ASN Report 2022

dialogue. It is also responsible for ASN real estate policy and its logistical and material resources. It is in charge of implementing the ASN budget policy and ensures optimised use of its financial resources. The SG comprises three offices: “Human Resources”, “Budget and Finance”, “Logistics and Real Estate”. ∙ The Management and Expertise Office (MEA) provides ASN with a high level of expertise and identifies the areas where knowledge is needed in the field of research. It ensures that ASN’s actions are coherent, by means of a quality approach and by overseeing coordination of the workforce. The MEA comprises eight members in charge of expert assessment, relations with IRSN, research, quality, archival and transmission of knowledge. The MEA is in charge of overseeing the research network and the quality network at ASN. ∙ The Oversight Support Office (MSC) ensures that the inspections carried out by ASN are pertinent, harmonised, effective and in line with ASN’s values. For this purpose, it more particularly coordinates the processes involved in drawing up and monitoring the ASN programme of inspections and checks on the approved organisations of the departments. ASN regional divisions For many years, ASN has benefited from a regional organisation built around its eleven regional divisions. These regional divisions operate under the authority of the regional representatives. The Director of the Dreal or of the Drieat in which the division in question is located, takes on this responsibility as regional representative. He/she is placed at the disposal of ASN to fulfil this role. This person is delegated with power of signature by the ASN Chairman for decisions at the local level. The regional divisions carry out most of the direct inspections on the BNIs, on radioactive substance transport operations and on small-scale nuclear activities, and review most of the authorisation applications filed with ASN by the nuclear activity managers within their regions. They are organised into two to four hubs, depending on the activities to be regulated in their territory. In emergency situations, the regional divisions assist the Prefect, who is in charge of protecting the general public, and, as applicable, the defence zone Prefect, and supervise the operations carried out to ensure the safety of the facility on the site. In order to prepare these situations, they take part in drawing up the emergency plans drafted by the Prefects and in periodic emergency exercises. The regional divisions contribute to ASN’s public information duty. They for example take part in the meetings of the Local Information Committees (CLIs) and maintain regular relations with the local media, elected officials, associations, licensees and local administrations. 2.3.3 Operation Human resources As at 31 December 2022, ASN’s overall workforce stood at 516, distributed between the head office departments (297 staff), the regional divisions (217 staff) and various international organisations (2 staff). This workforce can be further broken down as follows: ∙ 458 tenured or contract staff members; ∙ 58 staff members seconded by public establishments (National Radioactive Waste Management Agency – Andra, Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission – CEA, IRSN, Departmental Fire and Emergency Response Service). ASN utilises a diversified hiring policy with the aim of ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of the qualified and complementary human resources needed to perform its duties. Skills management Alongside independence, transparency and rigorousness, competence is one of the core values at ASN. The tutor system, initial and continuing training, whether general, linked to nuclear techniques, the field of communication, or legal matters, as well as day-to-day practices, are essential aspects of the professionalism of ASN staff. Management of ASN personnel skills is built primarily around a qualifying technical training programme tailored to each staff member, based on professional training requirements that include minimum experience conditions. Pursuant to the provisions of Article L. 592‑22 and L. 592‑23 of the Environment Code, which notably state that “[ASN] appoints the nuclear safety […] and radiation protection inspectors from among its staff” and Decree 2007‑831 of 11 May 2007 setting out the procedures for appointing and qualifying nuclear safety inspectors, which states that “the nuclear safety inspectors and staff responsible for inspecting nuclear pressure equipment […] are chosen according to their professional experience and their legal and technical knowledge”, ASN has set up a formalised process leading to the From left to right: R. Zmyslony, N. Khater, B. Lauras, G. Lafforgue‑Marmet, M. Riquart, C. Perier, A. Neveu, S. Garnier and M. Champion (not in photo: E. Jambu et A. Baltzer) THE REGIONAL DIVISION HEADS 130 ASN Report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2022 • 02 • The principles of nuclear safety and radiation protection and the regulation and oversight stakeholders 02