The Covid-19 pandemic not only poses a major challenge to society, but has an impact on the operation of nuclear facilities too. In response to industry pressure to maintain normal output during the Covid-19 pandemic, nuclear regulators are relaxing requirements in many areas including maintenance, inspection and work-time limitations. Nuclear regulatory authorities are currently unable to carry out all planned inspections, as these pose risks to employees.
INRAG has published a working paper (link ) which shows the procedure in different countries and discusses possible consequences. INRAG points out that the pandemic must not lead to any reduction in nuclear safety standards.
The International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) was founded in 2014 at BOKU and is located at the Institute for Safety and Risk Sciences. The INRAG is a network of experts that bundles and makes available expertise on nuclear issues.