ERIC Number: ED299125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Human Factors Research and Nuclear Safety.
Moray, Neville P., Ed.; Huey, Beverly M., Ed.
The Panel on Human Factors Research Needs in Nuclear Regulatory Research was formed by the National Research Council in response to a request from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC asked the research council to conduct an 18-month study of human factors research needs for the safe operation of nuclear power plants. This report describes the sociotechnical system implied by the panel's conception of human factors and outlines the factors that affect the performance of that system. It then reviews the chronology of the NRC's human factors research from 1981 to 1985. Following a brief discussion of research methodology and management, this report identifies a set of broad research areas and suggested high priority topics within these areas. Descriptions of these areas and topics, together with recommendations on the management of human factors research, form the core of this report. The panel used the potential for increased plant safety as a criterion against which to evaluate the topics considered. Nine pages of references are included. An appendix includes biographical sketches of the 16 members of the panel. (CW)
Descriptors: Energy Education, Energy Occupations, Information Needs, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plant Technicians, Nuclear Power Plants, Research Needs, Research Opportunities, Safety, Science Education, Scientific Personnel
Committee on Human Factors, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.