How does ENGIE Electrabel prevent human error?

Safety is our top priority and is built in at all levels: the design of the power station, procedures and methods, and human behaviour. We work continually to optimise these three factors. In industry jargon, we call this the ‘defence in depth’ strategy.


To prevent human error, use is made of behavioural techniques, i.e. ‘human performance tools’. The use of these tools ensures that error precursors such as stress, lack of experience, etc. have little or no impact on job performance.

How is employee knowledge maintained?

We continually strive to develop and strengthen the skills of all employees. Accordingly, the number of hours of training attended in 2016 accounted for about 7% of the total number of working hours worked.


Technical training in nuclear safety, conventional safety and the environment represent more than 95% of the total training attended.


The Doel and Tihange nuclear power stations also employ numerous external firms. The employees of these firms must attend training to meet the same basic knowledge criteria as ENGIE Electrabel personnel.


The operators in the control room must be in possession of a special licence that is renewed every two years. This licence is only issued after a specific and intensive training cycle, robust training on a simulator and sitting an examination in the presence of an independent inspection body.