Safety Culture Common Language (NUREG-2165)

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Manuscript Completed: February 2014
Date Published:
March 2014

Prepared by:
Molly Keefe1, Ronald Frahm1,
Kamishan Martin1, Rebecca Sigmon1,
Undine Shoop1, Stephanie Morrow2,
Diane Sieracki2, Ray Powell3,
Scott Shaeffer4, Jack Rutkowski5,
and Eric Ruesch6
1Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
2Office of Enforcement
3Region I
4Region II
5Region III
6Region IV

Molly Keefe, NRC Project Manager

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The importance of a healthy nuclear safety culture has been demonstrated by a number of significant events in the United States and throughout the world. Use of consistent definitions and terms to describe a model safety culture is a first step in ensuring consistent development, implementation, and monitoring of safety culture. This report documents the outcomes of public workshops to develop a common language to describe safety culture in the nuclear industry. These workshops, held in December 2011, April 2012, November 2012, and January 2013, included panelists from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the nuclear power industry, and the public. This report presents a suggested common language, agreed upon by NRC staff and the nuclear industry for classifying and grouping traits and attributes of a healthy nuclear safety culture.

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