Presentation during the site visit to Fortum in Espoo
The Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) recently held its 33rd plenary meeting in Vantaa, Finland, at the new headquarters of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK). The three-day meeting featured updates from the NEA Secretariat on relevant activities of interest to WGHOF, and discussions with the Chairs of the NEA Expert Group on Small Modular Reactors (EGSMR) and the CSNI’s Working Group on Fuel Cycle Safety (WGFCS). During the meeting, guest speakers from Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear operator, presented compensatory measures taken in the area of training and qualification of Ukraine nuclear power plant personnel.
The three-day meeting offered the opportunity for each of the five task groups to report on progress to date and to discuss future activities. Additionally, member country updates gave participants the opportunity to discuss new developments in their national context and to exchange views on key HOF areas.
During a visit to the Emergency Response Centre organised by STUK, participants were introduced to the response systems used for monitoring and addressing an event.
Participants of the 33rd WGHOF plenary meeting at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK)
WGHOF participants were also invited to a site visit to the headquarters of Fortum, the Finnish energy company, in Espoo, where they met with a team specialised in control centre and human-machine interface design and human factors engineering. The team shared updates on the projects at Loviisa power plant, including the automation renewal that is underway, as well as the development and improvements of HOF at the nuclear power plant. Finnish research institution VTT gave a comprehensive overview of the organisational safety, nuclear waste management and human factors research conducted at both nuclear power plants. A visit to the control room simulator at Fortum also offered an illustrative experience for the members.