Human aspects is a multidisciplinary approach to nuclear safety that includes human and organisational factors and the promotion of a healthy nuclear safety culture.
The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was established by the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) in 2000 and serves as a platform for understanding and enhancing stakeholder engagement in the field of radioactive waste (RW) management solutions. The FSC also supports the Committee on Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations and Legacy Management (CDLM) as of 2019. A stakeholder is defined as any actor – institution, group or individual – with an interest or a role to play in the radioactive waste management process. The FSC provides a setting for direct stakeholder exchange in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning.
The main mission of the Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) is to improve the understanding and technical basis for treating 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 NEA member countries.
The Working Group in Public Communication of Nuclear Regulatory Organisations (WGPC) provides a forum for nuclear regulatory organisation communicators and outreach officers to exchange information, experience, and practices. It also aims to exchange views regarding the policies of nuclear regulatory organisations in the area of public communication and identify ways of promoting efficient collaboration between member-countries.
The CNRA believes in the importance of having a working group dedicated to safety culture. The Working Group on Safety Culture (WGSC) provides a senior level regulatory forum for exchanging information and experiences and engages in work to ensure that the safety culture of the regulatory body and wider interconnected system have a positive impact on safety.
The goal of the NEA in this area is to assist member countries in their efforts to enhance focus on the human aspects of nuclear safety. This is achieved by improving the understanding and the technical basis for treating elements associated with safety culture, human and organisational factors, and personnel training policies and practices. It also includes public communication and stakeholder engagement regarding nuclear safety, waste management and related issues.