Independent Safety Culture Assessment at IFE

At IFE, safety is priority number one. We are continuously working to strengthen and improve our safety culture. As part of this effort, IFE has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform an Independent Safety Culture Assessment (ISCA) and provide recommendations for further development.

Hole, Silje Aspholm

Communications Director


A team of experts from the IAEA has for a period of two weeks reviewed IFE’s safety culture. The final report will be published in the summer. IFE has been presented the main findings in a review and a draft report.

The IAEA finds that IFE’s safety culture is continuously improving. They point out that IFE’s top management clearly communicate the importance of safety culture, and they emphasize that there is a strong trust and openness towards each other in IFE’s organisation. At the same time, the IAEA has identified areas that need to be strengthened and improved. This includes a systematic leadership training, standardised training, organisational learning and a more transparent management and quality system.

– IFE is currently experiencing many changes. It is particularly important under such circumstances to revise and adapt plans, processes, procedures, routines and competence to be able to manage these changes, and at the same time develop a strong safety culture, the expert team emphasises.

The team found that the IFE’s strong culture of local teams was both a strength and a challenge. The strong sense of local team spirit underpins a positive reliance on peers, but it also leads to challenges and issues in organization-wide areas such as management and leadership for safety and learning.

IFE is very pleased with the thorough review and the feedback from the expert group.
– We have received valuable input that we will use in our continued work to strengthen and improve the safety culture in all parts of our organisation. We are proud of our strong culture of local teams and their team spirit, but we also recognize the challenges these may represent. We will have a particular focus on this observation. Work on safety culture is about continuous learning and improvements, states Nils Morten Huseby, President of IFE.

The ISCA has been conducted by an international team of experts under the management of IAEA. The expert team has conducted interviews with both the management and employees, and participated as observer in different meetings and working processes during the assessment.

– The main purpose with this assessment is to get recommendations and suggestions for improvements that can be implemented on shorter and longer term. We will go through the recommendations thoroughly and work on measures to implement them. We will invite the expert team back to do a follow up review in one to two years, in accordance with the IAEA’s recommendations, concludes Huseby.


President: Nils Morten Huseby, phone: +47 905 44 545

Communications Director: Silje Aspholm Hole, phone: + 47 930 22 096

From left: Diana Engström (team leader), Helena Broberg (Head of Safety), Nils Morten Huseby (President IFE), Grzegorz Ludwik Rezntkowski, Eveline de Wulf, Frank W. Guldenmund (in the back) and Helen Rycraft. Photo: Mona L. RamstadIFE's management and the IAEA team of experts after the ISCA exit meeting on Friday March 23. From left: Diana Engström (team leader), Helena Broberg (Head of Safety, IFE), Nils Morten Huseby (President IFE), Grzegorz Ludwik Rzentkowski (Director of the IAEA Division for Nuclear Installation Safety), Eveline de Wulf, Frank W. Guldenmund (in the back) and Helen Rycraft. Photo: Mona L. Ramstad