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Preparation for Conducting Decommissioning Actions.
Engaging a Contractor
Gary SimmsANSTO Major Projects Delivery Office
IntroductionGary Simms. Supervised the Characterisation process. B22 Dilapidation report Managed the Containment process from Concept
Design through to the tent installation and commission and handover
Managed the Fit out of the containment tent. Engaged the Demo consultant and partook in the
Demo development process with Greg Berry and the project team.
Prepared the Tender Specification. Prepared the Emergency plan. Prepared the Training plan for the induction of the
Demo contractors. Member of the Tender evaluation committee. Prepared daily Safety check lists in consultation with
safety Management. Trained the Ansto Supervisory staff. Managed the development of the Ventilation Strategy
with our Senior HVAC Engineer and Active Ventilation Safety Approvals Officer.
Procurement process You must have a robust scope of work to feed in
to the tender process. Use a consultant who has specialist experience with concrete demolition projects, to provide direct professional advice.
Tender evaluation process must be tailored to suit the preferred outcome.
Who to Look for
The Project team could not find a company in Australia (or this hemisphere) with radioactive demolition experience.
Who to Look for
The closest comparable task to radioactive Bio shield demolition. is demolition of concrete structures which have a heavy presence of asbestos.
Weight your contractor evaluation and selection process to include all the attributes of a heavy demolition company with asbestos experience and you are 90% there.
Why look to the Asbestos industry
PPE is the same P3 full face mask. Tyvek (paper) Overalls Wet work
Disposal tactics are similar. (With regard to wrapping)
Active contamination and asbestos contamination require similar risk mitigation.
The other 10%
Turning asbestos removal workers is based on the premise,
that our asbestos (activated Concrete) is easier to detect due to the simple fact that it emits energy via instrumentation, you can see and hear radiation and contamination, you can set control parameters that have been proven to be safe within which you can workthis advantage sadly missing in the asbestos removal business.
Sound training from the basics
The adage that knowledge dispels fear is the key to bringing non radiation industry personnel in to the nuclear sector.
Provide training that is board based and be prepared to answer any questions directly.
Respect the decisions of those personnel that have decided that this work falls outside of their own personal risk profile.
Encourage Third Party Advice
Back up this approach with sound 1st principles knowledge.
Encourage your new radiation workers to seek third party advise from professionals, IAEA web site is a good place to start (not your mates), and encourage them make independent informed decisions as to the safety risks of working on a reactor demolition Project.
The assessment process
Government Procurement Guideline. Rigid, strict, but fair and auditable.
Ansto Evaluation plan (which meets the GPG) has the flexibility to weight selection criteria.
The experience criteria in the plan was 15% of the total success criteria, more than enough to tip the balance toward the best skilled rather than the best price.
Be transparent with risk
Total disclosure of risk, and mitigation of that risk.
Do not be tempted to pay a safety bonus -from past experience they encourage concealment of injury.and by default the potential for the concealment of contamination.. Avoid at all cost!
Keep the Contractor Happy! Take the pressure off the contractor.
Ansto owned environmental risk (monitoring, containment, ventilation, and disposal) this allowed the contractor to concentrate on his own expertise. Note! if you contract these core business skills out you run the risk of losing control.This Turn key contract approach was rejected by the project team for these reasons.
Do not have milestones that can not be moved. Be prepared to have a large contingency and be prepared to use it. Do not penalise the contractor for delays beyond his control, i.e.
environmental control, contamination control, regulatory control delays.
Have a daily site log that is open to both the contractor and the Client and RegulatorRecord issues, as and when they occur, and sign them off day by day(prevents augments, and stops the creative memory process).
Attributes of a good Active Demo Contactor
Expertise of the contractor. Proven safety management experience.
Ask to see samples of non conformance reports in the safety plan.
Demolition expertise Asbestos experience. Good past references (Do background checks
and get references).
The Big 5Be prepared for the big 5 questions from your new contractors. The following, in order of frequency with translations, were the big 5 for the Moata Project during the tender and training process.
Can I still have children? = What are the biological effects of radiation?
