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Workshop on Ensuring the Resilience and Sustainability of Radioactive Source Security

13-Feb-2019 - 14-Dec-2019 Vienna, Austria
Workshop on autonomous and remotely operated systems: Benefits and challenges to nuclear security

Background

In the last few years, many States have markedly increased the security of their radioactive sources. Multiple factors have contributed to this progress. For example, most of these States are fully aware of the consequences that could result from a malicious use of sources; therefore, they have issued and enforced regulatory requirements for the security of their sources. These regulations, based on the international recommendations and guidance published by the IAEA, have provided a framework to permit effective regulatory oversight of security for radioactive materials, greatly enhancing the possibility that these systems will be sustained. In addition, the international community, through bilateral and multilateral efforts, has directly supported many States to strengthen their regulatory framework and enhance security provisions implemented for sources in use, storage or transport.

Although such efforts and initiatives have greatly increased source security in many States, it is now essential to demonstrate the resilience and sustainability of these arrangements over a period of years. Fundamentally, sustainability requires the proper management of sources throughout their lifecycle—from the moment the sources are being produced and the security systems that protect them are being designed to proper disposal at the end of their lifecycle. To increase resilience, strict control over the sources in use must be enforced, a strong security culture must be fostered, and careful planning and exercising must take place to ensure the response is as effective as possible if an event occurs. And of course, a strong legislative and regulatory framework, security regulations, and incentives to adopt alternative technologies whenever feasible play a fundamental role.

Radioactive source security sustainability and resilience requires close communication and cooperation among a wide range of stakeholders, including regulators, licensees, law enforcement, security vendors, education and training organisations and international agencies.

Objectives

The primary objective of the workshop was to identify and discuss the criteria and parameters at the state level that promote and demonstrate sustainable security of radioactive sources. Workshop discussions built on the best practices countries have adopted to ensure sustainable and resilient radiological security arrangements. To accomplish this objective, participants were encouraged to:

  1. Define and discuss what is meant by resilient and sustainable radiological security;
  2. Review the key elements and prerequisites for creating a comprehensive radiological security framework;
  3. Identify criteria demonstrating that an effective and sustainable national framework for the security of radioactive sources has been achieved;
  4. Discuss how regulators can promote site-level effectiveness and sustainability through regulations, inspections, and coordination with response agencies;
  5. Identify practical tools for assessing the performance of security systems and procedures;
  6. Identify training opportunities to improve the competency of staff;
  7. Share best practices for effective engagement of law enforcement agencies and response to incidents involving sources;
  8. Explore options to permanently reduce the risk (i.e. replacement or disposition);
  9. Develop a common understanding of what an effective security culture looks like and how it can mitigate threats; and
  10. Identify common sustainability challenges and share practical solutions.
The workshop also gave participants the opportunity to reflect on what still needs to be done and to share their experiences, perspectives and lessons learned.

Audience

Mid- to senior-level staff from European regulatory bodies and interior ministries.

Process

Facilitated Workshop

This interactive, professionally facilitated workshop was held in English. Its format incorporated several presentations from experts with hands-on group discussions that enabled participants to further explore the topics.
An Instant Electronic Voting system was used that allowed participants to use keypads to anonymously share their views on questions put to the workshop. Discussions were be subject to Chatham House rules (what is said can be reported but not attributed).

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Contact Information

Raquel Delgado   Raquel Delgado
Programme Manager
+43 1 710 6519 10
raquel.delgado@wins.org

Anida Čeliković   Anida Čeliković
Membership Manager and Project Support
+43 1 710 6519 10
anida.celikovic@wins.org

Key Information

•   Event Announcement

  

•   Event Agenda

  

•   Session slides

  

•   Event Report

  

Presentations

•   Regional Workshop on Ensuring the Resilience and Sustainability of Radioactive Source Security - Raquel Delgado

    

•   Key Elements for Creating a Sustainable Radiological Security Framework - Miroslav Gregoric

    

•   IAEA Nuclear Security Series Guidance for Establishing Regulatory Requirements - David Ek

    

•   Development and Enactment of Adequate Security Regulations: National Nuclear Security Regulatory Framework - Sorin Repanovici

    

•   The role of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority in the field of radioactive source security - Armand Viplak

    

•   Challenges and Risks Associated with the Transport of Radioactive Sources - Bob Officer

    

•   CBRN Institutional System in Poland - Michal Horoszko

    

•   Alarm Response Training:?Strengthening Site and Law Enforcement Relationships - Daniel Romano

    

•   Building Competence - Rhonda Evans

    

•   Exploring the Role of Alternative Technologies to Reduce the Risks and Liabilities Posed by High Activity Sources - Valeriia Starovoitova

    

•   ORS Alternative Technologies Program - Cristen Ford

    

•   Compare Yourself to Others: Reporting and Benchmarking - Stig Isaksson

    

Speakers

Venues

Wolke 21 in Saturn Tower
Leonard-Bernstein-Strasse 10
1220 Vienna
Austria

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