Safety campaigners in the oil and gas industry are shining a spotlight on the vital role human factors can play in protecting offshore workers and creating a work environment where fewer accidents and injuries happen
Getting the right diagnosis is vital for patients, but could attempts to reduce the risk of errors by doctors be focusing on the wrong factors and do we need to think again about the advice given to medics?
Blame for maritime accidents has often focused on mistakes by a ship’s crew, but human factors experts say a ‘reverse Swiss cheese’ approach which pays more attention to decisions made at boardroom level could help promote safety
If we want to shake off the “default male” perspective that’s often influenced the design of our roads and railways and attract more women workers to the transport industry, then human factors could have the key to positive change
The COP26 summit put climate change at the top of the world’s agenda, with countries and major companies pledging step up efforts to help our planet. But it’s not just big businesses who want to play their part in reaching the ambitious target of net zero emissions.
Writing a white paper is the ideal way to share your human factors expertise, suggest solutions to problems and put forward new approaches to challenges. Recent examples from the CIEHF include tackling cyber security and the use of artificial intelligence in digital healthcare.
More work is needed on understanding and addressing a lack of sleep in rail workers, a new study has argued. Researchers looked at the difference between when staff were on day shifts and when they were working at night.
User experience (UX) and how we interact with products and services has become a critical part of design. Its relationship – and overlap – with human factors is something that’s sparked plenty of discussion and it will be one of the topics in the spotlight at Ergonomics & Human Factors 2022.
Architects are seeing a growing trend for curved surfaces that boost wellbeing and help improve people’s moods. New technologies and techniques are making it easier to create the free-flowing structures from materials such as wood, concrete and glass, according to architecture website ArchDaily.
Delays in communication can have a damaging effect on astronauts, both mentally and physically and a time lag of up 22 minutes is expected on future missions to Mars. Could a new tool be the answer to healthy communication in space?