ASN adapts it inspections and its operations to the situation created by the Coronavirus epidemic
ASN is working closely with the nuclear licensees and activity managers to analyse the nuclear safety and radiation protection consequences of the measures taken to deal with the ongoing health emergency. These measures concern: management of the workforce present and their authorisations, management of activities during facility shutdowns, the safeguarding of certain sites, the steps taken in hospitals to guarantee the continuity of treatment for patients and so on.
To enable the health professionals to focus on the health response to the epidemic, ASN is, until further notice, suspending its inspections in medical facilities carrying out nuclear activities, barring certain exceptions.
Finally, to contribute to the reduction of risk for its staff as a result of the current situation, ASN has triggered the red level of its business continuity plan: all staff are now teleworking, document exchanges with nuclear activity managers will whenever possible be electronic, and investigations and assessments will be performed remotely, if necessary by means of audio or video-conferencing.
The ASN on-call system, which is activated in the event of an emergency, remains unchanged.
This organisation could be revised according to how the situation develops.