Here are some case studies to illustrate how flexible Breadstone’s nuclear training services can be. We tailor them in line with your specific needs to enable your team to develop the skills and knowledge they need to create a workable, effective safety culture within your organisation. If you have questions about how we can plan and implement workplace services and training for your teams, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.
A client had placed a contractual requirement on their suppliers of safety critical plant and equipment to develop their nuclear safety culture. In order to achieve it, Breadstone worked with the client to develop their internal Nuclear Safety Culture Assessment tool, based on internationally recognised standards for nuclear safety culture in operators and industry suppliers.
The assessment tool we developed recognises the differences between the suppliers of proprietary equipment with relatively little nuclear safety impact, through to pure nuclear plant suppliers and turnkey project companies. The deployment of the assessment tool has enabled the client to create baselines for the suppliers to plan and demonstrate improvements on, and also to capture and share good practices.
Breadstone’s client found that supplier companies all welcomed the assessment method and found it helpful in learning how to develop their own culture to meet the client’s requirements.
After a regulatory intervention, one of Breadstone’s client’s construction contractors recognised a need to help its personnel to understand why Internal Challenge is considered important in nuclear projects and become capable and comfortable with making and receiving questions and challenges around work activities. More importantly, they also wanted them to feel confident to hold conversations with peers and senior people in their own and partner companies during which instructions, decisions and occasionally behaviours are questioned, in order to prevent poor decision making and errors.
We developed a very participative and thought-provoking half-day workshop that draws on practical scenarios that the client’s staff would recognise. We provided some simple but effective methods to help delegates to understand others’ likely reactions to challenges, in order to increase the likelihood that discussions would result in a positive outcome. Participants have universally remarked that they wish they had done something on the subject sooner and acknowledged the benefits of participating in the workshop.
Our client, a design authority group within the client organisation, approached Breadstone because they recognised a need for a training intervention for their office-based staff, specifically those who were involved in the design and specification of nuclear plant. They acknowledged that the potential consequences of errors made by these staff members at that stage of the plant’s life are very significant, carrying the potential for inadvertently designing-in latent problems for the future.
We developed a workshop using a pragmatic approach to error avoidance that helped the participants to rethink their part in preventing errors and when they might adopt some effective measures to minimise them. They recognised that they needed to establish some collaborative ways of working and to adopt new processes. They also learnt some simple methods they could start to use straight away.
In response to a regulatory expectation of improvement in the standard of investigation reports, a client in nuclear decommissioning approached us to help review their approach to event investigation processes and associated training. Our consultants recognise the challenge of keeping people competent to undertake investigations when they have infrequent opportunity to practise, so we developed a pragmatic two-level training in support of an investigation process, centred on a template report.
The report prompts investigators to consider the actions they need to take at each stage of the investigation. Breadstone devised training that is based on a realistic scenario, and that covers every step. It provides experience of using appropriate tools and techniques, including interviewing skills, common analytical tools and good practice in report writing. This course has been highly commended by participants, senior managers and regulators alike.
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