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Title: Organizational safety factors research lessons learned

This Paper reports lessons learned and state of knowledge gained from an organizational factors research activity involving commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, through the end of 1991, as seen by the scientists immediately involved in the research. Lessons learned information was gathered from the research teams and individuals using a question and answer format. The following five questions were submitted to each team and individual: (1) What organizational factors appear to influence safety performance in some systematic way, (2) Should organizational factors research focus at the plant level, or should it extend beyond the plant level to the parent company, rate setting commissions, regulatory agencies, (3) How important is having direct access to plants for doing organizational factors research, (4) What lessons have been learned to date as the result of doing organizational factors research in a nuclear regulatory setting, and (5) What organizational research topics and issues should be pursued in the future? Conclusions based on the responses provided for this report are that organizational factors research can be conducted in a regulatory setting and produce useful results. Technologies pioneered in other academic, commercial, and military settings can be adopted for use in a nuclear regulatorymore » setting. The future success of such research depends upon the cooperation of regulators, contractors, and the nuclear industry.« less
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
114664
Report Number(s):
INEL--95/00080; CONF-950434--4
ON: DE96001626; TRN: 95:023346
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International topical meeting on safety culture in nuclear installations, Vienna (Austria), 24-28 Apr 1995; Other Information: PBD: [1995]
Research Org:
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; 22 NUCLEAR REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; SAFETY; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; PERFORMANCE; ORGANIZATIONAL MODELS; PLANNING; RECOMMENDATIONS