Rostechnadzor Holds Meeting of the Board
The meeting of the Board of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) was held on November 13, 2020, under the chairmanship of Alexey Aleshin, Chairman of Rostechnadzor.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Aleshin noted that in view of the instructions of the country’s leadership, there is a need for strengthening the supervisory effort at the facilities of hazard class 1, paying special attention to those where there are buildings, structures, and technical devices with an expired service life. In addition, Rostechnadzor must submit proposals with draft regulations on the compliance with safety requirements in the Arctic zone and accelerate the implementation of remote control systems.
The first report “Measures taken as part of permanent state supervision to reduce accidents and injuries in the mining industry” was made by Vadim Tkachenko, the new head of the Mining Supervision Department. He reported that the more intense control and supervisory actions in the permanent supervision regime facilitated a lower level of accident rate, group and fatal injuries at the hazard class 1 facilities. To date, the territorial bodies of Rostechnadzor have developed methodological guidelines, including risk maps, route maps, flowcharts, and inspection schedules for all such facilities in the mining industry.
Grigory Seleznev, the acting head of the General Industrial Supervision Department made a report on “Specifics of conducting
integrated inspections of enterprises (organizations) in the ammunition and special chemicals industry in 2019 and 2020.”
Mr. Seleznev said that the application of the integrated approach to the conduct of control and supervision actions in relation to the facilities of the ammunition industry enterprises, required the development of methodological recommendations aimed at a more detailed preparation of the inspection staff for inspections. According to the recommendations, as part of the inspection activities, training sessions have been conducted to determine the degree of preparedness of the employees of the operating organizations for localization and mitigation of accident consequences.
Dmitry Yakovlev, the head of the Legal Department, highlighted in detail the measures for the implementation of the Federal Law of July 31, 2020 No. 248-FZ “Concerning State Control (Supervision) and Municipal Control in the Russian Federation.” The topic was continued by Azat Mubarakshin, the head of the Department of Informatization, who reported on the completion of the design of the digital AIS platform of Rostechnadzor and the start of work on its making. Mr. Mubarakshin also spoke about the interim results of the experiment on pre-trial appeal against decisions of control and supervisory bodies, and actions (or inaction) of their officials. The experiment involves the Headquarters of Rostechnadzor, the Middle Volga, North Caucasus, Central, and Interregional Industrial departments. Over the period of the experiment (from August 17, 2020), Rostechnadzor received about 100 complaints, 50 of which were test ones, and the rest, as it turned out, did not fall within the competence of the Service and were sent to the competent authorities. At the same time, taking into account that there were no technical failures in working with the new mechanism for processing requests, the experiment will be expanded to the other territorial bodies of Rostechnadzor.
Alexander Khamaza, Director of Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, presented the members of the Board with the report “State of regulatory control in the field of decommissioning nuclear facilities.” Mr. Khamaza emphasized that to date, Russia has created and been maintaining an advanced system of federal rules and regulations aimed at ensuring effective safety regulation during the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and radioactive waste management, taking into account internationally recognized approaches to safe decommissioning.
The members of the Board were presented with other reports and updates.
At the end of the event, Daria Konkova, head of the Department for Civil Service and Personnel, announced a list of 24 Rostechnadzor employees awarded with state and departmental awards.