Human Performance Research and Its Uses to Inform Human Reliability Analysis

  • Bruce P. Hallbert
  • Vinh N. Dang
  • Erasmia Lois
Conference paper


The field of human reliability analysis (HRA) plays an important role in probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs) performed for commercial nuclear power plants. The international community recognizes the need for using information about human performance from relevant settings to improve HRA method capability and to evaluate the human events modeled in a PRA. This chapter discusses the needs for HRA research, presents an experimental paradigm for research, and suggests ways that capabilities at the OECD Halden Reactor Project can play an important role in addressing HRA needs. The expertise that Halden has gained from many years of studying human performance is uniquely suited to address emerging opportunities for HRA research. Its initial efforts have already proven important and a long term plan of collaborative research is encouraged.


Human Performance Operator Performance Performance Context Human Machine Interface Probabilistic Risk Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce P. Hallbert
    • 1
  • Vinh N. Dang
    • 2
  • Erasmia Lois
    • 3
  1. 1.Idaho National LaboratoryIdaho FallsUSA
  2. 2.Paul Scherrer InstituteVilligenSwitzerland
  3. 3.U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionWashingtonUSA

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