Identifying the team skills required by nuclear power plant operations personnel

Paul O'Connor, Angela O'Dea, Rhona Flin, Steve Belton

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The purpose of this study was to identify the team skills required by nuclear power plant operations team members. Ail initial domain familiarization consisted of it review of company documentation, observations in the control room, on-plant and in the simulator, and role interviews. In the second phase, critical incident technique (CIT) interviews were carried out with 38 operations team members oil three British nuclear power plants. A total of 314 statements concerned with team working skills were identified from the interview data and used to develop the nuclear team skills taxonomy. The taxonorny had five categories: shared situation awareness, team focused decision making, communication, co-ordination, and influence, with 16 component elements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028-1037
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of industrial ergonomics
Issue number11-12
Early online date21 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • nuclear
  • team skills
  • critical incident technique
  • performance
  • behavior
  • systems

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