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Human Factors in Health and Safety

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

At the Risk Tool Box, we've noticed over the previous 15-years or so that there is an increasing emphasis on the type of work we do and the importance of managing ‘human factors’ to achieve improved safety and business performance in high-reliability industries.

It is now established that human, rather than technical failures represent the greatest threat to complex and potentially hazardous systems.

Commencing in 2013, the IChemE will offer a one-year programme leading to a recognized Certificate in Human Factors.  The programme will comprise four intensive two-day events supported by course reading and will take place at the Mercure Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

The programme will be of particular interest to:

•   Human factors advisors;

•   Operations managers;

•   HSE advisors and specialists; and

•   Industry regulators.

The two-day events include the following modules on the associated dates:

Module 1 - An introduction to Human Factors (6-7 February 2013);

Module 2 - Human reliability and failure (29-30 May 2013);

Module 3 - Organisational issues (4-5 September 2013); and

Module 4 - Human factors and design (5-6 February 2014).

This basic structure of the course for two audiences, specifically:

•  Those who want to complete the whole programme, who would complete the initial consultancy skills pre-reading, and all four two-day events, leading to an IChemE and Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Certificate of Course Completion; and

•  Those who wish to attend single events (subject to availability).

For further details contact: IChemE in Australia, Level 7, 455 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, +61 (0)3 9642 4495 or

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