Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF)

The main mission of this group 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. In order to advance these aims, the group:


Mandate

The main mission of the NEA 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 working group shall report to the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) and assist that committee with its work. The working group shall prepare an integrated plan for its activities consistent with the mandate as well as proposed CSNI safety issues and shall update this at regular intervals. The group will also collaborate with, and respond to requests from, the Committee for Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) and other CSNI working groups. The WGHOF programme of work will be approved by CSNI.

In delivering its mission, the WGHOF will seek to address the challenges identified in the joint CSNI/CNRA Strategic Plan and to implement the CSNI Operating Plan. The WGHOF will:


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


Recent reports

Publications

CSNI Technical Opinion Papers – No 12 (2009) Avis Techniques du CSIN No. 5 : Gestion et réglementation du changement organisationnel  
Research on Human Factors in New Nuclear Plant Technology

CSNI Technical Opinion Papers – No 11 (2009) Avis Techniques du CSIN No. 5 : Gestion et réglementation du changement organisationnel  
Better Nuclear Plant Maintenance: Improving Human and Organisational Performance

CSNI Technical Opinion Papers – No 10 (2009) Avis Techniques du CSIN No. 5 : Gestion et réglementation du changement organisationnel  
The Role of Human and Organisational Factors in Nuclear Power Plant Modifications

CSNI Technical Opinion Papers - No. 5 (2004) Avis Techniques du CSIN No. 5 : Gestion et réglementation du changement organisationnel
Managing and Regulating Organisational Change in Nuclear Installations

Publications produced with a WGHOF contribution

Nuclear Regulatory Challenges Related to Human Performance
(2004)

Reports

Systematic Approches to Safety Management
NEA/CSNI/R(2006)1

Workshop proceedings

To obtain a copy of any proceedings you can also contact the NEA Secretariat (due to the large file size).

Maintaining Oversight of Licensee Safety Culture - Methods and Approaches
Chester, UK, 21-23 May 2007
NEA/CSNI/R(2008)10

Future Control Station Designs and Human Performance Issues in Nuclear Power Plants
Halden, Norway, 8-10 May 2006
NEA/CSNI/R(2007)8

Better Nuclear Plant Maintenance: Improving Human and Organisational Performance
3-5 October 2005, Ottawa, Canada
NEA/CSNI/R(2006)7

Modifications at Nuclear Power Plants - Operating Experience, Safety Significance and the Role of Human Factors and Organisation
6-8 October 2003, Paris, France
NEA/CSNI/R(2004)17

Scientific Approaches to Safety Management
8-10 April 2003, Paris, France
NEA/CSNI/R(2003)14

Regulatory Aspects of the Management of Change
10-12 September 2001, Chester, UK
NEA/CSNI/R(2002)20


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Last reviewed: 22 July 2010