Announcing the ninth speakers at CRA’s annual Risk Forum on 5th & 6th October 2016 in Stratford upon Avon.
Topic: The Use of Advanced Control Rooms and Automation in the GB nuclear sector – a Regulatory Perspective
The use of computerised control and instrumentation (C&I) has become the established norm across many high hazard sectors. Despite many benefits, the deployment of these technologies is not without risk, and regulatory attention worldwide has been drawn to a number of high profile incidents, where failures in these technologies have been implicated in the subsequent investigations.
Keen to capitalise on the safety and economic benefits that computerised instrumentation and control can potentially offer, the traditionally conservative nuclear industry has finally started to embrace these technologies, and in the UK, all the new reactor designs going through the ONR’s generic design assessment process, sport levels of computerised C&I far greater than what is currently deployed. The human performance impact of advanced displays and controls and its modelling is an area of Human Factors research that has not kept pace with the development of the technology. Thus, the safety benefits and detriments of advanced C&I are a key regulatory focus for ONR within the Human Factors domain. Elaine Vinton and Richard Screeton offer a regulatory perspective on this topic and provide a summary of the problem space as viewed uniquely by ONR.
Richard Screeton is an experienced Human Factors specialist who has worked in the GB defence and civil nuclear sector for 18 years. He currently works at the Office For Nuclear Regulation (ONR), where he is the lead HF inspector for: the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) and licensing of the Westinghouse AP1000®pressurized water reactor; ONR’s Nuclear Research Register – Human Factors; and future Small Modular Reactors.
Previously, Richard worked for Rolls-Royce Submarines, where he was the Principal HF engineer responsible for the Human Factors aspects of the Astute SSN Manoeuvring Room (Nuclear Control Room), and Atkins and AEA technology, where he provided consultancy services to a wide range of GB and international nuclear licensees and organisations.
Elaine Vinton is an experienced Human Factors and Psychology specialist with nearly 20 years’ experience in the British civil and defence nuclear sectors. Elaine is the professional lead for Human Factors at the Office for Nuclear Regulation. In this capacity, she is responsible for setting regulatory policy on the topic of human factors and the day-to-day management of the seven-strong ONR Human Factors team. She is also the lead Human Factors Inspector for the Sellafield Programme. Prior to this, Elaine worked as a consultant for AEA Technology and its various iterations providing Human Factors consultancy services to the nuclear and high hazard sectors both nationally and internationally.