Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF)

Programme of work

The main mission of the Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) is to improve the understanding and treatment of human and organisational factors within the nuclear industry in order to support the continued safety performance of nuclear installations and improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices in member countries.

The group reports to the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI). The group collaborates with and responds to requests from the CNRA and other working groups of the CSNI. The group also establishes arrangements with other international organisations operating in the same area for the purpose of identifying and creating synergy and avoiding duplication. The group may also consider relevant information and co-operate with non-nuclear organisations when appropriate.

Work in progress or recently finished

Ongoing WGHOF discussion topics also include: advanced reactors; recent events with and the role for human and operational factors; investigation of incidents; and operator competence.

WGHOF workshops

Human Performance and the Operation of New Nuclear Plant Technology
Washington, DC, USA, 1-3 March 2010

Justifying the Suitability of Nuclear Licensee Organisational Structures, Resources and Competencies
Uppsala, Sweden, 8-10 September 2008

Maintaining Oversight of Licensee Safety Culture - Methods and Approaches
Chester, United Kingdom, 21-23 May 2007

Better Nuclear Plant Maintenance: Improving Human and Organisational Performance
3-5 October 2005, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Related links

WGHOF overview

WGHOF mandate

WGHOF recent reports

Working Group on Risk Assessment

Working Group on Operating Experience

Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) overview

Last reviewed: 21 February 2010