What is Human Factors and why is it Important?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019   |   10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT   |   Duration: 60 Minutes          


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This webinar provides a fundamental level appreciation of human factors and how it has been implemented within the engineering discipline to improve design and operation to support system goals.

Ben Woodcock   Product Id : 502283
  Instructor : Ben Woodcock

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This webinar is tailored to provide an overview of human factors and the benefits of applying human factors within the design process and ongoing system operations.

Human Factors can be classified into three areas:

  • Ergonomics
  • Human Performance
  • Organizational culture

However, the truth is that there is significant overlap between these three. Human Factors concerns the interface within a system between the human operator and other system elements. The purpose of human factors is to analyse and, if appropriate, modify system elements in order to support safe and effective achievement of system goals.

System elements include for example:
  • Working environment
  • Tools and equipment
  • Procedures
  • Organisational structure

Why should you Attend: Human Factors is now a globally recognized discipline and, in many jurisdictions, it is a requirement to demonstrate that it has been considered as part of design and operation of new systems.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the basics of human factors in that you'll be able to:
  • Understand the definition and scope of human factors
  • Recognize the benefits of user centred design
  • Identify opportunities where HF may improve current processes and designs
  • Discuss the regulatory environment in several jurisdictions

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • What is human factors?
  • What is covered by human factors?
  • What is the purpose of human factors?
  • Examples of where human factors has not been considered within the design process
  • Integration of human factors within the design process

Who Will Benefit:
  • Strategic and Operational Decision Makers within Complex Systems
  • Engineers involved in the Development of control Systems
  • Control Operators within Complex Systems
  • Safety Professionals

Speaker Profile
Ben Woodcock is a Human Factors Consultant with over 20 years experience of applying his discipline across several industries, including Rail and Transportation, Energy and Defense. He has operated within several countries including the UK, USA, Canada and UAE. He is currently the Project Delivery Director at SNC Lavalin’s Rail and Transit Division, based in Calgary, Canada.

Ben has contributed Human Factors leadership to many major design projects and operational systems. Examples of high profile projects Ben has worked on in recent years include the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit, Olympus TLP, Big Foot TLP and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Over the course of his 20 years experience he has developed an understanding of an optimized approach to integrating Human Factors throughout design and operating processes.

Ben is the author of several published papers in the fields of Risk Management and Human Factors. He has contributed to several Process Safety textbooks. Ben earned his BSc. at Loughborough University in the UK and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

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