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NEW APPOINTMENTS IN THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY New Site Director at Bradwell


New ONR Chief Operating Officer John Jenkins joined the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) as Chief Operating Officer on 11th June. John is a chartered engineer and has held senior roles in a number of leading multi-disciplinary consultancies including Morgan Sindall Professional Services, White Young Green (WYG) Consulting and Ove Arup & Partners.


He will oversee the delivery of ONR’s programmes and will be an executive member of the ONR Board and a senior member of its executive management team. John will report to UK Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations and Executive Head of ONR, Mike Weightman.


New MD at RSRL


Babcock has appointed Tony Wratten as the new Managing Director at its subsidiary Research Sites Restoration Ltd (RSRL), the Site Licence Company (SLC) responsible for the decommissioning and closure programme at Harwell and Winfrith.


Tony Wratten took up his new role fully from the end of May, following a six-week


transition period working alongside former MD Alan Neal, who will now be undertaking another role within Babcock.


Tony has a strong background and extensive experience in the nuclear industry. Having qualified as a chemical engineer, his first role on graduating was as a commissioning engineer with Babcock. He subsequently worked at Aldermaston in various waste management related roles and also as a government technical advisor.


Tony joined the UKAEA (subsequently acquired by Babcock in 2009) in 1991 based at Harwell, heading a team managing research, development and strategy programmes related to decommissioning and waste management, before moving to Dounreay in the late-1990s, where he held a variety of positions, including managing the fuel cycle and fast reactor decommissioning programmes, before taking up the post of Director of Assurance for five years, and most recently as Deputy Managing Director at Dounreay.


Bob Kury, new Site Director, is to lead the decommissioning site into its Care and Maintenance phase by 2015.


Bob brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry covering a wide span of decommissioning projects. He has worked as Ponds Programme Director at Bradwell previously, and has been employed in key roles at other Magnox sites, including as Site Director at Sizewell A and Hinkley Point A. After a brief spell working in the USA, Bob returned to the UK last year to support the Magnox Optimised Decommissioning Programme.


Bob commenced his role as Site Director on 29th May 2012, supported by John Vlietstra, who has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Magnox’s Accelerating sites (Bradwell and Trawsfynydd). Dick Sexton, Bradwell’s previous Site Director and Chief Operating Officer, has taken up a new position within EnergySolutions, Magnox’s Parent Body Organisation (PBO) working on the Magnox/RSRL PBO competition process.


NEW GUIDANCE ON AIRFED SUITS


Reducing the risks to workers using airfed suits in decommissioning UK nuclear facilities is behind new guidance published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).


ONR, the UK nuclear safety regulator, has worked with the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) and other stakeholders to produce guidance on the physiological and ergonomic challenges affecting the use of airfed suits.


This personal protective equipment (PPE) protects a worker’s skin and the respiratory system from radioactive particulate contamination and is widely used during decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Only limited guidance on its safe use was available until now.


ONR and HSL ran a research project between 2008 and 2011, involving a number of nuclear industry licensees and PPE manufacturers. This included observing workers using the suits in situ, procedure reviews, discussion groups and surveys. Laboratory trials were undertaken at HSL’s state-of-the-art thermal chamber in Buxton, Derbyshire.


David Simister, a superintending inspector at ONR and one of the authors of the guidance, said: “The guidance covers all stages of airfed suit use, from planning, selection and training through to reviewing and improving. Our aim is simple, to reduce the risk to workers.”


www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/airfed-suits.htm 14 NuclearCONNECT


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