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Current Issues in Nuclear Safety Regulation

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Dr Andy Hall is a Deputy Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations in the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), an Agency of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). He is currently leading the ONR ’s technical activities to learn lessons from the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. Andy has held a variety of posts since he joined HSE ’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) in 1988. Starting with technical assessments of PWR severe accident analyses, he then moved to Magnox reactor fault analysis. He has undertaken policy work on international harmonization of nuclear safety standards, and was site inspector for the Magnox nuclear power station at Bradwell during its operational phase. He has led various Units including a technical assessment unit for the Sellafield, Dounreay and Magnox nuclear reactor sites, and a site inspection unit responsible for the nuclear safety regulation of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) and the PWR at Sizewell B. He has most recently been Deputy Chief Inspector and Head of the Nuclear Directorate’s Nuclear Power Reactors Division, Head of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Decommissioning Division, and Head of HSE ’s Nuclear and Hazardous Installations Policy Division. Prior to joining NII , Andy worked in the Safety & Reliability Directorate of the UK Atomic Energy Authority undertaking research and technical analyses on severe nuclear reactor accidents, including the Chernobyl accident. Before this he was an academic and undertook seven years post-graduate and post-doctoral research in astrophysics, having graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class Honours degree in physics and a Doctorate in theoretical astrophysics. He was a Fellow and Member of Governing Body of St. Edmund Hall, one of the Colleges of Oxford University, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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