The ELSE project aims to develop a new research-based approach for education in the domain of leadership for safety.
Major accidents in the last few decades have questioned the reliability and performance of industrial safety and evidenced the foremost role played by human and organizational issues.
In this context, the concept of “safety leadership” has emerged. It relates to how, through the interactions with their socio-technical environment, leaders influence the way both individuals and groups understand and adhere to organizational safety goals and to the means to achieve them.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its member states have recognized the importance of safety leadership and included it in their fundamental safety principles. In 2016, the IAEA General Conference adopted a resolution calling for the development of specific training on safety leadership. The European Union is involved in this call, especially through its Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). The ELSE project was initiated in this context.