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Nuclear regulator welcomes young generation

Members of the Nuclear Institute’s Young Generation Network spent two days with ONR, the national nuclear regulator, to discover ‘how and why ONR regulates the UK industry’.

The ‘Introduction to Safety and Regulation’ seminar focused on civil reactors, defence, Sellafield, transport, emergency response, decommissioning, safeguards, and civil nuclear security.

There was also a focus on international regulation, conventional health and safety, new build, the Generic Design Assessment process and ONR’s response to the Fukushima accident in Japan.
Among the speakers was ONR Chair, Nick Baldwin, who held a question and answer session with the delegates.

He said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the future generation of the industry to ONR and I hope the range of speakers and workshops gave a useful insight into the diverse regulatory function we perform.

“ONR employs experienced inspectors to support the many specialisms involved in nuclear regulation, but we also recognise the need to ensure that skills and knowledge are passed on to future generations.

“This event was also an opportunity to outline our role in promoting continuous improvement in nuclear safety and security - both in the UK and on the international stage.”

The Nuclear Institute’s Young Generation Network has around 750 members with the aim of exchanging knowledge and awareness of the nuclear industry between more mature and younger generations. For more information, visit