First English test for nuke safety developed
abu dhabi — Communication at nuclear plants will now be guided with the world’s first English language proficiency standards, developed by Abu Dhabi’s Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) to ensure a healthy nuclear safety culture.
With employees from more than 40 nationalities, the operator of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Al Dhafra is now in the process of assessing its operators and maintenance personnel, who must meet the ‘highest standards of communication’.
“As we prepare to begin operating the first nuclear energy reactor in the Arab World, everyone at Nawah has been working to maintain high standards of effective safety communications,” said Mark Reddemann, Nawah CEO.
“Our current focus is to finalise the assessment of the people who are essential to the fuel load and start-up of Barakah Unit 1, comprising operators, maintenance and security personnel, emergency response officers, as well as other groups. Our dedicated organisational effectiveness team is working around the clock to ensure that these people sit the exams and obtain the official certification needed to meet the Nuclear English standard,” added Reddemann.
Based on the International Civil Aviation Organisation standards, the Nuclear English test uses a similar format to the ‘Test of English for Aviation’, but is set within the nuclear context and is developed in consultation with nuclear operators. Similar to Aviation English, the Nuclear English standards require staff to demonstrate the ability to speak and understand the language used for operating in an international community. —