Willful Misconduct/Record Falsification And Nuclear Safety Culture

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Nuclear/Nuclear Safety, Engineering, Operations, Construction/Project Management, Quality Assurance, Startup Readiness, Oversight

The NRC is issued this information notice (IN) to inform addressees of recent willful misconduct and record falsification incidents at U.S. nuclear sites and to emphasize the importance of establishing and maintaining an effective safety-culture by applicants, licensees and their contractors.

Willful misconduct issues and discussion highlights the need for applicants, licensees, contractors and suppliers involved in construction, fabrication activities, and operations of nuclear facilities, to establish and implement an effective nuclear safety-culture. This includes training, adequate oversight, and frequent communications especially for workers new to the nuclear industry. Safety-culture weaknesses have been identified as one of the causes of major accidents and incidents such as the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011, the Davis-Besse reactor vessel head degradation near-miss incident discovered in 2002, the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986, and the Three Mile Island Unit 2 accident in 1979.

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