Human factors in the major hazard industries

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published two significant reports assisting both it and other organisations sharing the aim of using human factors to better manage and prevent the risk of major accident hazards.

In the first report, (RR758) the authors, Greenstreet Berman Ltd consider the extent to which those with influence within high hazard industries take account of Human factors and Ergonomics (HF/E) when making decisions about ‘process safety'. The second report, from Oxford University (RR772) details the offshore working time arrangements in operation in the UK North Sea sector and reviews evidence of their effects on the performance and health and safety of offshore personnel. The report also includes information obtained in interviews with occupational health and safety specialists in the oil and gas industry when asked about offshore work/leave schedules, shift rotation, issues of cumulative fatigue and rest offshore and other aspects of working time arrangements.

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