Safety, health & environment policy

RoSPA Gold AwardGood safety, health and environmental management is an integral part of the efficient management of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The high standards of safety, health, and environmental protection needed to undertake world-class research at the Authority are only achieved through the vigorous commitment of everyone, including top management, to continual improvement. Our goal is, therefore, to cause no harm to people, property or the environment.

In commitment to proper safety, health and environmental management, we will:

  • regard compliance with applicable legal requirements and other obligations as a minimum standard, while setting our own demanding internal standards to do even better;
  • require that all those who work for us do so to the highest standards of safety and environmental protection;
  • provide healthy and safe workplaces with safe equipment and safe procedures of work;
  • commit to preventing pollution and the protection of the environment through responsible utilisation of resources, particularly in relation to energy and process gases;
  • integrate safety, health and environmental considerations into all aspects of the organisation;
  • implement inherently safer and cleaner technologies, processes and procedures;
  • create a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible working culture;
  • identify and control radioactive, nuclear and other hazards to eliminate, where reasonably practicable, or control the risk to people and the environment;
  • provide adequate resources and authority to trained persons to fulfil safety, health and environmental responsibilities;
  • set and annually review safety, health, and environmental objectives and targets to assess and improve performance and report that performance openly; 
  • monitor systems to ensure that all aspects of the system are suitable, sufficient and complied with;
  • consult and listen to both internal and external stakeholders on safety, health and environmental protection arrangements, including safety representatives, customers, suppliers, neighbours, regulators and employees generally; and
  • learn from our own and others' good practice and mistakes, discuss safety, health, and environment issues regularly at all levels, including the highest, and encourage the development of new ideas to promote safety, health and environmental protection.

This policy is implemented through the arrangements defined in the UK Atomic Energy Authority Management Systems Manual and associated procedures, is communicated to all within the organisation and available to external interested parties. The policy will be reviewed annually and, where necessary, proposals made for its improvement.

Each individual employee is responsible for upholding this policy in their area of work and for taking action to maintain standards.

Ian Chapman, Chief Executive

January 2017