"A safety culture must be fostered to encourage a questioning and learning attitude to radiation protection and nuclear safety, and to discourage complacency" - NNR 0034
A questioning attitude plus a rigorous & prudent approach plus Communication will be a major contribution to Safety - INSAG 4
The Nuclear industry by its very nature presents a unique set of threats that, if an event or accident occurs, the ramifications can be catastrophic. Threat and Error Management plays a vital part in the development of a Safety Culture within these high-risk organizations, and the Human Factor being causal or contributing to errors cannot be ignored.
Accidents can have far reaching consequences, and personnel in the nuclear industry have to comply strictly with procedures as any deviation can have dire consequences, resulting in extensive and in-depth training. The research done in the Nuclear industry around Human Factors is extensive, and in order to focus on key topics, without diluting content, 5 different courses have been made available to students.
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Human limitations in the nuclear industry
Just as mechanical components have limitations, humans have certain capabilities and limitations that must be considered. Eg, nuts and bolts used to attach two components can withstand forces that act to pull them apart. It is clear that these bolts will eventually fail if enough force is applied to them.
The same principles apply, in that human performance is likely to degrade and eventually ‘fail’ under certain conditions such as stress.
About the Human Factor in the Nuclear Industry