Creating standard operating procedures at SCK SEN

SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. More than 700 employees are working on developing peaceful applications of radioactivity. SCK•CEN developments have already resulted in a long list of innovative and forward-looking applications for the medical world, industry and the energy sector. In the course of our work, there are three main research topics:

  • The safety of nuclear installations;
  • The well-considered management of radioactive waste;
  • Human and environmental protection against ionizing radiation.
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SCK•CEN collaborates with numerous research partners both at home and abroad. The work performed by SCK•CEN has a direct effect upon various aspects of our daily life. Besides our work as a research Centre, we also organize training courses and offer specialist services including consultancy.

Project description and goals

Due to the decision to extend the life time of the nuclear reactors, SCK•CEN decided to set up a standardized working method for preventive maintenance tasks on critical assets. PDM was asked to identify the required manpower to handle the increased workload in the asset management unit.

Project approach

A pragmatic approach by creating standard operating procedures which enabled SCK•CEN to write work preparation procedures efficiently.

Project results

  • Creation of standard operating procedures as a basis for new work preparation procedures.
  • Alignment of managers of different disciplines in work sessions.
  • Finding common ground for different disciplines to create standards with mutual agreement.
Jarne Verpoorten
Plant Asset Manager BR2, SCK CEN

The approach PDM used was very pragmatic: creating standard operating procedures which enabled us to write efficiently work preparation procedures. More than one year after the completion of the project, we still are benefiting from the work done in cooperation with PDM.