Review of Accident Management Programmes (RAMP) and Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs)

Guidelines for the review of accident management programmes in NPPs

The Review of Accident Management Programmes (RAMP) module provides advice and assistance at the utility/nuclear power plant (NPP) level for effective plant specific Accident Management.

Two options are available to Member States:  
  • The Review of Safety Analysis for Accident Management (RSAAM) to include: selection of accident sequences; selection of analytical tools; analysis of accidents without operator actions; analysis of preventive and mitigative accident management measures; quality assurance in accident analysis.
  • The Review of the Accident Management Programme (RAMP), to include a review of: selection and definition of AMP; safety analysis for AMP; assessment of plant vulnerabilities; development of strategies; evaluation of equipment performance; development of procedures and guidelines; verification and validation of procedures and guidelines; integration between AMP and emergency plans; staffing and qualification; training needs; AMP revisions.

 

The RAMP review service is conducted in accordance with specific guidelines.
 
  
A RAMP Mission is usually conducted in three steps:
  • A seminar on accident management (Pre-RAMP), to include: plant behaviour during accidents; severe accident phenomenology; principles of accident management; approaches and their features; development phases and tasks, and; international best practices in the development and implementation of an Accident Management Programme.
  • The Mission (RSAAM or RAMP) - with the objective of evaluating the AMP arrangements for the beneficiary NPP and provide recommendations for improvements
  • Final Experts Meeting - with the objective of compiling conclusions and recommendations and agree on the Mission Report
  • Follow-up Mission - with the objective of evaluating the AMP implementation and safety improvements resulted from the implementation of RAMP Mission recommendations.

Status of reviews:
 
 

Mission
Type

Member
State

Year

Service

Pre-RAMP

Pakistan

2004

Kanupp NPP: Emergency control center

Russia:
Workshops

2006

Workshops: Severe accident phenomena, analysis & AMPs, & computer code training (MELCOR, ASTEC, RELAP5)
Expert mission: Development plan & AMP development

China, Pakistan:
Expert mission

Ukraine: Workshops

2007

Romania: Expert mission

RSAAM

China

2006

Bine: Review analysis results of severe accident in Chinese PWRs

2007

RAMP

Slovenia

2001

Krsko: Review the first SAMGs

Pakistan

2007

Kanupp: Review post-accident monitoring instrumentation

Lithuania

2007

Ignalina: Review SAMGs for RBMK reactors

Mexico

2012

Review the first SAMGs

2013