Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Required standard for Level 3 Emergency Response Role Training

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The current Government policy for dealing with the effects of a nuclear accident in the United Kingdom is detailed in Arrangements for Responding to Nuclear Emergencies which is attached to our email. It describes the current arrangements for dealing with the effects of a nuclear accident in the United Kingdom and provides information on emergency plans for accidents occurring at fixed nuclear installations or during transport which might result in the release of radioactivity.

This publication was published in 1994 and pre dates the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR) and the formation of ONR. (We have changed references below from NII to ONR to reflect the current organisation).

There are 3 levels of exercises:

Level 1 exercise is the on site exercise undertaken by the licensee to demonstrate compliance with Condition 11 of the Nuclear Site Licence issued under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 (as amended).

According to the publication Arrangements for Responding to Nuclear Emergencies:

The level 2 and 3 exercises are an opportunity for the multi agency teams to determine the adequacy of the off-site plan and the response to the plan. Each organisation will set its own objectives for testing during the planning phases and a report is produced with lessons learned from each exercise to assist in improvements to the off-site plan.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has also issued some guidance. Please see the Nuclear Emergency Planning Liaison Group, Consolidated Guidance, Chapter 6 Exercise Assessment.

ONR staff undertake training in support of emergency responses. There are 3 training courses:

Exemptions applied

None applicable.

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

None applicable.