NRC Looks to Adopt Safety Culture Policy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @ 06:02 PM gHale


For an organization to ensure safety and security, the concepts have to be part of the everyday way of thinking and working.

That is why the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering adopting a policy on safety culture designed to minimize human error and managerial problems at reactors across the country.

NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko said the federal agency’s draft, which they have been working on for three years, irons out key issues. It is not, however, an enforceable regulation, but rather a guide to “expectations” about how reactor employees should conduct themselves to enhance safety and security, he said.

Click here to view the draft.

The proposed policy defines safety culture as “the core values and behaviors resulting from a collective commitment by leaders and individuals to emphasize safety over competing goals to ensure protection of people and the environment.”

It also identifies nine “traits” that exemplify adherence to the policy, ranging from leadership safety values and personal accountability to effective communication and avoiding complacency buy maintaining a questioning attitude.

The commission could act on the policy within the next few weeks, said spokesman Scott Burnell.



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