This is the first edition of CSA N1600, General requirements for nuclear emergency management programs.
This Standard provides requirements for a comprehensive nuclear emergency management (EM) program embracing the EM components (prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) in keeping with international EM practice, with a predominant focus on preparedness, response, and recovery. It establishes the elements of a continuous improvement process to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate the EM functions of nuclear facilities and their surrounding communities.
Users of this Standard are reminded that the site selection, design, manufacture, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear facilities in Canada are subject to the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its Regulations. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission might impose additional requirements to those specified in this Standard.
The CSA N-Series Standards provide an interlinked set of requirements for the management of nuclear facilities and activities. The CSA N286 Standard provides overall direction to management to develop and implement sound management practices and controls, while the other CSA nuclear Standards provide technical requirements and guidance that support the management system. This Standard works in harmony with CSA N286 and does not duplicate the generic requirements of CSA N286; however, it might provide more specific direction for those requirements.
Note: Words that appear in bold throughout the Standard (with the exception of clause titles) are defined in Clause 3, Definitions.
This Standard establishes criteria for the emergency management programs of on- and off-site organizations to address nuclear emergencies at Canadian nuclear power plants (NPPs). The approach taken is aimed at the protection of health and safety, property, and the environment from nuclear emergencies through a risk-based program of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery (see Clause 0.3). This Standard reflects the convergence seen over the past several years of public and private sector emergency management efforts.
This Standard has been developed to help organizations that might be involved in or affected by a potential nuclear emergency to establish and implement a nuclear emergency management program (NEMP) that is appropriate to its needs. These needs could be shaped by legal, regulatory, organizational, and industry requirements, the products and services, the processes employed, the size and structure of the organization, and the needs and requirements of its stakeholders.
To facilitate its use and adoption, this Standard is aligned with the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle (see Clause 0.2) referred to in other standards as a continual improvement model. This supports consistent and integrated implementation and operation within and between organizations' management systems. This Standard also supports the components of emergency management (see Clause 0.3) developed by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments in their document An Emergency Management Framework for Canada (Public Safety Canada), which not only establishes a common approach for the various emergency management initiatives but also enables consolidation of collaborative work and ensures more coherent, complementary actions among the different stakeholders.
This Standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, regardless of whether or not a formal management system is in place.
0.2 Plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle
As indicated in Clause 0.1, this Standard is aligned with the PDCA cycle (see Annex A, Figure A.1).
The first phase of the PDCA cycle is the plan phase. During this phase, a plan is developed. In this Standard, the plan phase is reflected in Clause 4, Nuclear emergency management program, specifically Clause 4.2, Planning basis, Clause 4.4, Program management, Clause 4.5, Nuclear emergency response plan, and Clause 4.6, Nuclear emergency recovery plan.
The second phase of the PDCA cycle is the do phase. In this phase, the plan is carried out. In this Standard, the do phase is reflected in Clause 4.7, Training, Clause 4.8, Facilities and equipment, Clause 4.9, Public awareness and education building, Clause 4.10, Exercises, Clause 5, Response, and Clause 6, Recovery.
The third phase of the PDCA cycle is the check phase. In this phase, a review takes place of what was intended and what was observed in the previous step (the do phase). It is focused on measuring effectiveness and analyzing for improvement. In this Standard, the check phase is covered in Clause 4.10, Exercises, and Clause 7, NEMP evaluation, audit, and review.
In the last phase of the PDCA cycle, act, action is taken on the causal system to effect the desired change. It is focused on fully implementing the improved solution. In this Standard, the act phase is addressed in Clause 7.3, NEMP review, and Clause 8, Management oversight.
0.3 Components of emergency management
Note: See Annex A, Figure A.2, for examples on how PDCA relates to the emergency management components.
0.3.1 Prevention and mitigation
Preventing nuclear emergencies from occurring at Canadian NPPs is the responsibility of the NPP operators. Through the authority of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the CNSC regulates the Canadian nuclear industry in order to prevent unreasonable risk to the environment, the health and safety of persons, and national security.
In addition to the regulatory requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CSA nuclear standards promote the safe and reliable operation of the nuclear power industry in Canada, and subsequently support the prevention of nuclear emergencies. This includes, but is not limited to, CSA nuclear standards addressing requirements for systems, structures, and components (SSCs); periodic and inservice inspections; fire protection; and environmental qualification. CSA nuclear standards capture leading practices for industry, document operating experience in order to capture and transfer knowledge, benchmark and harmonize with internationally accepted requirements and practices, and are frequently referenced in Licence and Licence Condition Handbooks of NPPs across Canada.
Given this comprehensive approach to the prevention of nuclear emergencies in Canada, prevention is not addressed in depth in this Standard because it is addressed through the requirements of the AHJ.
1) Prevention is defined as actions taken to ensure that a nuclear emergency does not occur in the first place, or to reduce its likelihood of occurring.
2) A prevention strategy refers to measures taken by an organization which aim to prevent a nuclear emergency from occurring or completely avoiding the impacts of such a nuclear emergency.
