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Canada gets its first nuclear emergency management program standard



June 17, 2014 – CSA Group has released Canada’s first national standard on nuclear emergency management programs, addressing all components of emergency management with a specific focus on preparedness, response and recovery.

“CSA Group’s new nuclear standard is a first of its kind in Canada,” said Bonnie Rose, standards president, CSA Group. “This standard was the result of input from all levels of government, owners and operators of nuclear power plants, first responders, emergency management professionals and not-for-profit organizations.”

CSA N1600-14 is particularly unique, says CSA, in its requirement for the development of recovery plans for both the community and nuclear power plant.

One of the key drivers behind the development of the new standard, explains CSA, was a recommendation made by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) Fukushima Task Force to further enhance the safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in Canada by developing a dedicated document on emergency management.

The standard covers both onsite and offsite organizations, and provides criteria on how to develop, implement, evaluate, maintain and continuously improve a nuclear emergency management program.

The CSA N1600 committee will begin meeting again in September 2014 to commence work on the next edition.

Photo A. Capkun from CSA Committee Week 2014, Charlottetown, P.E.I.