ABOUT SPIE: 

SPIE Nucléaire is a subsidiary of the SPIE Group, the leading independent European provider of multi-technical services in the energy and communications sectors. SPIE Nucléaire specializes in electrical, mechanical, HVAC and nuclear engineering.

Operating in four strategic markets, SPIE supports its customers in making the energy and digital transition a success. It plays a major role in the sustainable transformation of cities and regions, the fight against global warming, the digitalisation of services and the transition to Industry 4.0.

SPIE Nucléaire supports its customers throughout the fuel cycle and the entire life cycle of their facilities (design, construction, modification, maintenance and dismantling).

From nuclear fuel manufacturing and reprocessing to waste storage, power generation, naval propulsion and research, SPIE has been supporting French nuclear fuel cycle operators in France and abroad for more than 30 years.

A few figures:

  • 2,100 employees
  • +45 locations in France
  • 4 areas of activity

CHALLENGES

Major risks encountered on the sites: 

  • Height risks
  • Electrical risks
  • Mechanical risks 
  • Road risks

How does SPIE manage risk awareness/training?

  • Traditional training modules & e-learning platform

Use of traditional training modules in PowerPoint format or use of SPIE's internal safety booklet reminding workers of the rules. Access to an e-learning platform that cannot be used on the worksites because few workers are equipped with computers/tablets/smartphones.

  • Implementation of the EMS (Ecole Mobile Sécurité) Mobile Safety School 

The EMS takes the form of a mobile van trailer. Throughout the year and every year, the EMS is sent to different sites with different participants so that the QSE referents can organize and lead the sessions and train the maximum number of people.

The EMS consists of a driving simulator and an electrical cabinet that has suffered an electric shock and burned the key in order to raise employee awareness.

SPIE saw a net decrease in people trained in 2017 and 2018:

2017: 800 people year-round 

2018: 300/400 people per year

Therefore, they wanted to make the modules within the EMS more engaging and fun in order to re-motivate learners and most importantly, train them effectively. Indeed, the only playful activity was the driving simulator.

THE SOLUTION THANKS TO IMMERSIVE FACTORY

2019: VR headset & 1 warehouse and factory module used in the EMS

2020 : Unlimited subscription on all the proposed modules (more than 50 modules) used in the EMS

The training slots provided by the EMS are relatively short since COVID, going from 3 hours to 1h30. In this short time SPIE decided to have the learners go through generic and short modules in order to maximize the training time with impactful VR modules. 

The main advantages of a VR module according to Lucie Dupond (Safety Prevention Engineer SPIE Nuclear France):

  • Emotional impact: VR has the effect of reproducing sensations as close to reality as possible, allowing better memorization of good practices
  • Participation: The learner is an active participant in his or her training and his or her colleagues participate by watching the participant's journey in real time
  • Time: SPIE decided to use a short module to do other activities alongside the simulator or the addiction module on the course (alcohol/substance abuse glasses)

ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE SUCCESS 

The 2020 objective was to train 1,000 employees and to take advantage of VR to revitalize training.

In 2020, almost 900 people were trained despite the fact that the mobile school was stopped for four months due to COVID.

SPIE decided to renew their Immersive Factory subscription for the 2nd consecutive year. The feedback was very positive from the learners as well as from the QSE referents, here are some examples:

For the future, the SPIE France QSE Director would like to have a special module developed for all of SPIE and equip all of the group's mobile schools/training agencies with it. 

Investor quote: 

"SPIE's real asset is its employees, so it is crucial to safeguard their health and safety. With safety results among the best in the industry, we believe that SPIE is very well positioned. As the figures have continued to improve in recent years, the Group seems to have taken the right steps to address this issue.”  - An investor (Annual Report 2020) 

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