Risk Management: Nuclear and other industrial sectors – Course for Continuing Professional Development

9 April 2018, 9.00 AM - 12 April 2018, 5.00 PM

Course description

Risk analysis and management are indispensable features of the organisation and operation of industrial plant, especially those involving high energy processes such as nuclear power stations, where protection of humans and the environment assumes the highest importance and gains corresponding emphasis.

The 4-day course will generate an understanding of the hazards in terms of a mathematically defined concept of risk. Delegates will be shown how this can be applied to the protection of people and the environment. Regulatory and legal implications will also be covered.  Attention will be paid to the significant commonalities in the way in which risk is managed in the nuclear, chemical, oil and gas and transport industries.

Debate is encouraged with the visiting lecturers, who hold senior posts in business and the professions.  On completion, delegates will have developed a managerial viewpoint on risk, including nuclear risk, and how it should be mitigated.

A feature of the course will be the attention paid to the new J- or Judgement-value method for assessing objectively when it is desirable to install a system to protect the humans or the environment.  The J-value method was a core technology of a recently completed and widely reported study on coping with a big nuclear accident. You can read more about this study on our news pages. It may, however, be applied to evaluate the benefit from safety systems across all industries, from road transport through chemical, oil and gas, nuclear, pharmaceutical to health provision.

Provisional Content

  1. Risk concepts; nuclear plant example
  2. J-value Case Studies from Chernobyl
  3. Quantifying failure: FMEA, Event trees, Fault trees
  4. Probability modelling using distributions; Chernobyl Childhood Thyroid Cancers
  5. ALARP, risk-aversion and the J-value
  6. Strategies for managing nuclear risk
  7. Risk Management applied to rail transport
  8. Risk and Safety Management: a legal perspective
  9. Risk Management in the process industry
  10. Health and Safety: how well does the law perform?
  11. Estimating the change in life expectancy.  Change in life expectancy change caused by radiation dose
  12. Extending the J-value to take account of environmental costs following a large accident
  13. Health and Safety Regulation, with special reference to nuclear plant

A full timetable will be available in due course and provided to those who register interest.

Who Is This Aimed At?

This course is primarily aimed at professionals in the nuclear industry who have a managerial role relating to risk and people/environmental protection. It will also be suitable for those in industrial, process, chemical and health & safety roles.

The course will suit those who hold a first degree in Science or Engineering, or have relevant professional experience and qualifications.


The course director will be Philip Thomas, D.Sc.  Philip is Professor of Risk Management within the University of Bristol's Safety Systems Research Centre.

Other lecturers on the course will be:

  1. Martyn Brown - Formerly Principal Consultant Process Engineering & Safety Huntsman
  2. Ivan Lucic - Infrastructure Programmes Engineering Systems Director, Network Rail
  3. Richard Voke - Head of Business Risk and Regulation and Partner, Ashfords LLP
  4. Professor Richard Taylor  - RHT Consulting/ University of Bristol (formerly Head of Environment, Health and Safety Policy and Strategy, BNFL, Director H&S, Magnox Electric)
  5. Dr Ian Waddington - Senior Software Engineer, Analytic Eye Ltd.
  6. Geoffrey Vaughan - Formerly Superintending Inspector, ONR

Continuing Professional Development

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded for completing the 4-day course.

An Assessment Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of optional coursework. This will take the form of a course-work consisting of typically a numerical problem (20%) plus a  2000-word essay (80%). This should be submitted  for assessment within 4 weeks of the end of the course.

Both certificates will be validated by the University of Bristol.


£1950 for the 4 day course + assessment. A discounted price will be available for Hub Member Employees.

Payment arrangements will be confirmed in due course.

Register Your Interest

To register your interest, please visit the official website for this event at https://southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/event/nuclear-risk-management-cpd

Contact information


South West Nuclear Hub office

Phone: 0117 394 1791



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