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.
Human Factors in Design is available as a one-off course, or as part of our broader human factors training programme, Human Factors in Health and Safety.
- 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.
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.
- Module Four: Human Factors in Design, 4–5 December 2019
- Module One: Managing Human Factors, 22–23 April 2020
- Module Two – Managing Human Failure, 3–4 June 2020, Edinburgh, UK
- Module Three – Strengthening Organisational Performance, 16–17 September 2020, Edinburgh, UK
- Module Four – Human Factors in Design, 2–3 December 2020, Edinburgh, UK
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You can join the programme at any point – modules can be completed in any order as part of a one-year programme. Book all four Human Factors in Health and Safety modules and pay £1150 + VAT per module.
You can sign up to complete the whole programme or attend single modules to develop understanding of a particular area of human factors.
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