The CNSC invites comments on discussion paper DIS-16-05, Human Performance

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October 19, 2016 – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to comment on discussion paper DIS-16-05, Human Performance. The comment period will be 120 days, ending February 15, 2017.

This discussion paper explains why human performance matters in the context of nuclear safety and the CNSC’s regulatory framework.

The CNSC has issued this discussion paper to open dialogue with interested stakeholders about its approach to regulating human performance and to improve regulatory clarity. The CNSC is also seeking input on options for applying human performance concepts to licensees other than nuclear power plant operators in a graded (tailored) manner. This is part of the CNSC’s commitment to continuous improvement.

As part of the CNSC’s “human performance management” safety and control area, the CNSC currently requires its nuclear power plant and other specified nuclear licensees to implement and maintain human performance programs. Effective human performance management supports workers in performing their tasks safely and effectively by systematically considering the capabilities and limitations of humans.

As the CNSC proceeds with any changes to regulatory documents, stakeholders will have additional opportunities for consultation on specific proposals.

To review and comment on the document, visit the DIS-16-05 Web page. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations, are intended to be made public. 

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Quick facts

  • The CNSC licenses, regulates and monitors Canada's nuclear facilities to ensure that they are operated safely.
  • Human performance is concerned with people carrying out their work, and can be considered as the behaviours and the results of human activities when carrying out work tasks.
  • Human performance programs include: continual monitoring of human performance influences and outcomes; identification of human performance strengths and weaknesses; and implementation of improvements to reduce the likelihood of safety events with human performance-related causes.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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