Office for Nuclear Regulation: Training:Written question - 169320

Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)

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Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Office for Nuclear Regulation: Training
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what training his Department provides to nuclear safeguards inspectors at the Office for Nuclear Regulation on the operation of a manual system for nuclear safeguards calculations and reporting; and what the timeframe is for those inspectors to have passed that training.
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The development of the Safeguards Information Management and Reporting IT System (SIMRS) is on track for testing and operations by the end of 2018. SIMRS will enable the ONR to manage and process the electronic Nuclear Materials Accountancy reports from its dutyholders and submit these, along with other relevant safeguards reports to the IAEA to enable the UK to meet its international obligations, once Euratom safeguards no longer provide this function in the UK. As a contingency measure in the unlikely event that SIMRS is not ready by 29 March 2019, these reports can be manually downloaded by ONR for submission to the IAEA.

Implementation of this contingency for SIMRS will require an understanding of nuclear material accountancy. This is one element of training which is provided to ONR safeguards staff as part of their preparation for delivering a UK State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC) when Euratom safeguards cease to apply in the UK. Training for ONR nuclear safeguards staff is provided by ONR.

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