Recent Management Experience of UK Performance Assessments of Radioactive Waste Disposalby B. G. J. Thompson, United Kingdom Dep of the, Environment, London, United Kingdom,
M. W. Wakerley, United Kingdom Dep of the, Environment, London, United Kingdom,
T. J. Sumerling, United Kingdom Dep of the, Environment, London, United Kingdom,
Abstract: The approach to management used over the past decade by a UK Government regulatory body (HMIP) to develop, test and apply integrated risk assessment methods, using a team of private contractors, is described. Two assessment projects using different contractual arrangements are compared and the significant issues arising from this experience are discussed both from the viewpoint of the client and of the main contractors. These issues include: - the client research management environment and use of computer-based information management systems; - estimating and controlling resources and timescales; - multidiscliplinary team working, communication and conflict resolution; - accommodating new information and computational tools during an assessment; - alternative documentation structures for reporting an assessment; - confidence, quality assurance (QA) and peer review.
Subject Headings: Waste management | Waste disposal | Radioactive wastes | Information systems | Resource management | Risk management | Quality control | Contractors and subcontractors | Client relationships | United Kingdom | Europe
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