ANAV's policies

ANAV has defined the organizational policies that guarantee the compliance of the mission, vision and values of the Association (Revision, 2017)

The Safety Policy is a priority at ANAV, which is why the following principles are promoted and strengthened:

  • Safety is a collective responsibility.
  • Safety is the main focus.
  • Facts, words and attitudes by individuals and the organization confirm this priority.
  • Directors, managers and supervisors foster a safety conscious work environment.
  • Clear prioritization mechanisms are established with the aim to visualize and assess safety before any other attribute.
  • The principles of a strong and positive safety culture prevail.

The Nuclear Safety Policy is based on the following principle:

  • Promoting excellence to protect workers and the public against risks resulting from ionizing radiations. Such protection will be ensured by implementing conditions that favor adequate operation, prevent accidents and mitigate their potential consequences.

The Radiation Protection Policy is based on the following principles:

  • Preventing the generation of deterministic biological effects through the establishment of low enough dose limits, with the aim to ensure the thresholds for such effects are never reached.
  • Limiting the likelihood of stochastic effect occurrence, ensuring the values for station personnel and the public in general remain acceptable. To do that, all justified exposures should be kept as low as reasonably achievable, keeping economic and social factors into consideration.

The Preventive Policy is as follows:

  • Promoting occupational health and safety as a priority principle, taking into consideration the common efforts of company individuals at all times.
  • Fostering a type of commitment that prevents damages and health deterioration.
  • Ensuring commitment to continuous management improvement and Occupational Health and Safety performance.
  • Complying strictly with existing occupational health and safety regulations, as well as with other commitments subscribed by the company, going beyond statutory requirements.
  • Integrating prevention in the set of activities at all hierarchical levels, as an additional responsibility associated to management actions.
  • Promoting attitudes and behaviors that favor the improvement of work conditions.
  • Ensuring the participation of all company employees to achieve the goal of continuous improvement in occupational health and safety.

ANAV’s Environmental Policy is based on the commitment of the entire Organization to prevent pollution, protect the environment, preserve biodiversity, promote innovation and eco-efficiency and achieve zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

ANAV’s senior management undertakes the commitment of ensuring a successful implementation of the Environment Management System, by means of a clearly defined structure in the area of Environment and Sustainability, in line with the following action principles:

  • Complying with existing environmental regulations and other voluntarily subscribed requirements.
  • Having specific environmental budgets.
  • Implementing an Environmental Management System that should be kept updated and commensurate with Organizational resources, protecting and preserving the environment, being economically efficient and reviewing processes periodically.
  • Referring to the establishment of environmental objectives and goals, setting up surveillance and compliance controls, as well as implementing in-house and external audits.
  • Identifying and reducing environmental risks, controlling and reducing conventional and nuclear discharges and waste, as well as minimizing environmental impacts associated to our business activity.
  • Preventing the occurrence of environmental risks and minimizing their consequences.
  • Optimizing the consumption of natural resources by promoting sustainable usage and implementing sound environmental practices.
  • Improving the Environmental Management System on an ongoing basis to ensure sustainable development, as well as planning the decision-making process of senior management, with an approach that is preventive and integrates available technical upgrades.
  • Keeping environmental information documented and updated, communicating it within the organization and making it available to the public and administrations.
  • Training company personnel in aspects relating to the environment, with the aim to foster sustainable development, as well as environmental protection and respect.
  • Requesting ANAV collaborators to implement environmental policies and commit to the organization’s environmental principles.
  • Fostering respect for nature, biodiversity and historical-artistic heritage in the environment around ANAV sites.

ANAV’s Security and Logics Policy is based on the following principles:

  • Providing protection against theft, burglary or misappropriation of nuclear materials and radioactive sources during their usage, storage and transport.
  • Ensuring the application of measures to locate and when applicable recuperate, lost or stolen nuclear material or radioactive sources.
  • Protecting nuclear facilities, nuclear materials and radioactive sources against sabotage or any other illegal action that could have radiological consequences or affect or alter normal station performance.
  • Mitigating or minimizing the radiological consequences of sabotage.
  • Developing and establishing strategies to define action lines focused on the mitigation of cyber-threats.
  • Reducing the risk factor of logical threats.
  • Developing a set of strategic procedures and guidelines to implement controls and launch actions in case of safety incident occurrence.
  • Integrating Cyber-security as part of the safety culture already shared by the entire workforce at ANAV.

The Quality Policy of ANAV is based on the following principles:

  • Capturing, understanding and addressing expectations, needs and commitments with stakeholders (owner companies, regulatory agency, staff and collaborating companies, insurance companies, national, regional and local governments, nuclear industry, the public and suppliers).
  • Communication conceived as a commitment to transparency, trust and credibility is paramount for the framework of relationships.
  • Moving forward towards excellence through continuous improvement of processes and activities, with periodic evaluations, identification of areas for improvement and definition of strategies and programs.
  • Leading and supporting actions to identify and apply the best industrial standards and practices in Safety and Quality management.
  • Promoting an Integrated Management System with a special focus on Safety reinforcement.
  • Developing and promoting personnel engagement, responsibility, commitment, accountability and teamwork.
  • Ensuring the quality and efficient results of processes and products.
  • Deploying programs and actions enabling employees to know, internalize and implement such principles, so as to comply with current regulations, applicable requirements and organizational targets.

The Risk Management Policy is based on the following principles:

  • Prioritizing nuclear and radiological risks.
  • Determining the level of acceptable risk to guarantee basic compliance with targets, maximize profitability and preserve assets managed by ANAV.
  • Ensuring that risk-related decisions are made at the right hierarchical level, with Senior Management being actively involved in the risk control and management system.
  • Ensuring that risk management is embedded in all processes associated to organizational objectives and that such management is adequate.
  • Implementing and promoting an integrated Risk Management system within the organization, allocating the necessary resources and measuring continuous improvement process efficiency periodically.

The Material Condition Policy is based on the following principle:

  • Maintaining assets in excellent material conditions, on the basis of the following four elements:
  • Maintenance oriented to the reliability of structures, systems and components.
  • Prompt resolution of deficiencies in the operational facilities.
  • Long-term management of assets’ service life.
  • Housekeeping in building cubicles and external areas.

The Effectiveness and Efficiency Policy for economic management is based on the following principles:

  • Allocating and assigning resources that prioritize safe and reliable long-term operation of the premises.
  • Reaching efficient and effective management, a term that implies adherence to budgets, production schedules and programs in line with actual needs; this is a guideline that needs to be applied, not conflicting with the safe and reliable long-term operation of the premises.

The Human Resources Policy is based on the following principles:

  • Having the team needed to carry out all ANAV processes, with the aim to ensure the company’s mission is met.
  • Ensuring that all personnel working in the organization acquires the knowledge, skills and abilities required to carry out their work professionally.
  • Aligning personal attitudes and behaviors to the expectations laid out in the documents.