Learning from Successes in Nuclear Operations: A Guideline

Ann Britt Skjerve, Kaupo Viitanen, Christer Axelsson, Rossella Bisio, Hanna Koskinen, Marja Liinasuo

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    In safety-critical industries, lessons learned have traditionally been established based on ad-verse events. Still, modern safety science argues that much may be learned from successful occurrences as well. Establishing lessons learned from successes is challenging, e.g., because different stakeholders have different views on what constitutes a success. In this study, a practical guideline was developed to assist nuclear-power plant personnel in establishing lessons learned from successful operational occurrences. The guideline was developed based on eight principles on how to learn from successful occurrences, created from findings in a literature review and insights gained from two empirical studies in Nordic nuclear power plants. The guideline contains three sections: (I) how to capture success, (II) how to analyze successful performance and establish lessons learned, and (III) how to priorities lessons learned for implementation. The guideline is de-signed to be scalable. It will be exposed to a user test in 2017.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability – Theory and Applications - Proceedings of the 27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017
    Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Applications
    EditorsMarko Cepin, Radim Briš
    PublisherCRC Press
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-21046-9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-62937-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017 - Portoroz, Slovenia
    Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


    Conference27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017
    Abbreviated titleESREL 2017


    • learning from success
    • organizational learning
    • nuclear safety


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