Nuclear Teamskills Taxonomy

Author of Tool: 

O'Connor, O'Dea, Flin

Key references: 

O’Connor, P., O’Dea, A., & Flin, R. (2008). Identifying the team skills required by nuclear operations personnel. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 38, 1028-1037.

Primary use / Purpose: 

To provide a framework for assessing the teamskills of nuclear power generation operations personnel.

Background: 

 

The purpose  was to identify the team skills required by nuclear power plant operations team members. An initial domain familiarization consisted of a 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 on three British nuclear power plants. A total of 314 statements concerned with teamworking skills were identified from the interview data and used to develop the nuclear team skills taxonomy. The taxonomy had five categories: shared situation awareness, team focused decision making, communication, co-ordination, and influence, with 16 component elements. The taxonomy could be used to evaluate team skills, identify team training requirements, and for mishap investigation.

Psychometrics: 

Acceptable levels of reliability were obtained between raters in the development of the taxonomy. However, no assessment was made in the use of the taxonomy for, for example, observation.

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