First English test for nuke safety devel­oped

Khaleej Times - - NATION -

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. —

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