United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

W21  Safety Culture Assessments—How is Culture Measured?

This panel session will explore how safety culture assessments are performed within and outside the nuclear industry.  The NRC has defined safety culture in the Safety Culture Policy Statement as “the core values and behaviors resulting from a collective commitment by leaders and individuals to emphasize safety over competing goals to ensure protection of people and the environment.”  The key to measuring safety culture is to develop an understanding of an organization’s core values and behaviors and determine how they support or detract from the safety mission.  Speakers will present their experience with assessing safety culture, discuss tools available to perform safety culture assessments, and provide insights on the importance of safety culture.  This session will encourage continuous learning by emphasizing the importance of understanding an organization’s safety culture and sharing good practices when embarking on a safety culture assessment.

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