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Human Factors

Often incidents are attributed to human involvement. This gives the impression that people cause incidents. However, most mistakes, actions and decisions are themselves the result of the way the workplace is set up, how work is designed, equipment and control measures, and how leaders influence the culture in an organisation.

Human factors are the physical, psychological and social characteristics that affect human interaction with equipment, systems, processes, other individuals and work team(s).

It is the people on our ships and in our operations and support teams who make safety work. However, human error still occurs in interaction with conditions, systems and/or other people. By addressing these interactions, we can reduce human error, thereby reducing incidents and improving reliability and productivity.

OCIMF aims to improve safety and environmental protection in the maritime industry by considering human factors when providing guidance and recommendations.


MEG4 Human Factors

This video explains the importance of considering human factors during design and highlights key areas for designers to consider.

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