Mankind is put on notice by Stephen Hawking, the Nobel-winning physicist, who warned against our heedlessly rushing to a nuclear extinction, among other things. We all know that nuclear power plants are out of bounds for anyone without a security clearance and the reason for the many stringent precautions is not far to seek. After all, every nuclear energy company needs to schedule and manage its annual planned nuclear plant outages for cleaning, repair and maintenance when the fuel needs replacement while the valves and pipes get tested and repaired.
Such short-term assignments pose many challenges to any nuclear energy plant because it needs to:
Most use highly skilled contingent labor to perform these services and leave once the maintenance is done. The challenge lies in ensuring that all this is managed, without compromising any of its security and safety standards.
Outage workers are “specialists” with specific skill sets related to maintaining, cleaning and repairing nuclear reactors. They’re different from the regular nuclear power plant operators and they come in only during periods of lower power demand, like fall season. Most nuclear power companies establish long-term relationships with “contracting companies” to handle outage related contract jobs. Why?
A Vendor Management System (VMS) helps businesses manage contingent workers, but not all systems can claim equal competence. Can your VMS incorporate the plant policy, co-ordination of available resources, nuclear safety, regulatory and technical requirements and all activities and work hazards, before and during the outage, through its management of the contingent workforces brought on board to perform the maintenance?
Read on to learn how these would prove indispensable given the peculiar needs and challenges faced by your business.
Make sure that your VMS has the following capabilities:
If you’re a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Procurement Officer with a nuclear energy company planning to shop for or upgrade your VMS, do you insist on having these capabilities in your VMS?
Also check out DCR’s guidance on the 7 steps you should be taking to improve efficiencies during your next outage!
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