systems is generally governed by federal requirements (e.g., communication
systems used for life safety). The test periodicity for non-emergency
communication systems should correlate to the risk associated with not being able
to use the communication system. In addition, a test of a communication system
should be performed prior to conducting procedures that require use of the system,
and anytime system operability is in doubt. A physical inspection of all
also be performed.
A check of all facility areas should be periodically performed to make certain that
facility personnel can be alerted to emergency conditions. As part of the operability
check of the emergency communication system, personnel throughout the facility
should make reports to the control area, acknowledging an acceptable test.
The following external emergency communication systems/paths should be
Communications between the facility and DOE
Communications between the facility and state and local government
Communications between the control area and offsite facility support
centers, if they exist.