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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Our work to assess ONR's safety culture is recognised by the International Atomic Energy Agency

1 February 2024

IRRS mission highlights progress in nuclear and radiation safety in the UK.

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The United Kingdom is committed to delivering the highest standards of nuclear and radiation safety, an international mission has found.

The seven-day International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service’s (IRRS) follow-up mission, to evaluate the country’s regulatory infrastructure against required global safety standards, ended earlier this week.

The team studied progress from a full scope mission in 2019 when assessments of the UK’s nuclear and radiological safety standards were carried out.

The mission also praised two specific areas of ONR’s ‘Good Performance’, with its Policy on Openness and Transparency, and the independent and transparent assessment of its culture, commissioned by ONR and delivered by the Thomas Ashton Institute and colleagues from the Alliance Manchester Business School.

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