Bruce Power was pleased to participate in the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) Operational Safety and Review Team (OSART) mission last December.

Bruce Power was put forward for this review in 2014 by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and an active participant in the international nuclear community. The OSART Program has been in place since 1982 to support continuous operational safety improvements in Nuclear Power Plants worldwide and provide opportunities to IAEA member states to share best practices identified through these reviews to other nuclear operators.

The OSART review focused on operational safety of Bruce B and the objective of this mission was to objectively assess safety performance using the IAEA’s Safety Standards as reference and propose areas where further improvements could be considered by the Bruce B management. The good practices identified at Bruce B will be disseminated to the rest of the nuclear community by the IAEA. The review covered the areas of leadership and management for safety; training and qualification; operations; maintenance; technical support; operating experience; radiation protection; chemistry; emergency planning and preparedness, accident management, human, technology and organization interaction and long term operation.

Experts from the IAEA as part of this mission were from Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Finland, France, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The Bruce B OSART report, released in May 2016, identified areas for improvement as part of the company’s journey to excellence while allowing reviewers the opportunity to identify strengths at Bruce Power that can be shared internationally.

Within this context, we are very pleased with both the report itself and the engagement and dialogue with IAEA experts during the review process. As such, we have sent a letter to the leader of the OSART Mission and communicated the findings of the report with our staff and the public. Given the report itself is quite technical, we have summarized the key findings for our staff and are committed to explaining any of the findings to interested members of the public.

The report identifies 10 Good Practices, 25 Good Performances, 12 Suggestions and five Recommendations. In particular, the high standard set by the IAEA related to the identification of Good Practices in key areas such as planning for refurbishment and asset management, new tooling, safety, training, communications and emergency preparedness are all areas we have focused on in recent years, and we look forward to building on these strengths.

Upon reading the report, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) emphasized Bruce Power is meeting all current regulatory requirements, and the recommendations and suggestions of the OSART mission report are considered to be improvements to existing safe practices.