Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081028452

Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry

1st Edition

Supporting Human Performance for Improved Safety

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Editors: Anna-Maria Teperi Nadezhda Gotcheva
Paperback ISBN: 9780081028452
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st August 2020
Page Count: 350
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Table of Contents

Foreword and Editorial note
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. The safety culture approach in Finland (preliminary title)
Pia Oedewald and Nadezhda Gotcheva

Part II: Practices and tools to support team performance
5. Resilient power plant operations through a self-evaluation method
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 industryVuokko Puro, Henriikka Kannisto and Eero Lantto
10. Practical solutions and actions to support organization performance and resilience in Finnish nuclear industry 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


Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry: Supporting Human Performance for Improved 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


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About the Editors

Anna-Maria Teperi

Dr. Anna-Maria Teperi is a Senior Researcher and deputy director at Solutions for Safety unit in Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) in Finland. She has 15 years of experience in research and implementation of human factors to safety management systems at safety critical fields of air navigation services, nuclear industry, railway, aviation maintenance and maritime. She is a research manager in several research projects related to human factors, safety management as well as peer-based early intervention model after incidents and has lead several development projects and trainings at this field. She holds a PhD from Helsinki University Behavioural Sciences, the doctoral dissertation is based on her 10 years work at implementing human factors in safety management system at the Finnish Air Navigation Services and Airport Operations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Specialist Researcher, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Specialist Researcher, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Nadezhda Gotcheva

Dr. Nadezhda Gotcheva is a Senior Scientist at Foresight & Safety Culture team in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She holds a PhD from Tampere University of Technology, Finland, an MBA degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Master’s degree in psychology from Sofia University, Bulgaria. She is a certified Human Systems Dynamics Professional since 2016. Her expertise is in cultural and organizational factors in safety-critical organizations, currently focusing on safety culture evaluation and development in the nuclear power industry and safety management in complex nuclear industry projects. She is leading a multidisciplinary project “Management principles and safety culture in complex projects” (MAPS) under SAFIR2018, the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2015-2018. Dr. Gotcheva has contributed to development of the IAEA documents on Continuous Improvement of Safety Culture and revision of IAEA’s Safety Culture Continuous Improvement Plan (SCCIP).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.