Draft Details

Designation:CSA N290.12
Contact name:Eve Stencel
Review start date:Dec 28, 2022
Review end date:Feb 28, 2023
Contact email:thuy.ton(at)csagroup.org
Draft Scope/Description:

1.1 Inclusions

This Standard covers HF in design for existing and new NPPs.


1) This Standard applies to new designs or modifications, large and small, temporary and permanent, to internally and externally engineered solutions, and to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.

2) Some SSCs might not require any HF in design activities and can be excluded from the scope as per the graded approach in Clause 4.2.

3) This Standard may provide guidance for nuclear facilities other than NPPs, using a graded approach.

1.2 Lifecycle phases and plant activities

This Standard covers HF in design activities related to site preparation, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, inspection, testing, and decommissioning.

1.3 Applicable plant states

This Standard applies to HF in design for the following plant states:

a) normal operation;

b) anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs);

c) design basis accidents (DBAs); and

d) design extension conditions (DEC) as a subset of beyond design basis accidents (BDBAs).

1.4 Application of HF in design

HF in design applies to the entire system design, including human-system interfaces (HSIs).
Note: Examples include the design of plant layouts, control areas, panels, annunciation, communication systems, displays, and field equipment.

1.5 Extent of HF in design

HF in design includes and extends beyond nuclear systems of nuclear power plants (NPPs).
Note: Examples include balance of plant, fuel handling, engineered tooling, waste management systems, offsite emergency centre, and emergency equipment.

1.6 Terminology

In this Standard, “shall” is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; “should” is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and “may” is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

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