The EI has revised its Human factors briefing notes resource pack and this is now available from the EI website (both for purchase as a hardcopy pack, or freely downloadable as PDFs).
To improve industry’s understanding of key human factors issues, as identified by HSE, the EI’s Human and Organisational Factors Committee (HOFCOM) commissioned the first edition of the Human factors briefing notes resource pack in 2003. This pack of 16 briefing notes provided succinct guidance on specific human factors issues or topics (from fatigue to task analysis), supporting the HSE human factors key topics.
The 2011 edition briefing notes have been revised, updated, and redesigned, making them easier to read, but also more practical to use.
They have also been expanded to cover 20 topics:
- Introduction – introduction to human factors
- Alarm handling
- Organisational change
- Safety critical procedures
- Training and competence
- Safety culture
- Task analysis
- Human error and non-compliance
- Human reliability analysis
- Behavioural safety
- Incident and accident analysis
- Human factors integration
- Performance indicators – new for 2011
- Leadership – new for 2011
- Pressure and stress – new for 2011
- Occupational safety vs. process safety – new for 2011
Each briefing note includes:
- An introduction to a human factors issue.
- Guidance on what the company or management can do to address that human factors issue.
- ‘Negative’ and ‘positive’ case studies (illustrating both the consequences of an issue and potential solutions).
- Suggested performance indicators (PIs) for the HSE ‘key topics’.
- Further reading lists.
Notably, 15 of the briefing notes include a simple checklist of ‘yes/no’ questions to help you quickly gauge whether your company has a problem with that particular human factors issue.
The briefing notes will be of interest to anyone wanting to gain an overview of human factors or of particular human factors issues they are facing, and to managers who are looking to apply practical solutions to solve these issues.