Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry

Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry

A Systemic Approach to Safety

1st Edition - October 17, 2020

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  • Editors: Anna-Maria Teperi, Nadezhda Gotcheva
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028469
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028452

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Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry: A Systemic Approach to Safety presents the latest research and studies of human factors in the nuclear industry. It models and highlights scientific and technological foundations before providing practical examples of applications within the nuclear facility of human performance at an individual, group, organization, and system level. Editors Dr. Teperi and Dr. Gotcheva supply concrete models, tools and techniques based on research to provide the reader with knowledge of how to facilitate and support human performance in this dynamic and fast moving safety critical field. Models and case studies are provided to add practical benefits for the reader to apply to their own projects, including user friendly state-of-the-art equipment, fluent work processes for information flow, functional control room resource management, and scope for competence and learning in the work place. This book will benefit nuclear researchers, safety experts, human factors professionals and power plant operators, as well as those with an interest in human factors outside of the nuclear field.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive framework for human factors, considering not only the individual, but also the team, organizational and industrial levels
  • Presents tried and tested tools and techniques based on research from the nuclear industry
  • Includes models, examples and case studies of user-friendly equipment, fluent work processes and functional control room resource management


Nuclear engineers and professionals, particularly those focussing on safety and human factors; safety experts; nuclear power plant operators; Masters + level students and researchers of nuclear energy; nuclear consultants and managers; decision & policy makers in nuclear and non-nuclear facilities

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Anna-Maria Teperi and Nadezhda Gotcheva

    Part I: Historical accounts and current perspectives
    1. Human factors in nuclear power: Reflections from 50 years in Finland
    Bjorn Wahlström
    2. Applying Human Factors in nuclear industry - people as a presence of positive capacit
    Anna-Maria Teperi
    3. From classical Human Factors towards a system view – experiences from the Human Factors nuclear field in Sweden
    Carl Rollenhagen
    4. Systems thinking applied to safety culture approach in Finland
    Nadezhda Gotcheva, Pia Oedewald and Marja Ylönen

    Part II: Practices and tools to support team performance
    5. Reflective simulator debriefings for resilient power plant operations
    Mikael Wahlström, Timo Kuula, Laura Seppänen, Piia Rantanummi and Pekka Kettunen
    6. Human performance tools as a part of programmatic human performance improvement
    Kaupo Viitanen 
    7. Multitasking and interruption management in control room operator work
    Jari Laarni
    8. Team performance, communication and shared situational awareness - control room resource management (CCRM) in the nuclear industry
    Matti Sorsa

    Part III: Means and methods to facilitate organizational learning
    9. Learning from operational events on organisational level - findings from Finnish nuclear power industry
    Vuokko Puro, Henriikka Kannisto and Eero Lantto
    10. Improving organizational practices
    Krista Pahkin
    11. Learning from emergency exercises through systematic debriefing
    Marja Liinasuo
    12. Towards learning organization – practices in nuclear power plants
    Petri Koistinen

    Part IV: Insights and visions for inter-organizational cooperation
    13. The urgent need to learn from Fukushima nuclear power accident – from reactive to proactive through a systemic approach to safety
    Monica Haage
    14. An institutional perspective on systemic approach to safety in a project context
    Nadezhda Gotcheva and Kirsi Aaltonen
    15. Assessing the goodness of the concept of institutional strength-in-depth
    Marja Ylönen
    16. Utilizing design thinking for renewal of safety management practices in the nuclear industry
    Anna-Maria Teperi, Nadezhda Gotcheva and Kirsi Aaltonen

Product details

  • No. of pages: 370
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: October 17, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028469
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028452

About the Editors

Anna-Maria Teperi

Dr. Anna-Maria Teperi is a Chief Researcher at the unit of Occupational Safety in Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) in Finland. She is a docent at Tampere University, with the field of Human Factors (HF) in Safety Management. She has 20 years of experience in research and implementation of HF to safety management systems at safety critical fields such as air navigation services, nuclear industry and railway. She holds a PhD from Helsinki University Behavioral Sciences and is licentiate in work and organization psychology from University of Helsinki, Master's degree in psychology from University of Tampere and pedagogical qualifications from the Helsinki Business Polytechnic. Previously, she worked as a head psychologist and development manager in Occupational Health Centre in City of Helsinki, acted as a chair of Nuclear Safety Committee at License Applicant and a reference group member at the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety. She has also acted as a HF expert for Finnish Accident Investigation Board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Researcher, Occupational Safety, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland. Docent, Tampere University (Human Factors in Safety Management).

Nadezhda Gotcheva

Dr. Nadezhda Gotcheva is a Research Team Leader of ‘Safety in complex sociotechnical systems’ team in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She holds a PhD from Tampere University of Technology (currently: Tampere University), Finland, an MBA from joint master’s program of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Sofia University, and a Master’s degree in organizational and clinical psychology from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Her expertise is in organizational and institutional factors in safety-critical organizations, currently focusing on safety culture evaluation and development in the nuclear power industry and management, leadership and governance for safety in complex inter-organizational project networks. Dr. Gotcheva has contributed to development of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) documents on Continuous Improvement of Safety Culture and revisions of IAEA’s Safety Culture Continuous Improvement Plan (SCCIP). She is a certified Foresight Practitioner (Institute for the Future, USA) and Human Systems Dynamics Professional (HSD Institute, USA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Team Leader, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

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