01 Feb 2022

Human Factors Safety Critical Task Analysis (Human Reliability)

Developed for safety-critical industries to provide knowledge and techniques to use human factors in proactive risk assessment.

About the course

This course is designed to give you the relevant skills and knowledge you need to do SCTA from scratch. No prior knowledge or experience is required but some rudimentary knowledge of human factors, task analysis and human error would be desirable. This can be gained through our free mini-course

Who should attend?

  • Plant Managers
  • Process Safety specialists 
  • Process plant designers 
  • Supervisors 
  • Senior process operators 
  • Procedures and training developers 

Why should you attend?

Primarily to make critical tasks safer. More deeply to embed human factors thinking within an organisation through reviewing SOPs and realigning work-as-imagined and work-as-done.

This course is primarily for delegates and organisations who want the capability to do SCTA themselves. Our best practices will fulfil HSE requirements for the SCTA elements of Topic 1 if followed correctly. Some organisations use this course to become an intelligent customer so they can better procure and manage others doing this work for them, others use this course as a first step on the ladder to doing SCTA themselves as a focal point within an organisation, and other organisations promulgate this methodology more widely, so operators and maintenance staff take more ownership of their tasks, SOPs and risk management.

Course content

  1. Human Factors for Process Safety.
  2. Overview of Safety Critical Task Analysis.
  3. Human Failure and non-compliance.
  4. Foundations of task analysis talks.
  5. Task analysis: industry case study workshop.
  6. Failure and PIF analysis (a) foundation.
  7. Failure and PIF analysis (b) demos.
  8. Failure and PIF analysis (c) workshop.
  9. Practical advice on running workshops and walkthroughs.
  10. SCTA outputs and impact talks.


End of module quizzes and workshop activities provide opportunities for self- assessment for the learner and formative evaluation of the course for the trainer.

Expected outcomes

  • Understand SCTA regulations and the HSE’s Human Factors Road Map.
  • Identify the different types of human failure and issues to do with non-compliance.
  • Use techniques such as Hierarchical Task Analysis.
  • Understand and apply Failure and PIF analysis.
  • Understand how to run successful workshops and walkthroughs.
  • Develop procedures and competency requirements based on the results of these analyses. 

What’s included?

  • Over 20hrs of video talks, quizzes, activities and workshops.
  • Six webinars with experienced Human factors trainers from HRA.
  • Participants will engage with a detailed industrial case study as part of the course, which has a high degree of vulnerability to different types of human failure.
  • Feedback on task analysis, failure analysis and PIF analysis.
  • Access to the Human Reliability Academy SCTA course materials for two months.
  • Access to the Human Factors Risk Manager (HFRM) software for two months. This is a useful teaching aid. SCTA can be done without the software but it is more efficient and effective with it.

About Human Reliability

Founded in 1982, HRA is one of the longest established Human Factors and Ergonomics consultancies in the UK, working in sectors such as oil and gas, chemicals and, power generation. The company is one of the leading providers of Human Factors Safety Critical Task Analysis (SCTA) required by the HSE to support COMAH safety reports. The team is made up of highly experienced HF Consultants equipped with a fully developed suite of in-house software tools, the Human Factors Risk Manager (HFRM). HRA provides a comprehensive range of training courses to develop the capability for companies to carry out their own in-house SCTA reviews for submission to the HSE.

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