Conventional Safety Sub-group (CSWG)

About Us

Sharing of information and collective action, may be expected to:

  • Facilitate continuous improvement opportunities within the member organisations by sharing best practices in respect of operational safety standards and implementation arrangements.
  • Reduce the potential of repeat events occurring within member organisations through effective sharing of operational experience and learning.
  • Reduce the lead time and cost associated with finding and developing novel solutions to common safety issues.
  • Provide a sector wide perspective of emerging safety issues, trends and developments within the conventional safety and regulatory arena.

Positively engage, influence and be influenced by the regulator as a nuclear sector wide forum for conventional safety matters.

Programme of Work

Future Programme

  1. Management of Scaffolding
  • Survey member organisations scaffold management arrangements to determine key elements of the management process.
  • Identify good practices deployed throughout member organisations to date.
  • Produce comparative matrix to illustrate respective good practices in place throughout member organisations.
  • Members populate e- room with supporting documentation, training material etc as an accessible and ongoing source of reference & resource material.                                                   

Management of Contractors

  • Complete development of Contractor Safety Toolkit following a workshop held in August 2010 and TSM during 2011.
  • Population of the e-room folders with good practice examples in different aspects of Contractor Safety Management by members.
  • Develop and maintain an accessible reference source of good management practice for members.

Accidents  - Trends, Causes & Countermeasures   

  • Review of accident trend information from members to identify common key causes of injuries.
  • Immediate focus areas include; Slips, trips & falls/ Hand injuries / Human factors
  • Use e-room as a repository for sharing details of effective interventions made by members to address injury trends.

4. Executive Reporting – Effective Format & Content   

  • Survey members to establish executive reporting expectations, report format, content, style & frequency.
  • Members populate e-room with examples of their executive reports for comparative purposes and reference.
  • Review reports to establish a view of good practices.
  • Produce a matrix summarising good practice examples within the e-room.                    

5. Performance Benchmarking

  • Survey members to establish respective approaches to injury & event classification and performance reporting.
  • Agree common performance reporting criteria to be used in benchmarking process.
  • Develop template to collate performance data from all members.
  • Produce & circulate comparative safety performance summary of member organisations.

6. External Benchmarking                            

  • Exploring opportunities to benchmark with companies /projects outside the nuclear industry.
  • Prepare and share benchmarking reports with members.                             

7. Sharing information, learning and best practices, including:         

  • CDM Compliance issues
  • Chemical safety issues (REACH, COMAH, DSEAR etc.)
  • Occupational Health provision

Annual Summary

1. Management of Occupational Road Risk:

Work carried out to share practices on the management of risks when driving on business was concluded late in 2010. The output from this task was a matrix showing comparative practices and management arrangements.  Folders have subsequently been set up in the e-room to retain examples submitted by members of their good practices in the management of occupational road risk. This provides an ongoing and valuable source of reference for members to access whenever they wish in support of their local needs and arrangements. ( Members will be invited to update this material during 2012 as company arrangements are routinely refreshed).

2. Management of Contractors:

Work had started to identify common areas of concern and to compare the differing approaches applied by member companies.. An “assist workshop” was run by Research Sites at Harwell into contractor management which was attended by several subgroup member companies. The output of that workshop is to be developed into a ‘Contractor Safety Toolkit’ that will be made available to the subgroup. Additionally folders have been set up in the e-room for members to submit examples of their good practices in Contractor Safety Management for sharing throughout the subgroup. A TSM was undertaken at Sellafield and useful outputs from this exercise are also to be shared and incorporated into the e-room.

3. Chemical safety issues (REACH, COMAH, CHIP4, DSEAR):

Sellafield provided a presentation illustrating the range of challenges presented at a very large chemical site and an overview of the management arrangements in place to address them.

4. Occupational Health Provision:

Occupational Health falls within the remit of some but not all subgroup members. Learning has been shared by Babcock Marine following an HSE inspection of the occupational health provision at Devonport Dockyard.

5. Risk Assessment:

EDF Energy provided an overview of the fundamental review and revision of risk assessment arrangements which has taken place within their Nuclear Generation business subsequent to the fatality which occurred at Heysham 1 Power Station during 2010.  Supporting information and resource material has been placed in the e-room for reference by members.

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