Best Practices for Behavioral Observation Programs at Operating Power Reactors and Power Reactor Construction Sites (NUREG/CR-7183)

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Manuscript Completed: June 2014
Date Published: June 2014

Prepared by:
J. R. Crockett
S. S. Wagner
D. B. Greenhalgh

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

J. R. Crockett, Principal Investigator

P. Harris, NRC Project Manager

NRC Job Code: N4116

Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington DC 20555-0001

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This NUREG report discusses a research and comparative study sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The report identifies best practices associated with behavioral observation programs (BOPs) used by a cross section of Federal agencies and private entities, discusses the need for effective BOPs at power reactors, and power reactor construction sites, and presents insights and recommendations to improve BOP performance.

The observations and recommendations identified in this report will inform the NRC’s regulatory inspection, licensing, and oversight of activities at NRC-licensed facilities during the application, construction, and operational phases. The results will also help inform applicants and licensees of best practices for BOPs. As a result, applicants and licensees have an opportunity to implement enhanced policies, procedures, and training to improve their identification of personnel unfit for duty or behaving in a manner that warrants additional attention and to efficiently and effectively conduct behavioral observations without undue burden. The outcome of this report contributes to reasonable assurance that NRC licensee facility operation and construction activities will not be inimical to public health and safety or the common defense and security.

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