Subject: Invitation to comment on Discussion Paper DIS-12-07, Safety Culture for Nuclear Licensees

Safety culture is a relatively new concept, but has grown in importance for the nuclear industry worldwide. Canadian licensees are becoming increasingly aware of safety culture and applying it internally, but there still exists an uneven understanding and application of the concept. The approach licensees use to do a self-assessment of their own safety culture also varies widely. 

The CNSC has released for public consultation Discussion Paper DIS-12-07, Safety Culture for Nuclear Licensees. Discussion papers are used to solicit comments from the public, licensees and interested organizations early in the regulatory process.

This discussion paper allows the CNSC to obtain the views of both industry and the general public regarding the importance of a sound safety culture framework. It presents the CNSC’s proposed approach for regulating safety culture in the Canadian nuclear industry, highlighting its importance, as well as what has been done both internationally and in Canada to promote it.

The CNSC is seeking comments from licensees, stakeholders and the public on the proposals in this discussion paper, including comments about the safety culture self-assessment guidelines presented in Appendix C. Feedback received will support the CNSC’s ongoing efforts to provide greater clarity to both industry and the public on the CNSC’s proposed approach and expectations related to safety culture.

To submit comments, please do so by the date noted below. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations, are intended to be made public. You will not receive a formal reply.

Comment period

Starts on: September 5, 2012 Ends on: January 4, 2013

How to participate:

Please submit your comments:

  • Online, using the electronic comment form
  • Email:
  • Mail: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission P.O. Box 1046, Station B 280 Slater Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K1P 5S9
  • Fax: 613-995-5086