The Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) is a working group established within the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) of the Nuclear Energy Agency, an organization operating within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA), as forum for facilitating the exchange of ideas and experience in the field of nuclear safety between the 33 member states of the OECD/NEA.
The main mission of the WGHOF is to improve the understanding and treatment of human and organisational factors within the nuclear industry in order to support the continued safety performance of nuclear installations, and improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices, in OECD/NEA member countries.
March 21 and 22 marked a notable event on the 2018 nuclear calendar with the 24th WGHOF Meeting which took place in Halden, Norway, organized by the WGHOF in conjunction with the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE). The meeting brought together delegations from the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, Hungary, Sweden and the Russian Federation. Participants initiated a discussion on the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, most notably concerning human and organizational factors, the specifics of the multi-stage assessment of the human factor and organizational effectiveness, as well as different supervisory strategies and phases in facilities undergoing decommissioning, in accordance with the systematic approach to safety framework.
Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) was represented by Dr. Tatiana B. Melnitckaia, who delivered a lecture on, “The Role of Leadership in Promoting a Safety Culture.” The lecture provided an in-depth analysis concerning best practices for promoting leadership, based on the organizational culture, which corresponds to a certain level of safety culture development. The audience, comprised of international experts, was particularly interested in Rosatom Tech work in the field of human and organizational factors.