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Safety Culture in Nuclear Power Operations 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415246491
ISBN-10: 0415246490
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (September 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415246490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415246491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2007
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"Safety Culture in Nuclear Power Operations" is an important volume for any professional interested in safety in any tightly-coupled technological domain. The term "safety culture" came to the forefront after the Chernobyl accident: today no analysis of safety, especially in a High Reliability Organization (HRO) would be possible without a consideration of the underlying safety, corporate, and regulatory cultures. Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) are perfect examples of HROs in that they are high-hazard, low-risk institutions (p. 5; see also the definitions of HROs on p. 40,) and conform well to the example definitions of safety culture throughout the book (see Schein's model on p. 7, and the excellent definition on p. 10 in particular; note also the corresponding definition of "safety system" on p.11.)

The subsection titled "The Changeableness of Safety Culture" (p. 12) explores the important topics of system complexity as the cause of accidents, and the role of management in the prevention of accidents through appropriate orientation, action, funding, etc. (p.13.) The role of time in accident chains is explored as well: most accidents occur over a very long period of time (p.20,) although the chain may only be visible retrospectively. This is a key point in my opinion, and argues very strongly for managerial involvement in, and promotion of, safety programs. Managerial importance is demonstrated in the case of the turnaround of the Palo Verde, Arizona station (p.98;) the relationship of profit versus safety culture is well defined on p. 101. The role of knowledgeable safety consultants is demonstrated in the discussion of Billie Garde and Little Harbor Consultants in the shutdown and restart of the Millstone plant (p.216.
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