Building an "Adaptive Safety Culture" in a Nuclear Construction Project: Insights to Safety Practitioners

Kaupo Viitanen (Corresponding author), Teemu Reiman

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    Nuclear power plant construction projects are challenging for safety management due to many of their inherent characteristics, which include high levels of organizational turbulence, changes in lifecycle phases, unanticipated events, interactions between multiple parties and the challenges of multicultural environment. This means that traditional approaches to improving safety might not be sufficient. To address this issue, we will view safety management from the perspective of Resilience Engineering and complexity thinking and propose a novel perspective to the practical development of safety culture in dynamic environments. We describe a revised model of adaptive safety management and use four well-known safety culture improvement methods as illustrative examples of how they can be utilized in building an adaptive safety culture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPoised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through desing, governance and organization
    Subtitle of host publication7th REA Symposium
    EditorsAnne-Sophie Nyssen, Mathieu Jaspar, David Woods
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    Event7th REA Symposium, Resilience Engineering Association - Liège, Belgium
    Duration: 26 Jun 201729 Jun 2017


    Conference7th REA Symposium, Resilience Engineering Association


    • safety culture
    • resilience
    • complex systems
    • nuclear safety


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