Human Factors in Design – Human Factors in Health and Safety, Module Four

Date From: 06 December 2017
Date To: 07 December 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Discover how to apply effective use of human factors principles in your design processes, reducing the risk of human error and accidents.
Venue: Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh, UK
Organiser: IChemE and The Keil Centre
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (01788) 534431
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The design of control rooms, plant and equipment can have a major impact on human performance. The earlier that human factors are considered in the design process the better, reducing the risk of human error and accidents.

Human Factors and Design examines the key human factors principles to address at the design stage, looking at how to integrate human factors within engineering programmes, how to develop effective procedures, human machine interfaces, process plant and control rooms.

Human Factors and Design is available as a one-off course, or as part of our broader human factors training programme, Human Factors in Health and Safety.

Download the Human Factors in Health and Safety brochure

What is covered

  • integrating human factors in design
    • key human factors issues to address within design
    • key HFE activities at different life cycle phases
    • HFE roles, responsibilities and competencies
    • risk screening for HFE
    • setting up a corporate standard for HFE in capital projects
  • developing effective procedures
    • introduction: to err is human
    • procedures and risk – when things to wrong
    • creating safety – when procedures are safety critical
    • procedures as part of risk management
    • how to develop good procedures
    • how to write usable procedures
    • putting procedures to work and managing change
    • developing useable procedures
  • human machine interface
    • Human Machine Interface design
    • displays and controls
    • principle of compatibility
    • control panel design
    • software interfaces and alarm handling
    • case study review of a major accident
  • plant and control room design
    • plant design: work area design and access; design for maintenance; materials handling; environmental ergonomics
    • building and control room design: building arrangement; control rooms; workstations/consoles; environmental ergonomics

Who should attend

Those looking for a thorough grounding in human factors eg:

  • internal human factors advisors / focal points
  • operations managers
  • HSE advisors and specialists
  • industry regulators


Single module: £1,300 + VAT

Book all four Human Factors in Health and Safety modules and pay £1,150 + VAT per module.

About Human Factors in Health and Safety

There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing human factors to achieve improved safety and business performance in the chemical process industries. Yet many of the safety and operational professionals charged with managing human factors have no formal qualifications or training in the human and behavioural sciences.

Human Factors in Health and Safety is modular training designed to meet the specific needs identified in the process industries. Developed by IChemE and the Keil Centre, the programme intends to increase understanding of the core human factors issues and outline how to manage them to achieve improved safety performance.

This is a one-year programme consisting of four intensive two-day events. This is supported by course reading, which together forms a broad human factors educational programme. You can complete the whole programme or attend single modules as relevant.

Topics are organised to cover the UK Health and Safety Executive's top human factors issues in major hazard sites, but these topics are just as applicable and relevant to non-UK regulatory frameworks.

Key features

  • content covers human factors in process safety, health and safety, with links to other aspects of business performance
  • a modular course design, with short residential events, also providing networking opportunities with like-minded professionals
  • sessions are delivered by recognised human factors professionals, with extensive process industry experience
  • events are a mix of theory, case studies, discussion and practical exercises in small syndicates
  • advice to help implement human factors solutions

Programme schedule

You can join at any point in the programme – modules are designed to be completed in any order.

You can complete the whole programme or attend single modules as relevant – modules are designed to work as stand-alone training courses as well as part of a broader training programme.

Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to 12.5 hours per module. 50 Hours for total programme. If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

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In partnership with:

The Keil Centre

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).