Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

First Advisor

Barry S. Spurlock

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Second Advisor

Sarah Morris

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management


The purpose of this research was to attempt to determine the key leading indicators of safety in the nuclear energy generation industry. A leading indicator is a metric of safety performance that is not dependent on trending injuries or incidents. This study was conducted by sending surveys to individuals working in the nuclear energy industry, and attempting to rate a set of indicators by their responses. This research was unsuccessful in empirical validation of any of the surveyed indicators, but does indicate that the concept is well known and accepted in the industry, and paves the way for a more in depth study in safety culture and systems in this highly specialized industry. Of the surveyed indicators, three seemed to have a more substantial impact than others according to feedback given. The three indicators are: maintenance of safety critical equipment, ease of use of technical manuals and guides, and relevance of employee training.