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IAEA Training Resources - Research Reactors

Research Reactors Safety Section develops and implements programmes and activities for the safety enhancement of research reactors and fuel cycle facilities. It provides for monitoring and enhancing research reactors subject to project and supply agreements and helps Member States fulfil their safety obligations.

To enhance the safety research reactors in Member States, the Research Reactor Safety Section covers a wide range of topics, ranging from the siting, design, construction and commissioning of reactors to their operation and utilization and, eventually, their decommissioning. Among others, it develops safety standards for research reactors and promotes their application by Member States; gives assistance in applying the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors; promotes information exchange on operational experience through the Incident Reporting System for Research Reactors; and conducts Integrated Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) missions and other safety review services on the request of Member States. The Section also conducts technical meetings and training activities to support Member States to build their capacity for safety.

The Section also works on enhancing the safety of nuclear fuel cycle facilities in Member States. Similarly to its work on the safety of research reactors, it develops specific safety standards for these facilities, promotes the operational safety of such facilities through regular safety review missions and the exchange of operational experience, organizes technical meetings and training activities on various safety areas are also conducted by the Section.

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Operational Radiation Protection and Radioactive Waste Management (Training Course series 62)

TCS 62 is aimed at supporting research reactor operating organizations to conduct their own training on operational radiation protection and waste management programmes in the context of their own research reactor facilities. It provides information on the learning objectives, a training syllabus and a schedule. In addition, it contains detailed training material that systematically develops the knowledge of the trainees to meet the learning objectives.

Objectives:

  • Develop and implement an Operational Radiation Protection Programme (ORPP) at their research reactor facilities; and
  • Develop and implement an Operational Radioactive Waste Management Programme (ORWMP) at their research reactor facilities.

Safety of Research Reactors (Training course series 64)

The training material TCS 64 is intended to be used for that purpose on the basis of the IAEA Safety Requirements for research reactors (SSR-3), IAEA Safety Guides such as NS-G-4.1 to 4.6, SSG-10, -20, -22, -24 and other publications that support the Requirements. TCS 64 is aimed at supporting research reactor operating organizations to conduct their own training on research reactor safety, as far as possible in the context of their own research reactor facilities. It provides information on the learning objectives, a training syllabus and a schedule, and follows through with detailed training material that systematically develops the knowledge of the trainees to meet the learning objectives.

Objectives:

  • Understand the bases for safety and safety assessment established by the relevant series of IAEA Safety Standards to all stages in the lifetime of their particular research reactor;
  • Understand the framework of regulatory control, the management of safety, site evaluation, design, operation and decommissioning in the context of their research reactor;
  • Understand the technical and administrative provisions for the safety of their research reactor established in accordance with the IAEA and their Member State requirements;
  • Gain hands-on experience in the operation and control of their research reactor;
  • Gain hands-on experience in the safety assessment of their research reactor and in selected monitoring and safety activities.

​Operational Radiation Protection & Radioactive Waste Management for Research Reactors

(E-learning module was developed as a working material)

​The objectives of this part of the training course ​are to provide an overview of the IAEA safety standards programme for Research Reactors and of the issues raised by the IAEA safety missions on radiation protection and waste management.

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and understand the general requirements for the design of research reactors

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and understand the general requirements for the design of research reactors

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and understand the basic principles of safe operation of a research reactor

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and to understand the IRSRR as an IAEA tool for improving the safety of research reactors through the exchange of safety related information

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and to understand the method carried out for safe approach to criticality

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and to understand the development, content and implementation of OLCs and operating procedures for the operation of research reactors as well as for experiments.

​The objectives of this part of the training course is to learn and to understand various practical safety aspects of research reactor operation.