CERN’s research infrastructure requires a whole set of safety and environmental protection rules, in order to fulfil the safety policy of the Organization. With many facilities containing potentially combustible materials, one of the main safety concerns is fire.
To assess the risks relating to fire and, in particular, to the release of radioactive substances as a consequence of fire, the CERN HSE unit has introduced the FIRIA (Fire-Induced Radiological Integrated Assessment) project, managed by the HSE Fire Safety Engineering team. FIRIA’s objective is to develop a general integrated risk assessment methodology and to use it for a number of CERN’s facilities.
Moreover, a workshop titled "An engineering perspective on risk assessment: from theory to practice" was held at CERN in November 2018. The aim of the workshop was to share knowledge among risk assessment researchers and practitioners on different types of hazards and to raise awareness on this topic. The workshop included talks on quantitative risk analysis, risk acceptance criteria and uncertainty in risk assessment, as well as optimisation and cost-effectiveness of risk mitigation.