to full coordination of the Security Department with other on-site departments and off-site organisations.

The workshop will aim at answering the following questions:

  1. What is the role of the security department in responding to nuclear accidents? For selected scenarios, what are the immediate and long-term actions of the security department?
  2. How can you develop an on-site response framework that effectively integrate safety and security requirements? Who has the lead and how is it decided?
  3. What is the process to coordinate on-site response procedures with off-site security agencies during an accident?
  4. What are the challenges related to maintaining effective nuclear security during an accident? What are the specific challenges of enforcing access control and egress procedures while maintaining physical nuclear security arrangements during actual or simulated emergency situations?
  5. What have we learnt from exercises and actual safety incidents in the nuclear sector? What planning and preparation can be done in advance to ensure effective response such as exercises and performance testing?
  6. What can we learn from other industries? How do we ensure the effective transfer of lessons learned?

Workshop Process

The workshop will be held in English. Participation will be limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to attend this event. Attendees will be expected to meet their own costs for travel and accommodation, but all workshop-related costs will be met by the organisers. No registration fee is required! In line with WINS’ innovative approach to Best Practice Workshops, this event will be interactive and professionally facilitated. The workshop will be built around a number of presentations from invited expert speakers and breakout sessions to further explore the topic and to listen to participants’ experiences and lessons learned.

The workshop will build on the discussions held during previous international events run by WINS. An instant Electronic Voting system will be used to allow participants to anonymously “vote” using keypads, providing their views on questions put to the workshop. Discussions will be subject to Chatham House rules (what was said can be reported, but not attributed).


The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the WINS publications related to the topics of integrating nuclear safety and nuclear security and of working with external stakeholders.

Site Visit

The workshop will include a visit of CEA site of Cadarache on 4th October 2018 and will offer an opportunity to meet staff in charge of emergency planning and visit selected facilities supporting the training of first responders and crisis management.

Access to the nuclear site of Cadarache is subject to clearance by the CEA and applicants willing to join the visit will have to provide personal data no later than 16th September 2018 as required by the CEA procedures.

Targeted Audience

  • Security managers
  • First responders and other emergency staff
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Regulatory authorities and other governmental agencies
  • Safety specialists and other risk managers

WINS is promoting gender diversity in its events and female participants are highly encouraged to apply to this workshop. As part of our Gender Champions programme, funding support for travel and WINS Academy participation is available for up to 5 female delegates.

Workshop Venue

Grand Hotel Roi René, 24 Boulevard du Roi René, 13100, Aix en Provence, France

We have reserved a block of rooms (Comfort) at the workshop venue at the rate of 173€ (single room) per night, breakfast and all taxes included. If you wish to benefit of this rate, please contact Ms. Anida Čeliković (anida.celikovic@wins.org)

For more information on this workshop, please contact pierre.legoux@wins.org.

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