Nuclear Safety Culture workshop

- Project Review
- Introduction of the Project Leaders

Safety Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities

Nuclear Safety Culture

FNCA 2001 Workshop on Nuclear Safety Culture


1) Date : September 10-14, 2001
2) Place : Tokyo, Japan
3) Sponsored by : Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
4) In Cooperation with :  Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF)
5) Attendance : 26 participants from Australia (3), China (1), Indonesia (2), Japan (15),
Korea (1), Malaysia (1), The Philippines (1), Thailand (1), Viet Nam (1)

Reports and Discussions

1)The Main Topics of the Workshop
   a) Reporting against the 6 safety culture activity indicators
  b) Reporting training courses in safety culture
  c) Reporting against the Nuclear Safety Convention Articles
  d) Working groups on organizational factors, training, publicity and peer reviews
  e) Lessons learned from the accidents at TMI and the source accident in Thailand
  f) Discussion on future activities

2) Outcomes
   a) Visits to JAERI and Hamaoka nuclear power plant provided insights on ways of implementing safety culture.
  b) Web site, developed by Australia, was considered a useful way to exchange information and countries were requested to provide links to their own web sites, when available.
  c) Progress had occurred in safety culture implementation and development of new initiatives from the last workshop in the reports against the indicators.
  d) The 11 benchmarks were considered to be important in assessing the level of implementation of safety culture in an organization. All countries agreed to report against these benchmarks at the next workshop.
  e) Those countries that had not yet done so were encouraged to report against the indicators for a typical research reactor.
  f) The workshop recognized that complacency and too rigid or unthinking adherence to rules could lead to a situation where safety culture might decline. Every country was urged to consider what mechanisms it might put in place to identify and arrest any signs of decline.
  g) Several countries had indicated the importance of having systems for learning from experience. In Japan, direct benefit was received from applying lessons learned after the TMI accident.

3) Future Activities
   a) The participants agreed to publish the outcomes and findings of the safety culture workshops in a booklet. Australia undertook to produce a draft by February 2002. The workshop recommended that FNCA Coordinators considered the publication of this booklet in the languages of the member countries.
  b) The workshop recommended a peer review process to foster safety culture in research reactors by identifying good practices and areas for improvement. Australia and Japan undertook to produce a draft report for peer review by the end of January 2002. The workshop further recommended that this topic and possible follow-up visits to specific reactors should be discussed by the FNCA Coordinators.
  c) The next workshop should be held in Viet Nam or Korea to allow more people from that country to participate in the workshop.

Participants in the 2001 Workshop
Participants in the 2001 Workshop

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