Human Factors Integration & Ergonomics

With the growing complexity of our facilities and about 90% of industrial accidents traceable to human errors, integrating human factors into facilities design and construction has become imperative. Although, human errors are not the root cause of these accidents, a deficient system made the human error possible leading to disasters. In today’s design world, human factors integration into design is all about designing the facilities to make human error almost impossible (i.e. make it difficult for operators to make mistake that will lead to a disaster by using human-oriented displays/controls, interlock systems etc.). Before these protections are designed, human factors analyses (Human Error Identification & Human Reliability Assessment) need to be done to determine possible error scenarios and error resilience of the systems. The results of these analyses are then integrated into the design of the facilities. This is why human factors analysis has now become an important part of safety and risk management.

In spite of this new focus on human factors integration, there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding universally on how this can be adopted by companies using a generic framework for consistent application. This is as a result of absence of common approach from industries. This service is developed to provide our clients with a consistent and effective means of integrating human factors into their facilities design and construction. This service is all about designing facilities and equipment to match human psychological capabilities and limitations. We also provide consultancy services in the other arm of human factors - designing facilities and equipment to match human physical capabilities and limitations – Ergonomics. There are several Human factors and ergonomics methods/analyses available, the methods to use and other human factors integration deliverables would depend on clients’ needs and project scope. Our Human Factors Integration & Ergonomics services include:

  • Control Room Layout & Design
  • Critical Task Identification and Analysis
  • Ergonomics Design - Workspace / Workplace
  • Human Error Identification, Analysis and Reduction
  • Human Factors Support to Safety Case
  • Human Machine Interface Design and Assessment
  • Human Reliability Analysis
  • Musculoskeletal Risk Reduction
  • Procedure Review and Development
  • Training and Competence Requirements
  • Work Organization, Team and Job Design

 

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