December 21, 2017 – Sargent & Lundy Quality Services Manager James McIntyre was recently invited to be a speaker and group facilitator at a technical meeting hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The meeting was held at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 28 through December 1 to discuss recent developments in international and national management system standards, including aspects of quality management.
The meeting provided an international forum at which specialists could exchange experiences related to the challenges they have faced in implementing the requirements outlined in the IAEA safety requirements publication Leadership and Management for Safety (IAEA Safety Standard Series No. GSR Part 2); compare the requirements in GSR Part 2 with different standards; present standards that may apply in their respective organizations; and discuss practical solutions to overcome the above-mentioned challenges. As Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) Executive Committee, McIntyre was asked by ASME to represent the society. In this role he presented ASME NQA-1 (2015) – Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications. Additionally, McIntyre participated on a panel discussion for applying standards along with representatives from Russia and Canada, and he led a supplier breakout discussion regarding how standards and business excellence models can be used to improve facilities and activities globally. Suppliers represented in the session included those from Belgium, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, and the Ukraine.
Overall, McIntyre felt the meeting was an excellent opportunity to learn about international developments, promote the benefits of ASME standards, and share how the use of standards has benefitted and strengthened Sargent & Lundy’s quality management program.