EI launches free human factors web-based training course

Understanding how human factors influence performance is a key aspect in preventing and mitigating major accidents within industry, and the EI is continually producing new tools to improve the understanding of those working in industry. Under the guidance of the EI’s Human and Organisational Factors Committee, or HOFCOM (see Who are the HOFCOM?), a new free online training course has been launched.

Human factors awareness: web-based training course is based on the human factors key topics identified by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive. Each of the 11 modules covers:

  • an introduction to the human factors key topic;
  • problems and issues linked to that topic;
  • the causal factors that make these problems and issues more likely;
  • possible solutions;
  • real examples and case studies where applying human factors has been beneficial, and
  • assessment questions to test learning.

The course is interactive, providing links to other useful websites and videos. Each module takes around 30 minutes to complete, saving progress and enabling users to return to the course at a later date.

The training is aimed at building awareness of human factors and is intended for those whose work may impact safety, whether directly through their work, or through managing people. On completion of the course, users should be able to identify human factors issues and their potential impact on safety, and understand the range of approaches and solutions that are available to manage these issues.

While this course was originally developed for use by those working in the energy sector, it can be applied across numerous other industrial sectors where safety is of prime importance. This new training course supports the EI’s portfolio of resources designed to increase awareness of human factors. This includes Human factors briefing notes, Workforce involvement poster pack, and Guidance on human factors safety critical task analysis.

To access this training course, please visit: www.eihoflearning.org

We’d like to hear your feedback on the training course – please send feedback to Stuart King e: sking@energyinst.org.

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