Tuesday, September 26, 2017

“New” IAEA Nuclear Safety Culture Self-Assessment Methodology

IAEA report cover
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) touted its safety culture (SC) self-assessment methodology at the Regulatory Cooperation Forum held during the recent IAEA 61st General Conference.  Their press release* refers to the methodology as “new” but it’s not exactly fresh from the factory.  We assume the IAEA presentation was based on a publication titled “Performing Safety Culture Self-assessments”** which was published in June 2016 and we reviewed on Aug. 1, 2016.  We encourage you to read our full review; it is too lengthy to reasonably summarize in this post.  Suffice to say the publication includes some worthwhile SC information and descriptions of relevant SC assessment practices but it also exhibits some execrable shortcomings.

*  IAEA, “New IAEA Self-Assessment Methodology and Enhancing SMR Licensing Discussed at Regulatory Cooperation Forum” (Sept. 22, 2017).

**  IAEA, “Performing Safety Culture Self-assessments,” Safety Reports Series no. 83 (Vienna: IAEA, 2016).