Human Factors of Safety Management
Human error is a factor in most major accidents. In many cases the organisation, prior to the accident, thought it had mature and effective safety management arrangements.
High reliability is dependent on human performance.
Human Factors requirements
In high hazard and safety critical operations, it is essential that safety management arrangements optimise the Human Factors of risk control, especially in complex systems and time critical operations. When organisations undergo change, whether this is downsizing, performing new operations or using new technology, the Human Factors of safety management must be optimised.
The regulation of all high hazard operations (such as COMAH and other safety case regulations) requires that Human Factors is effectively integrated into safety management arrangements.
Human Factors can determine safety requirements from safety cases, safety assessment and safety critical task analysis, and go from these to identification of suitable and effective Human Factors systems and arrangements. By taking a person-centred approach, informed by professional expertise in human and organisational performance, Human Factors ensures that safety management arrangements are effective and sustainable, and support high reliability operations….with people being part of the solution not part of the problem.
High Reliability Organisations are able to manage and sustain almost error-free performance despite operating in hazardous conditions where the consequences of error could be catastrophic. – Health and Safety Executive.
We offer a comprehensive set of services that provide a wholistic approach to integrating Human Factors into safety management. From task design, through competence, organisation and ongoing learning, we cover all elements of assuring Human Factors of safety management.
- Human Factors Integration Plans
determining needs and developing solutions
- Investigating Human Performance issues
- Human Factors Benchmarking
- Audit – validation and verification
- Human Factors for safety cases
- Training in Human Factors of safety management
What is special about Greenstreet Berman
- Sharing lessons learnt from our cross sector expertise – rail, nuclear, oil and gas, emergency services, healthcare, chemicals, defence and others
- Experts in high hazard, safety critical and complex systems
- Technical Human Factors advisors to safety regulators
- Assists blue chip organisations to implement practical Human Factors solutions
- Professionally qualified psychologists: Human Factors and ergonomics
- Registered Consultancy with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
- Drawing on Human Factors latest best practice, standards and benchmarks to offer authoritative advice and support
- Cutting edge research into Human Factors and human performance
Related Case Studies
Achieving Compliance Through People: A Workshop Based Approach To Creating A Compliance Culture
The aim of the Compliance Culture Workshops is to allow leaders to develop an understanding of compliance culture and determine how they can individually, and as a leadership team, utilise their strengths to help enhance culture.
‘Supervision+’ – scoring high marks for compliance through supervisor non-technical skills
In recognition of the role supervisors play, and in response to a desire to further improve safety performance within a Licensee Facility, Greenstreet Berman developed a tailored programme called ‘Supervision Plus (Supervision+),…
Organisational drift – a challenge for enduring safety performance
The challenge for any high-performing organisation is that the factors that drive a downward drift in safety performance…
Assessment of Leadership and Management for Safety – where do we start?
From Chernobyl, through Challenger, to Deepwater Horizon and Nimrod, it is the failings in the way that the organization managed safety and risk that make the headlines…
Risk and opportunities: best practice in safety management of change
Whether change becomes a threat or an opportunity depends on how well it is managed…
Managing driver managers – A Greenstreet Berman guide issued by Rail Safety and Standards Board
This guide has been developed on behalf of RSSB, by Greenstreet Berman, through industry wide consultation…
Human Factors and COMAH: The challenge of existing plant
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking a higher level of attention to Human Factors in the hazardous industries sector…
Should the NHS adopt a new system for predicting possible risks to patient safety?
Around 10% of patients admitted to NHS hospitals every year experience some kind of health care related harm. Estimates show that half of these incidents could be prevented…
Multiskilling: Implications for safe operations
Multiskilling is part of a raft of changes introduced by organisations with the aim of improving efficiency and competitiveness…