The participative development for supporting-human factors of safety (PARSA)
Participative development with human factor-focused frameworks and models adds value to safety management. Technologically driven and proceduralized nuclear industry needs to fully utilize this option to improve overall system capacity, safety and competence.
The Participative Development for Supporting Human Factors of Safety (PARSA) project accelerates learning and verbalizes tacit knowledge through participatory research and practices in nuclear industry. PARSA models nuclear maintenance work and facilitates learning and communication between organizational levels as well as among nuclear actors by conducting case studies at two nuclear power plants. The project uses video-based reflection and collaborative work process analysis as methods, and conducts a critical inquiry into nuclear-specific human performance tools, with applicative targets.
Results and effectiveness
We aim to improve measures, guidance, operational practices and practical solutions to promote nuclear safety competence and organizational learning, by modelling tacit knowledge, mastery of work processes and human-focused work practices in nuclear maintenance operations. The end users are regulators, nuclear power plants, researchers, practitioners and students in the nuclear domain, as well as in other safety critical fields. The first findings will be available at the end of 2019, and the final results in 2022.
We are writing a guide book that introduces the work process analysis method to be utilized by nuclear maintenance. The method is based on long term development of work and organizations by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Leppänen, 2000), as well as applications in various fields, particularly aviation (Teperi & Leppänen, 2010; Muukka ym. 2016).
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- Työterveyslaitos: projektin johtaja Anna-Maria Teperi, Vuokko Puro, Ilkka Asikainen, Arja Ala-Laurinaho
- VTT Teknologian tutkimuskeskus: Mikael Wahlström, Kaupo Viitanen, Timo Kuula