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Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal

Management Systems

Management's role in influencing the culture of an organization has been emphasized at various points in this course.  Effective management is achieved through management systems and procedures that clearly define the expectations for staff performance and compliance.

Examples of elements of management systems that support nuclear security culture are detailed below.

  • Visible Security Policy -- Nuclear Security Policy is established and posted in facilities and offices and is familiar to staff
    • No surprises
  • Staff Code of Conduct - staff code of conduct exists and covers the needs of nuclear security
  • Clear Roles and Responsibilities - clearly defined and documented roles and responsibilities for all positions
    • Staff is encouraged to seek clarification
  • Performance Measurements - organization uses benchmarks and targets in order to understand and improve performance
    • Results are communicated to staff
  • Good Work Environment
    • Conducive to high standards of performance
    • Staff are consulted on ergonomic and effectiveness of their work
  • Training and Qualification
    • Comprehensive training program exists along with documented qualification standards
    • Training is given priority and is not disrupted by non-urgent activities
    • Staff does not perform duties for which they lack skills and knowledge
  • Work Management - all work is suitably planned to ensure that nuclear security is not compromised
  • Information Control - access to sensitive information is controlled
    • Classification and control requirements are clearly documented and understood by staff
    • Classified information is securely segregated, stored, and managed 
  • Material Accounting Systems - all materials are tracked and accounted for in the system at all times.
  • Cyber Protection - Cyber systems are secure
  • Staff Screening
    • Documented staff screening processes are matched to the risks and threats associated with the specific duties
    • Process is rigorously followed and subject to oversight and auditing
  • Quality Assurance - assessment processes are in place to ensure quality of the security function
  • Change Management
    • Process are in place for changes that could affect security
    • Assessments are made of changes to confirm that the desired outcomes have been obtained
    • Evaluate if the change has affected established security procedures
  • Operating Experience Feedback
    • Processes are in place to allow and encourage members of the public and all staff to report abnormal conditions, concerns, actual events or near-misses and, where appropriate, reward them.
  • Contingency Plans and Drills - the security system must be in a continual state of readiness to handle security events
    • security systems are tested periodically
    • human factor in security systems is evaluated periodically to ensure personnel are alert and available

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