The IAEA gave no details of any injuries and fatalities it was referring to, but said an operational safety review team (Osart) mission that ended on 29 October concluded that Rosenergoatom’s managers need to implement planned corrective actions with the aim of eliminating severe injuries and fatalities.
The company should also continue to monitor and review the implementation of its severe accident management guidelines improvement programme until all planned corrective actions are completed, the IAEA said
The team said Rosenergoatom has made significant efforts in addressing the findings of the 2018 Osart mission and the follow-up team saw measurable improvements in the review areas.
The team saw that several findings from the 2018 review were fully addressed including:
- Rosenergoatom has improved its independent oversight function by assessing its leadership and safety culture.
- It has improved monitoring of its maintenance performance indicators to improve its effectiveness in preventing the failure of systems, structures or components.
- It has improved its operating experience feedback process, such as reporting and identifying trends in the development of low-level and minor events to prevent severe events.
Rosenergoatom is a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and owns and operates all 38 commercial nuclear reactors across Russia.
Corporate Osart missions are conducted at utilities that own or operate nuclear power plants. The missions assess safety performance using IAEA safety standards and propose recommendations and suggestions for improvement.