NRC Inspector Field Observation Best Practices (NUREG/BR-0326, Revision 1)

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Date Published: August 2009

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) developed this booklet for new inspectors. In user-friendly language, this booklet provides guidance and contains tips for an effective inspection. In writing this booklet, the author sought to combine information from veteran inspectors with best practices from all four NRC regions.

NOTE: This guidance is not intended to be all inclusive, but rather to supplement existing inspection procedures, to heighten inspector awareness of some common inspection attributes, and to improve the effectiveness of plant walkdowns. Official agency guidance or policy is promulgated in NRC's Inspection Manual.

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