The VII International Summer School on Safety Culture which was held on July 9-13, 2018 in St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy has completed its work.
The goal of the school was to discuss Safety Culture in the nuclear industry and the importance of its maintenance and development. The event was aimed at creating conditions to share experience and international best practice in the field of management to ensure safety among both industry managers and personnel.
Over the seven years of the International Summer School on Safety Culture, the number of participants has tripled compared to the first year and has gone up one-and-a-half times compared to the previous one. In 2018 about 130 representatives from Russian and foreign companies, including IAEA, Paks II NPP Ltd., Fennovoima Oy, ROSATOM, Rosenergoatom, JSC Atomstroyexport, JSC “TVEL”, RAOS Project Oy and others participated in the school.
The plenary session that opened the International Summer School was led by the Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy Yurii Seleznev, the Director of Office of Safety and Security Coordination of Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (IAEA) Gustavo Caruso, the Deputy Inspector General of Rosatom Gennadii Petkevich, the Director for Human Resources and Social Policy of Rosenergoatom JSC Dmitrii Gasten. The reports at the plenary session emphasized the important role that is given to Safety Culture in the field of nuclear energy use; working with Safety Culture it’s important to be one step ahead, anticipating potential problems and preventing them sharing experience and documents, applying various techniques such as mentoring and developing leadership in Safety Culture.
Following days, the work of the International Summer School was held in the form of lectures and practical exercises on the training module “Leadership and Management for Safety” under the guidance of the IAEA experts, such as Helen Rycraft, Senior Nuclear Safety Officer, Division of Nuclear Installation Safety.
The International Summer School on Safety Culture has been established in 2012 by common decision of the representatives of the IAEA, ROSATOM, NPP, Rosenergoatom JSC. It is held annually at the St.-Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy.
Currently, Rosatom Technical Academy provides methodological, scientific and regulatory support for the formation and development of commitment to Safety Culture principles, as well as scientific and methodological support of activities to ensure professional reliability of personnel of the companies working in the field of nuclear energy use.