In the previous two articles in this series on human factors, we looked at organisational and job factors. This time, we’ll turn our attention to individual factors. Individual Factors Every human being is unique and is the sum of a complex range of physical and psychological characteristics and attributes; and socio-cultural influences. People bring their
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In the last article, we looked at organisational factors and how they can impact health and safety. In this article, we’ll turn the focus onto job factors. Successful management of human factors and the control of risk involves the development of systems designed to take proper account of human capabilities and fallibilities. Using techniques like
The HSE definition of human factors is: “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.” A simple way to view human factors is to think about three aspects: the organisation the job the individual …and
Are you clear on the difference between the two? Managing is about doing things right. The emphasis: efficiency. Whatever it is that needs to be done, the utilisation of management techniques will get it done faster. It’s tactical. It asks “how can we achieve xyz?” Leadership is about doing the right things. The emphasis: effectiveness.
Every group of people develops a ‘culture’. In an organisation with a good safety culture everyone puts health and safety high on the list and adopts the same positive attitudes to health and safety. This influences the ways in which individuals in the group handle new events and decisions. Safety culture has been defined as
People are involved in all aspects of work. Human factors are concerned with three interrelated areas: What people are being asked to do (the job and its characteristics); Who is doing it (the individual and their competence); Where they are working (the organisation and its attributes). The job Tasks should be designed in accordance
If your struggling in terms of not having enough time to do the things you need to do, try prioritising all of your tasks according to their urgency and/or importance. A ringing telephone might seem urgent, but calls are usually not important. Delegate this stuff. Surfing sites like Facebook etc. is neither urgent or important.