The Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) believes in the importance of having a working group dedicated to safety culture. The Working Group on Safety Culture (WGSC) provides a senior-level regulatory forum for exchanging information and experiences and engages in work to ensure that the safety culture of the regulatory body and wider interconnected system have a positive impact on safety.
The WGSC focuses on practical steps that can be taken regarding issues such as the effective implementation of the characteristics and culture of an effective regulatory body as well as other matters regarding safety culture. It will do so by considering behaviours, perceptions and attitudes that make up the culture of the regulatory body within national, historical and geographical contexts. This group will also consider the effects caused by the interactions of the regulatory body in terms of what regulatory programmes, approaches and capabilities might be required to encourage enhanced safety culture in licensee organisations. In short, WGSC activities will focus on:
In 2021, the WGSC published its first major report, Methods for Assessing and Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Regulatory Body. This report further explores some of the key elements presented in The Safety Culture of an Effective Regulatory Body (2016), commonly known as the NEA Green Booklet, and provides both an overview and practical information on the methods and tools used by regulatory bodies to assess their own safety culture and to build safety culture competence and awareness. The NEA encourages regulatory bodies to use this report as a reference for reviewing and improving their activities to foster and enhance a healthy safety culture. Finally, the report proposes ten conclusions to inspire managers to develop and sustain efforts to maintain a healthy safety culture within the regulatory body.
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The event examines how nuclear safety culture is affected by the national cultural context of the country operating a nuclear facility. It brings together experts representing both the nuclear industry and the regulatory authority in the host country, with the objective of helping organizations maintain a healthy safety culture for the safe operations of nuclear installations and for effective regulatory activities.