Human Factors Engineering Applications to the Cask Design Activities of the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program

by William H. Lake, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington DC, United States,
Millard Peck, III, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington DC, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: The use of human factors engineering (HFE) in the design and use of spent fuel casks being developed for the Department of Energy's Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program is addressed. The safety functions of cask systems are presented as background for HFE considerations. Because spent fuel casks are passive safety devices they could be subject to latent system failures due to human error. It is concluded that HFE should focus on operations and verification tests, but should begin, to the extent possible, at the beginning of cask design. Use of HFE during design could serve to eliminate or preclude opportunity for human error.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Fuels | Waste disposal | Nuclear power | Energy storage

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