Understanding Nuclear Safety Culture (NOOC II)

The concept of safety culture is an absolutely necessary issue, when it comes to recognize and manage risks.

We could say that the nuclear industry, together with other high hazard industries such as aeronautical or petrochemical, is the paradigm of safety. In this case, we will explore all the specific aspects of the nuclear sector related to safety culture. Based on operational experience and real cases, we will explore those aspects that make it different from other industries with high safety requirements.

This the second part of serie of 3 NOOCs, which are conceived as a first contact with the safety culture in all areas to continue, then, deepening in more specific concepts in the nuclear field. In order to establish a good safety culture and nuclear safety culture, aligned leadership is necessary. All these aspects will be worked in a dynamic, different and participative way, in which collaborative learning will be a key aspect. The goal of the MOOCs is to ensure that students, industry workers and any person interested, know and transmit the safety culture and its importance.

At the end of the MOOCs, the participants will be able to understand and explain the aspects related to human behaviour and its management to achieve a strong safety culture. These general concepts will be focused to the nuclear industry and its differentiating characteristics.The MOOCs structure includes three independent NOOCs (Nano Open Online Courses).

      • NOOC I. What is Safety Culture? 10h. (This course)
      • NOOC II. Understanding Nuclear Safety Culture. 10h
      • NOOC III. Developing leadership for safety. 5h

Learning Objectives of NOOC II

  • List the differentiating characteristics of nuclear energy
  • Describe the type of safety analysis that serves as a basis for safety requirements and their limitations
  • Know the concept of defense in depth
  • Explain how your work affects safety in all levels


  1. Introduction.
  2. Nuclear Energy differentiating characteristics.
  3. Basic Philosophy.
  4. How my work affects safety?
  5. Defense-in-depth concept evolution

The first edition of these MOOCs were part of the courses offered and funded within ANNETTE project, led by ENEN (European Nuclear Education Network), and funded by Euratom, a complementary research and training programme for nuclear research and training within Horizon 2020 European Research Projects.

This permanent edition of the course is an in-kind contribution of Tecnatom and UNED to the sustainability of the first edition. As being a permanent edition, no teaching assistance is foreseen.

Provided ByUNED Abierta
Type of providerHE Institution
Provided atonline
Learning opportunity typeMOOC
Home pagehttps://iedra.uned.es/courses/course-v1:UNED+undernuclear_02+2022/about
Start date2022-01-13
End date2022-12-20
Workload in hours10
Admission procedureOpen to all
Price detailsFree registration and access to all materials + free open badge + paid credential (15€)
AssessmentsSelf-evaluation tests
Type of credentialMicrocredential
ISCEDF Code070 - Engineering, manufacturing and constructionn.f.d.
Education subjectNucelar safety
Learning settingsnon formal learning
Learning outcome typeKnowledges
Learning outcome typeSkills
Assessor typeSelf-evaluation
Assessment formatTest/ Quiz
Contact formsoporte.uabierta@adm.uned.es

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