Terms of Reference

The purpose of the Safety Directors’ Forum (SDF):

The purpose of the Safety Directors’ Forum (SDF) is for the industry to work together to identify the key strategic Health, Safety, Security, Safeguards, Environment and Quality (HSSSEQ) facing the nuclear industry and identify the appropriate industry response.

Responses could be direct to Government, Regulators, the Customer (NDA, MoD) etc. and could range from presentations, letters and papers to delegations.

Facilitate sharing and understanding of:

  • Key nuclear environment, radiological, industrial, safety, health, security, safeguards and quality (HSSSEQ) issues;
  • The implications of recent experiences (including, but not solely incidents);
  • Regulatory developments and responses to them;
  • Cultural and leadership approaches in addition to technical and engineering matters. 

Promote co-operation across the nuclear industry on policy, strategy and technical matters where this is beneficial. Mechanisms for co-operation include:

  • Using existing industry groups;
  • Establishing ad hoc co-operation and ‘issue leaders’ as necessary.

Work with the Regulators in order to agree common goals, priorities, process in the pursuit of excellence. In particular, ensure that solutions are proportionate to the risk and cost effective when deployed.

Drive a continuous improvement culture for HSSSEQ across the industry.

Act as "sponsor" of and keep under review "Sub Groups" (SGs), to ensure they remain necessary and are operating effectively. Output in the form of documentation will also be kept under review for applicability, proportionality and effectiveness. Each SG will have an individual Director nominated to be the SDF Sponsor


Click here for a copy of the full Terms of Reference  for the SDF (updated June 2017).

The SDF also has separate Terms of Reference for meetings with Regulators - SDF-Regulatory Terms of Reference - April 2017