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Training Workshop for Safety Culture Continuous Improvement

15 – 19 Jul 2024
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT2303959


The improvement of safety culture is an ongoing endeavour that requires a long-term commitment to succeed. The IAEA offers comprehensive support to licensees and regulatory bodies wishing to systematically improve their safety culture. An effective way of doing this is to conduct safety culture assessments and implement improvement activities based upon their findings. The assessments can be conducted by either internal or external teams. The IAEA offers both independent safety culture assessments and training courses for developing internal safety culture self-assessment teams for licensees and regulatory bodies.

The importance of continuously improving leadership and safety culture cannot be overemphasized, as they are fundamental to the safe operation of nuclear installations, as pointed out in Fundamental Safety Principles (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SF-1, Vienna, 2006). The Secretariat has taken an active role in providing Member States with guidance on how to practically improve safety culture and leadership and has developed a training course on safety culture self-assessment, which is offered to Member States upon request.

The workshop sessions will be based on the IAEA safety culture self-assessment training material and methodologies. After participating in the workshop, participants will be able to conduct safety culture self-assessments and train assessment teams within their own organizations, and act as assessors in IAEA Independent Safety Culture Assessment teams. The workshop will mainly be conducted in an interactive manner through reflections and dialogues. The invited experts who will be conducting the workshop will play the role of facilitators to trigger new insights and exchange of experience. The number of participants will be limited in order to ensure effective group dynamics and coaching by the facilitators during the practical exercises.


The primary objective of the workshop is to train international safety culture experts/specialists on how to conduct safety culture assessments in accordance with the IAEA methodology.

Target Audience

The workshop aims to give safety culture experts an understanding of the IAEA safety culture assessment methodology. The workshop is exclusively intended for safety culture experts/specialists in nuclear installations and/or regulatory bodies who, through experience or studies, have gained an in-depth knowledge of safety culture and the systemic approach to safety. Preferably, participants should also be familiar with conducting qualitative analysis and writing qualitative reports.

Participation & Registration

All persons wishing to participate in the event have to be designated by an IAEA Member State or should be members of organizations that have been invited to attend.

In order to be designated by an IAEA Member State, participants are requested to send the Participation Form (Form A) to their competent national authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission to the IAEA or National Atomic Energy Authority) for onward transmission to the IAEA by 13 May 2024. Participants who are members of an organization invited to attend are requested to send the Participation Form (Form A) through their organization to the IAEA by the above deadline.


The event will be held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) where the IAEA’s Headquarters are located. Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

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