Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Safety Culture and Nuclear Safety Management. Analysis of the Relationships of Its Variables Through a Bibliographic Review and AHP

Acuña, Santiago Gregorio1,a, Giménez, Marcelo Oscar1,b, Marisa Sánchez2 and Madsen, Dag Øivind3

1Nuclear Safety Department, Atomic Energy National Commission, Argentina.

2Departamento Ciencias de la Administración, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina.

3Department of Business, Marketing and Law, University of South-Eastern, Norway.


Objective: Based on previous literature reviews, this study examines the evidence about the key elements of the safety culture constructs applied in nuclear reactor operating organizations. Background: Safety culture (SC) is an organizational concept born in the nuclear industry to the behavioural elements in the safety management of nuclear facilities. This concept has been continuously revisited by academics and practitioners and has even been widely adopted by the conventional industry. Methods: systematic bibliographic review to identify key concepts of safety culture. Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) is applied to rank these concepts through an online questionnaire delivered to experts; Results: six articles were found, and four key concepts of safety culture were identified. These concepts were ranked in the following order after expert AHP online questionnaire results analysis: top management leadership, communication management, safety climate, and hazard and risk analysis; Conclusions: Based on this research the leadership actions are the most important nuclear safety management action to achieve the nuclear safety goals of the nuclear reactor operation.

Keywords: Nuclear, Safety, Management, Reactors, AHP.

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