Operators’ conceptions of Procedure Guidance in NPP Process Control

Leena Norros, Marja Liinasuo, Paula Savioja

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    Abstract

    Introduction: Resilience in NPP process control depends on balance between operators’ autonomy for decisions and pre-defined guidance.. Finding balance is a strategic decision by the organisation, but finally it takes place at the sharp-end, by the operating personnel. Balancing was studied by analysing the role and usage of procedures. Method: Conceptions of 62 control room operators at two Finnish nuclear power plants (NPPs) were queried under three themes relevant to the autonomy-guidance balancing. Answers were classified into theory-based categories, i.e., interpretative, confirmative or reactive, which are epistemic attitudes, portraying more or less potential for resilience in process control activity. Results and discussion: In both NPPs, the confirmative orientation, emphasising the importance of acting according to rules prevails. Orientations reflect operator roles and their demands. Interpretative orientation that values operators’ competence but does contrast autonomy and procedures should be actively supported to facilitate resilience in NPP activity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM 2013), Marseille, France, 21-24 May 2013
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making 2013 - Marseille, France
    Duration: 22 May 201324 May 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making 2013
    Abbreviated titleNDM 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityMarseille
    Period22/05/1324/05/13

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    Keywords

    • Resilience
    • procedure guidance
    • autonomy
    • NPP operators

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    Norros, L., Liinasuo, M., & Savioja, P. (2013). Operators’ conceptions of Procedure Guidance in NPP Process Control. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM 2013), Marseille, France, 21-24 May 2013
    Norros, Leena ; Liinasuo, Marja ; Savioja, Paula. / Operators’ conceptions of Procedure Guidance in NPP Process Control. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM 2013), Marseille, France, 21-24 May 2013. 2013.
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    Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM 2013), Marseille, France, 21-24 May 2013. 2013.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

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