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Outreach and Education Materials

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The NRC staff maintain outreach materials that can be used to educate stakeholders about safety culture and the NRC's Safety Culture Policy Statement. In addition to the Federal Register Notice containing the Final Safety Culture Policy Statement, a brochure and poster are also available.

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Photo of colapsible, cardboard pop-ups available, which are convenient desktop references for the Safety Culture Policy Statement definition and traits; they are hexagon shaped with information on each side of the various colored tabsNRC staff also have pop-ups available (pictured to the right), which are convenient desktop references for the Safety Culture Policy Statement definition and traits. Please contact safety culture staff for more information.

 

 

NRC-Developed Safety Culture Case Studies

cover image of an issue of the Safety Culture Communicator newsletter which highlights various case studies
The NRC has developed Safety Culture Case Studies to provide real-life events where review of the circumstances surrounding the event and the results of the investigations found clear examples of the role that safety culture played in contributing to or in lessening the causes and consequences of the event.

These case studies are learning tools. Those responsible for regulating or using radioactive material in a safe and secure manner should not become complacent and should be open to learning from the mistakes and the problems others have faced in an effort to prevent recurrences. The case studies that will be selected for this initiative represent a breadth of industries, including energy, medical, and transportation.

The NRC has also developed a Safety Culture Case Study User Guide to help individuals and organizations use the various case studies more effectively, providing them with a better understanding of why a strong safety culture and safety-first focus are critically important. It is recommended that you review the User Guide prior to reviewing the case studies.

Currently available Case Studies:

Additional case studies are under development and will be added as they are completed.

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Safety Culture Journey

cover image of a copy of the Safety Culture Journey newsletter - this educational tool reflects an organization's journey towards a positive safety culture
After reading the Safety Culture Case Studies describing how an accident occurred due, in part, to a weak safety culture, the NRC was asked: "What happened next?" Readers wanted to know how the organization assessed safety culture, what corrective actions and new initiatives they took, and how they began to make improvements in safety culture. The NRC developed Safety Culture Journey in response to these questions. This educational tool reflects an organization's journey towards a positive safety culture.

 

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Safety Culture Trait Talk

cover image of a copy of the Safety Culture Trait Talk newsletter - an educational tool developed to provide a better understanding of the nine safety culture traits found in the NRC's Safety Culture Policy Statement
Trait Talk is an educational tool developed to provide a better understanding of the nine safety culture traits found in the NRC's Safety Culture Policy Statement. Each Trait Talk is a four-page brochure that provides more information on a specific safety culture trait by describing why the trait is important for a positive safety culture, examples of behaviors and attitudes associated with the trait, and scenarios illustrating how the trait may play a role in an organization's safety culture.

Safety Culture Educational Resource

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The Safety Culture Educational Resource on the Safety Culture Policy Statement was developed as a training tool for licensees, vendors and Agreement States.  This resource includes the nine Trait Talks, the Metro Case Study and the Metro Journey (all previously individually published on the Safety Culture Web page) along with study questions and the Policy Statement FRN.  This resource provides the licensees with a comprehensive understanding of the policy statement and how they can put its principles into action in their daily activities.

 

 

 

Safety Culture Outreach Activities

As part of ongoing outreach activities associated with the Safety Culture Policy Statement, NRC staff give presentations about safety culture at internal and external meetings and conferences. A table listing outreach activities from 2010 to the most recent quarter are included in the following links:

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Safety Culture Policy Statement Outreach Effectiveness Survey

Photo of Cover of the Safety Culture Policy Statement Outreach Effectiveness ReportThe NRC engaged LinkVisum Consulting Group to conduct a survey to assess the effectiveness of the NRC Safety Culture Policy Statement education and outreach for its licensees and the licensees of Agreement States. The survey questions, methodology, results, and recommendations are included in the NRC Safety Culture Survey Effectiveness Outreach Final Report and Supplement.

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U.S. NRC Safety Culture Oversight

In February 2016, the U.S. NRC presented a paper at a conference on The Thirty Years of Safety Culture, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria. ABSTRACT: The NRC recognizes that it is important for all organizations performing or overseeing regulated activities to establish and maintain a positive safety culture commensurate with the safety and security significance of their activities and the nature and complexity of their organizations and functions. The NRC's approach to safety culture is based on the premise that licensees bear the primary responsibility for safety. The NRC provides oversight of safety culture through expectations detailed in policy statements, safety culture assessor training for NRC inspectors, the oversight processes, and the Allegations and Enforcement Programs.

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Safety Culture during Decommissioning: 2017 Regulatory Information Conference (RIC)


Photo of Cover of the Safety Culture: During Decommissioning of Nuclear Power ReactorsMaintaining a strong safety culture during the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant is a challenge faced by a growing number of licensees. As more plants begin preparation for decommissioning, it is important to ensure that safety remains a priority. Changes in staffing and work processes, along with new financial and political pressures, create an environment at risk for emerging safety concerns. It is essential that safety culture continues to be fostered and maintained throughout this phase. The panel at the 2017 RIC, Diane Sieracki (NRC), Stewart Yuen (Dominion – Kewaunee), Coley Chappell (Entergy – Vermont Yankee), and Andrew Orrell (IAEA), provided presentations on safety culture during decommissioning. An educational resource was also provided.


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  • Educational resource (NRC)   "Safety Culture during Decommissioning"
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  • Diane Sieracki (NRC)   "Safety Culture and Decommissioning"
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  • Stewart Yuen (Dominion)   "Maintaining a Strong Safety Culture after Shutdown"
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  • Coley Chappell (Entergy)   "Safety Culture in Decommissioning:  Vermont Yankee Experience"
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  • Andrew Orrell (IAEA)   "Safety Culture and the IAEA International Perspectives"

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    Safety Culture in the ROP Training Resource – Text Version

    NRR developed an on-line training module for NRC Inspectors on Safety Culture in the Reactor Oversight Process (ROP). The content has been converted into a word document. This document: 1) defines safety culture; 2) discusses why safety culture is important; 3) describes the safety culture cross-cutting aspects in the ROP; and 4) describes the treatment of safety culture in the ROP baseline and supplemental inspection programs. Further, this document includes discussion of the Safety Culture Policy Statement and several case studies.

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    U.S. NRC Safety and Security – Policy and Oversight

    In November 2017, the U.S. NRC provided a paper, USNRC: Safety and Security – Policy and Oversight, for an International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria. This paper discusses how the NRC addresses safety and security for NRC licensees, applicants and vendors through policies, programs, and regulations, including the Safety Culture Policy Statement (SCPS), the Reactor Oversight Process (ROP), and the Allegation and Enforcement programs. This paper also describes how the SCPS addresses both safety and security, and how safety and security performance is assessed through the ROP for operating power reactors, and through the Allegation and Enforcement programs for material users and vendors, as well as operating power reactors. Finally, this paper includes illustrative examples of security/safeguards inspection findings tagged to ROP safety culture aspects, and security/safeguard findings resulting in Alternative Dispute

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