Conduct of Radiological Work
PART 5 Evaluation of Performance
During the conduct of radiological work and the handling of radioactive materials, abnormal events may occur which
could indicate a weakness or area of programmatic breakdown of radiological controls. Prompt, consistent gathering of
facts related to such events is required to satisfy reporting and investigation requirements and to formulate corrective
actions to prevent recurrence. In addition, successful performance or completion of unique activities should be evaluated
to identify and incorporate appropriate lessons learned.
Analysis of the facts should reveal areas where improvements can be made or where methods can be identified to prevent
the recurrence of undesired results.
351 Conduct of Critiques
Critiques are meetings of the individuals knowledgeable about an event (either a success or an abnormal event) to
document a chronological listing of the facts. The purpose of the critique is not to assign blame, but to establish and
record the facts.
Critiques should be conducted for successes and abnormal events.
Critique leaders should be trained in the required elements of the critique process and the appropriate methods of
conducting and controlling the critique.
Critique meetings should be conducted as soon as practicable after the event or situation is stabilized, or after a
successful evolution is completed. Critiques of abnormal events should preferably be conducted before involved
personnel leave for the day.
At a minimum, the general critique process should include the following elements:
Formal meetings, chaired by a critique leader
Attendance by all members of the work force who can contribute
Personal statement forms completed by selected personnel before the meeting
Minutes, recorded and signed by the critique leader and all contributors
Pertinent personal statements from individuals involved in the event, signed and attached to the meeting
A listing of the facts in chronological order
Supporting materials, including documents, records, photographs, parts, and logs, maintained by the critique
Evaluation of complex evolutions or events may require multiple critiques.
352 Post-Job Reviews
Performance should be reviewed after completion of non-routine radiological work. Requirements for post-job
reviews should be delineated in the site-specific radiological control manual.