This workshop will look at the development of policies and strategies for spent fuel management, radioactive waste management, decommissioning, extraction industries, and industrial / medical arisings.

It will be tailored as appropriate to the requirements of the party concerned utilising IAEA and NEA guidance, and international best practice.

At the end of the workshop delegates will have developed an understanding of what policy is, how it is established and what it should cover. Similarly, delegates will understand how policy is implemented through strategy development and the competences required to deliver this.

The course covers:

Introduction to radioactive waste management

  • Understanding of what radioactive waste is
  • Where and how it arises
  • Options for treatment and disposal for different waste types

Policy (the “what”)

  • What is Policy?
    • The need for a Policy
    • What areas should it cover?
      • Spent fuel management, radioactive waste management, decommissioning, extraction industries, industrial / medical arisings
      • Existing & future arisings
      • Safety & security
      • Allocation of resources & responsibilities
  • Establishing the Policy
    • Policy development with stakeholders
    • Basis for developing strategies
    • Basis for legislation / regulation
  • Compatibility with IAEA Safety Standards and other guidance, and International Conventions

Strategy (the “how, who, where & when”)

  • What are strategies?
    • Implementation of policies
    • Individual strategies for waste types
    • How & when policy requirements will be achieved
  • Establishing strategies
    • Who’s responsible?
  • Consideration of options for
    • Spent fuel management
    • Decommissioning
    • Pre-disposal & disposal
  • Competencies required

Course review and general discussion

Who would benefit from attending the workshop?

The training is designed for civil-servants, regulators, executives and managers within nuclear operators, government, NEPIOs and regulatory bodies in countries considering or are in the early stages of establishing nuclear energy as a component of their national energy strategy.


Lead Trainer: John Mathieson

John has over 45 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, primarily involving the areas of radioactive waste management and decommissioning. John worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission, participating in expert missions, technical meetings and working groups. He has worked on projects assisting many overseas governments to develop financing, decommissioning and radioactive waste management strategies and infrastructures. He is a Member of the Society for Radiological Protection and is a Board Director and Secretary of Waste Management Symposia Inc. which runs the annual Waste Management conference in Phoenix, USA.

How is the workshop delivered?

The workshop is delivered in a ‘classroom’ environment at the client’s site. The agenda and structure of the workshops will be tailored as appropriate to specific requirements of the client utilising IAEA and NEA guidance, and international best practice.

The normal duration of the training is one day, but this may be subject to change depending upon the client’s requirements. The specific scheduling, training delivery, and facilitation arrangements will be incorporated into the tailored programme development to ensure effective and timely delivery of the training.

If you would like to discuss the training options and your specific requirements, please contact Ben Robinson at [email protected] or +44 7869 30743

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