The University of Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) has established and continues to build a strong nuclear safety culture by developing class and laboratory soft skills training and activities. An effective safety-culture is essential to nuclear safety and can help prevent errors and misconduct by ensuring expectations and consequences are clearly stated and understood. Academic and research reactors present additional challenges as new students are joining the program and nuclear environment for the first time.
The UNEP is leading the way in establishing and building a strong positive nuclear safety culture. Social media and practical training is being developed that is intertwined with class and laboratory work along with integrating industry used tools and software to prepare the future nuclear workforce to meet the needs of the nuclear industry.