Human error driving the development of a checklist for foreign material exclusion in the nuclear industry

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Access full text here:10.1002/hfm.20075
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Teknik och teknologier, Maskinteknik
Publication year: 2007
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In this article we describe an approach to develop a checklist for foreign material exclusion. Foreign material is material that should not be part of, or supplied with, the product because it can affect the performance of, for example, nuclear fuel rods of nuclear plants. The research itself was initiated by the presence of different types of human errors. Specifically in the nuclear industry, where there is zero tolerance for errors, work to continuously improve safety and quality is of major importance. Our approach should support such work. As a theoretical base, we have considered team errors as well as individual errors. The suggested practical approach is based on foreign materials that originate in or are introduced into a product or a process.


Patrik Kenger

Högskolan Dalarna; Maskinteknik
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Anders Karlsson

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