The one common factor in all places of work is this: It involves human.
Everyone who goes to work deserves to go home safe and sound to their family.
Human factors help us to understand the following to make workplace a safe place to work:
Our abilities and limitations,how we process information, think and make decision. Our attitudes and behaviour.
Tasks: what do our tasks and work involve? Do they involve repetitive motion and constant bending? What about heavy lifting? How often do we get a break from work?
Equipment: What equipment do we use at work? Are they designed to help us or hinder us? How can we make it easier for people to use? How do you measure "user-friendliness"?
Workplace: What are ergonomically designed workstations? Can we see the important dials and are we able to control the knobs without stretching? Is the workplace free from hazards that could make us trip and fall?
What kind of safety culture is there in our place of work? What sort of leaders do we have there? How is teamwork supported to ensure optimal team performance? Is there considersation for socio-technical systems design?
Read Mr. Hawazi Daipi's speech given at the recent Safety Symposium 2010 organised by UniSIM and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University:
Human Factors (Ergonomics)
is the science of understanding human capabilities, limitations, behaviour and emotions and applying this knowledge to design and evaluate systems, workplaces and environment to ensure that they are safe to work in and employees are able to be productive and happy at work..
Many WSH professionals are familiar with Rrisk Analysis & Assessment and implementing Safety Management Systems. These are their bread and butter activities in improving workplace health and safety.
This programmes covers all these topics and more...