Nuclear Power Industry Safety Performance Reports
Operating performance relates to the overall review of station operation, and includes the licensee's program integration, plant management, plant status and material condition. This safety area also includes the review of licensee's conduct of operations, technical surveillance, compliance to requirements for reportable events, outage management and non-radiological health and safety.
Performance assurance covers those activities that enable effective human and organizational performance through the development and implementation of management programs, standards, processes and procedures. Specifically, CNSC staff reviews the human performance aspects of a nuclear facility, such as the licensee's quality assurance, human factors and training programs.
Design adequacy refers to the ability of systems in a nuclear plant to continually meet their design intent given new information arising from operating experience, safety analysis or the review of safety issues.
Equipment fitness for service includes those programs which impact on the physical condition of the various systems and components in the plant. Licensees must integrate the results of inspection and reliability programs into plant maintenance activities to ensure that all structures, systems and components having an impact on safety in nuclear power plants remain effective as the plant ages.
Emergency Preparedness covers the licensee's consolidated emergency plan and the emergency preparedness program, as well as the results of emergency exercises.
Environmental Performance covers the licensee's programs to identify, control and monitor all releases of radioactive and hazardous substances from their facilities. More specifically, it includes radioactive and conventional waste management; effluent and environmental monitoring; emission data; unplanned releases; assessment of environmental protection systems, and compliance with provincial environmental regulations.
Radiation Protection covers the program in place to ensure that doses to workers do not exceed prescribed dose limits and are kept As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle).
Nuclear Security relates to the program required to implement and support the security requirements stipulated in the Nuclear Security Regulations for their facilities. It covers: security guard service, including its duties, responsibilities and training; protection arrangements with local response forces as well as testing of emergency response plans; procedures to assess and respond to potential breaches of security; and security monitoring/assessment systems and communication equipment.
Safeguards covers the measures taken by the licensees respecting Canada's international obligations under the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Pursuant to the Treaty, Canada has entered into a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which provides the IAEA with the right and the responsibility to verify that Canada is fulfilling its international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.