New Human factors foundation course, London, 24-28 November 2014

August 27, 2014

The Energy Institute (EI) is pleased to announce development of a new five-day course delivering a comprehensive introduction into human factors for non-specialists. The course provides a practical, engaging and interactive background to key topic areas, as well as to how human and organisational factors (HOF) can be applied within the workplace. Designed to bridge the gap between ‘awareness level’ and ‘practitioner level’ human factors knowledge and offerings, this course is designed to:

  • provide a comprehensive practical introduction to human factors
  • give non-specialists a basis from which to begin implementing HOF within their work

Who should take this course?

  • Those working within operating companies – including managers, operators and supervisors (anyone with a responsibility for people, safety and the environment)
  • Those receiving university training as a prelude to working within major accident hazard industries (eg. engineering degrees, business degrees, (such as MBA’s) as well as recent graduates

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should understand:

  • the meaning of HOF and the scope of the subject
  • common approaches to the management of HOF, and appreciate the benefits of applying these approaches in a major accident hazard context
  • how HOF techniques can be integrated with other risk management activities

This course provides 35 hours CPD. Please click here for more information.


EI member: £1,550.00 (+VAT) Non EI member: £1,800.00 (+VAT)

For more details on any of the training courses or to book please contact the training department on
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Distractions at work lead to poor performance

August 8, 2014

A recent study by George Mason University (here) tested the effects of distractions on people producing written essays. Those who suffered distractions produced less words over the same period of time and their work was graded lower in quality. An interview with the researcher can be found here, who suggests we should actively try to minimise the opportunity for disruption to our work.

Whilst this may be unsurprising to many, do most organisations actively consider ways to minimise distractions to employees?