Will I glow in the dark? = Opportunity to explain why it does happen ..but not to you!
What happens if I become contaminated? =Can you explain prevention?
What happens if my Demo Equipment becomes contaminated? = what are your decontamination procedures?
Has anybody been hurt with radiation? = How good is your safety record?
Risk recognised from the beginningExcerpt from the Tender Evaluation Report as written by Project Manager Alec Kimber to the steering committee before award of the contract to Cardinal
Key statement to Arpansa
Top Tips Make sure questions from contractors are
answered by the correct expert, do not be tempted to guess, if you are not sure. defer.
Concerns from your contractor are Goldvalue them as if your project depended on it, because it does.Note, its ok to change and amend SWMES (Safe Work Methods & Environmental Statement) as you GO.
Training Day 1Time Location Title of presentation or action Presenter
9.00 ANSTO Reception, B38 Meet with Gary Simms Gary Simms
9.00 B38, Induction Room General Site Induction video and quiz Gary Simms
B38, Induction Room Radiation Safety Induction video and quiz Gary Simms
B38, Induction Room Issue safety certificate and contractor hand book Gary Simms
9.45 B38, Induction Room Q & A with Radiation Protection AdvisorPrashant Maharaj/ Tina
10.00-12.00 B38, upstairs, Security Security badge issue Security Staff
12.00-12.50 ANSTO Cafe Lunch break
12.50 1.15 ANSTO Caf, Meet at end near front door. Mask Fit talk John Macleod
1.30-5.00 B21dWhole Body Monitor (WBM) and mask fit test. Whole Body Monitor test
will take about 30 mins for each personHaider Meriaty, John Macleod
Training Day 2Time Location Title of presentation or action Presenter
8.30-10.00 B22, Conference Room Radiation Safety Course Tina Clarence and Alison Parkes
10.00- 10.15 Tea room next to Conference room Morning Tea
10.15-11.15 B22, Conference Room Radiation Safety Course and test Tina Clarence and Alison Parkes
11.15-12.30 B22, Conference Room Occupational Health and Safety Karen Thornton and Perri Rolfe
12.30- 1.15 Cafeteria Lunch time
1.15-3.00 B22, Conference Room Occupational Health and Safety Karen Thornton and Perri Rolfe
Training Day 3Time Location Title of presentation or action Presenter
9.00 Reception Meet with Gary Simms to be taken to B22 Gary Simms
9.10 B22, MOATA Tour of B22 with Client, David GartonDavid Garton, Gary Simms, Geoff Malone (Geoff to
emphasise that safety is more important than schedule)
B22, MOATA Q & A session with David Garton David Garton
10.00- 10.30 B22 tea room Morning Tea Gary Simms and Geoff Malone
10.30- 12.00 B22, Conference RoomSite Function Plan and work plan review with Contract Supervisor
Gary Simms and Tina Clarence
12.00-1.00 Cafe Lunch
1.00- 2.30 B22, Conference Room Contractors Safety Plan reviewJohn Macleod (30 mins), Gary Simms & Enrique Jarquin
Radiation training1.1.1 Radiation Safety course and test, Radiation Protection Advisor, Prashant Maharaj/
Alison Parkes Administrative Controls
Working in Radiation/Contamination Areas
Entry and Exit Procedures
1.1.2 Occupational Health and safety Karen Thornton/ Perri Rolfe OHS Legislation
Local safety arrangements
Safe work method statements
Safe work permits
Working at heights
Personal Protective Equipment
1.1.3 Incident and Accident Reporting Karen Thornton/ Perri Rolfe
Day 3 detailDiscussion of Contractors Safety Plan review. 1.00 pm till 2.30 pm, Gary Simms and Enrique
1.1.1 Amendments if needed
1.1.2 Contractor sign off SWMS
1.1.3 Waste Ops procedures review by Waste Operations.
1.1.4 White waste procedure
1.1.5 Gate monitor operation
1.1.6 Clearance certificate procedure
1.1.7 Blue waste procedure
1.1.8 HPS Dosimetry and foot barrie