Human Factor Topics

Human Factor Topics

Human Factors is a wide-ranging discipline and is applicable to all industries and environments. My experience is primarily in the process industry and I focus on delivering the topic areas which COMAH sites are required to address. See the list of topics below to see how I can help you to address them.

Human Factors Work Plans

  • Development of strategic direction for Human Factors
  • Identification of topic areas and priorities
  • Development of work scope and resource requirements
  • Delivery of Human Factors Standards and Procedures

Safety Critical Task Management

  • Identification of Safety Critical Tasks derived from Major Accident Hazard scenarios
  • Hierarchical Task Analysis
  • Human Error Analysis
  • Walk through/Talk through of tasks
  • Identification of key Safety Critical Steps

Competence Management

  • Design of Competence Management Systems
  • Identification of required competences for defined job roles
  • Development of competence standards
  • Development of competence assessment requirements

Management of Organisational Change

  • Identification of Safety Critical Roles
  • Incorporation of Safety Critical elements into Job Descriptions
  • Development of Organisational Change Systems and Risk Assessment tools


  • Development of Operating Procedure Structures aligned to user requirements
  • Development of procedure templates
  • Development of good practice guidance for procedure writers

Fatigue and Shiftwork

  • Development of Fatigue Management Systems

Incident Investigation

  • Incorporation of Human Factors into Incident Investigation techniques
  • Application of the Just Culture model

Safety Critical Communications

  • Shift handover guidance and best practice
  • General safety communications training


  • Staffing assessments
  • Supervisor support

Organisational Culture

  • Safety Culture Assessment
  • Hearts and Minds Safety Culture Toolkit

Regulator Interactions

  • Development of the Human Factors Technical Section of the COMAH Safety Report
  • Support for HSE interventions

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My job is to support you to deliver your human factors strategy from conceptual planning, through implementation, to delivery of training.

What are Human Factors and Why do they Matter?

The HSE definition states:

‘Human factors refer to environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics, which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety.’

It is often stated that ‘human error’ is to blame for more than 80% of all accidents.

How can Human Factors Help Save Money

In the words of the late Trevor Kletz,

There’s an old saying that if you think safety is expensive, try an accident. Accidents cost a lot of money. And, not only in damage to plant and in claims for injury, but also in the loss of the company’s reputation’.