Marta Viarenchykava from Belarus took the 2014 session of ENSTTI’s Induction Course. Meanwhile, Satine Vardanyan from
Armenia and Vladimir Achmedov from Lithuania attended the course devoted to radiation protection and confinement. All
three trainees report on why they enrolled and how such training helped enhance their awareness of the complexity of
safety and radiation protection issues.
“Gosatomnadzor (GAN) is a regulatory body of the Republic of Belarus. It is responsible for state surveillance and control
of the application of legislation in the sphere of nuclear and radiation safety. I work as a lead specialist in the Sub-Division
of Nuclear Installations Safety Analysis and specialize in probabilistic safety assessment. Due to the construction of an
NPP in the Ostrovets district of northwestern Belarus, GAN regularly applies to ENSTTI to help train its staff and increase
their competencies, especially in the case of newcomers who have just started their professional lives in this unique field.
I was lucky to be able to take part in ENSTTI’s Induction Course this spring, which made me realize the complexity of the
“nuclear safety” concept, the relationships between its components and the importance of each one. Our lecturers came
from various regulators, operators and technical support organizations (TSOs), giving me many perspectives on the issues.
As the participants in the course were from 15 different countries, I was able to understand two important things: first,
nuclear safety is a problem that requires the effort and cooperation of the entire world community; and secondly, there
may be differences in the implementation of common approaches and interactions between the regulator, the TSO and the
operator in each country. The acquired knowledge and communication with experts in the field of nuclear safetyhelped me
understand my role better and the importance of GAN’s activity.”