3) Examples of prevention measures include
a) design of systems, operations, and infrastructure
b) location of systems, operations, and infrastructure
c) use of appropriate materials, systems, operations, and infrastructure
d) institution of controls
e) institution of protection and security measures such as controlled access, quarantine, permits, and clearances
On-site mitigation of nuclear emergencies is the responsibility of the NPP operators. Off-site mitigation of nuclear emergencies tends to be driven by local authorities, and may comprise structural measures (e.g., dykes, building reinforcements, etc.) or non-structural measures (e.g., land use planning and building codes, public awareness, etc.). It is worth noting that Public Safety Canada's National Disaster Mitigation Strategy (NDMS) promotes mitigation as an important component of a robust emergency management framework.
The NDMS also emphasizes that it is important for all stakeholders to commit to working together to support mitigation activities in Canada. The development of this Standard is a reflection of this commitment and one avenue through which the integration of nuclear emergency mitigation strategies can occur. Mitigation is directly touched upon in Clauses 4.1.1 and 126.96.36.199 of this Standard. It is important to note that mitigation is not addressed in depth in this Standard.
Examples of mitigation strategies include
a) recognizing, removing, or reducing the potential consequence of the hazard
b) integrating risk mitigation strategies into the design of program initiatives for those assumptions with the highest risk rating
c) integrating continuity management strategies into the design of the program such as duplicating or reallocating resources to deal with these strategies
d) establishing hazard warning and communications systems
e) protecting proprietary information and vital records
f) providing protective systems to safeguard information technology
g) adopting current building and appropriate land-use practices
Preparedness is defined as actions taken prior to a nuclear emergency to be ready to respond to it and manage its consequences (Public Works and Government Services Canada, Emergency Management Vocabulary). Preparedness for nuclear emergencies is a multi-jurisdictional responsibility that is shared by NPPs and all levels of government in Canada (i.e., federal government, provincial or territorial governments, and local governments). This is reflected in the number, variety, and integration of plans at all levels (see Annex B).
Nuclear emergency preparedness is addressed in Clause 4, Nuclear emergency management program, and includes the following:
a) development of nuclear emergency response and recovery plans (see Clauses 4.5 and 4.6)
b) training workers who would be engaged in response/recovery efforts (see Clause 4.7)
c) testing of emergency response/recovery equipment (see Clause 4.8)
d) public awareness and education (see Clause 4.9)
e) exercising the implementation of emergency plans (see Clause 4.10)
Response is defined as actions taken during a nuclear emergency to reduce the magnitude of the hazard and manage its consequences, including the impact of the hazard on people, property, and the environment. Response actions include, but are not limited to, emergency public communication, search and rescue, emergency medical assistance, and shelter-in-place or evacuation to minimize suffering and losses associated with nuclear emergencies. In addition, nuclear emergency response planning, training, and exercising often occur as part of the preparedness efforts. Nuclear emergency response planning (including development, validation, and maintenance) is therefore addressed in Clause 4.5, Nuclear emergency response plan, and the active response phase requirements (including plan activation, needs assessment, plan deviation, response termination) are defined in Clause 5, Response.
Recovery can be defined as the short-term and long-term actions taken in order to restore, to an acceptable level, both the organizations involved in, and the communities affected by, the nuclear emergency and its associated response activities. The level of restoration would typically be determined by the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), in consultation with the stakeholders affected by the nuclear emergency. Note that there is a strong relationship between long-term sustainable recovery and prevention and mitigation of future nuclear emergencies. Consequently, recovery efforts should be conducted with a view towards risk reduction. Examples of recovery efforts include, but are not limited to, environmental monitoring and remediation, containment and disposal of contaminants, psychological and psychosocial support, reconstruction, economic recovery, financial assistance, and long-term medical follow-up.
The implementation of mitigation strategies can occur in parallel with recovery functions. In addition, nuclear emergency recovery planning, training, and exercising could occur as part of the preparedness efforts. Nuclear emergency recovery planning (including development, validation, and maintenance) is therefore addressed in Clause 4.6, Nuclear emergency recovery plan, and the active recovery phase requirements (including plan activation, inter-organizational nuclear emergency recovery coordination, needs assessment, plan deviation, and termination of the recovery operation) are defined in Clause 6, Recovery.
This Standard establishes criteria for the emergency management programs of on- and off-site organizations to address nuclear emergencies at Canadian nuclear power plants (NPPs).
1) This Standard may provide guidance for nuclear facilities other than NPPs. The operators of these facilities may, together with the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), determine the applicability and suitability of the guidance provided by this Standard.
2) The requirements in this Standard are applied in accordance with the jurisdictional responsibilities of the organization.
This Standard provides the unique requirements to develop, implement, evaluate, maintain, and continuously improve a nuclear emergency management program(NEMP) for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from a nuclear emergency at an NPP.
This Standard does not apply to nuclear emergencies at
a) Class IB nuclear facilities
b) Class II nuclear facilities
c) uranium mines and mills
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