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

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 12.5

Overview

This module is also offered online – view details >>

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 in 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, and process plant and control room design.

This is module four of our Human Factors in Health and Safety training programme, which has been designed to increase understanding of key human factors topics relevant to safety in the process industries.

Delegates can choose to attend Human Factors in Design as a one-off course to develop understanding in this particular area, or alongside the other Human Factors in Health and Safety modules to get a comprehensive overview of human factors. 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to integrate human factors in design
  • Understand how to develop effective and safe procedures
  • Understand human machine interface design
  • Understand how to integrate human factors into plant and control room design

Who will benefit?

The course content is at an awareness level and is ideally suited to engineering project managers or HSE managers who are responsible for the integration of human factors in design. It would also benefit specific disciplines, eg process engineers, controls and instrumentation engineers, piping engineers, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers.

Course outline

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 usable 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.

Previous delegates say

Previous delegates said that Human Factors in Design would help them to:

  • improve human factors awareness in design and safety assessments
  • introduce more ergonomics and human factors details into HAZOP studies
  • design human centred plant and processes
  • review Management of Change and HAZOP processes to ensure that human factors engineering is captured
  • develop a company standard for project activity that includes human factors requirements
  • introduce the processes and systems covered on the course into a plant expansion project
  • update operating procedures to cover human factors requirements
  • develop a human factors strategy for the business
  • identify and close gaps in current systems
  • define human factors activity with consultants
  • become a more effective advisor when supporting capital projects

Other face-to-face dates

All modules will be held in Edinburgh, UK.

Those wishing to take all four modules to complete the Human Factors in Health and Safety programme can study them in any order and take a mix of online and face-to-face modules.

See our online module dates>>

Discounts

Book all four Human Factors in Health and Safety modules and pay £1300 + VAT per module.

COVID-19 

Last updated: 16 February 2022

IChemE continues to monitor and adhere to local government guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will communicate specific requirements and guidelines with course attendees ahead of each training course.

Whilst our usual cancellation terms and conditions apply, delegates can transfer to a later face-to-face course date or an online iteration of the same course at any stage, without incurring a cancellation fee.

In the event that IChemE cannot deliver the training course as planned, a full refund will be provided.

About Human Factors in Health and Safety

Learn more about the Human Factors in Health and Safety programme>>

Download our Human Factors in Health and Safety brochure>>

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

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