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Columbus, OH September 21, 2020 1 day $845

Course Description

Government regulations and industry recommended practices are focusing attention in the process industries on human factors. OSHA's PSM standard, EPA's RMP rule and API's recommended practice for Safety Environmental Management Programs (SEMP), RP75, all address this topic. Human error as a cause of hazard scenarios must be identified and the factors that influence human errors must be considered. This latter topic falls within the field of human factors engineering. It deals with the person-process interface and how it influences the performance of people. 

People are key components of processes. They are involved in process design, operation, maintenance, etc. No step in the process life cycle is without some human involvement. Based on human nature, human error is a given and will arise in all parts of the process life cycle. Also, processes are generally not well-protected from human errors since many safeguards are focused on equipment failure. Consequently, it is likely that human error will be an important contributor to risk for most processes. This is evidenced by the number of major accidents that have been attributed to this cause. Therefore, it is vital that the factors influencing the likelihood of errors be identified and assessed to determine if improvements in the human factors design of the process are needed and possible.

Usually, in process safety management the topic of human factors is addressed during the performance of a process hazard analysis. However, PHA team members often have no background in human factors and are challenged by the assignment. This course is intended to provide process safety personnel with a better understanding and appreciation for the types of human factors issues that can impact on process safety so that improvements can be recommended.

This course explains what is meant by human factors in the context of process safety. Regulatory requirements are discussed and clarifications provided. Explanations are provided and examples are given for the various aspects of human factors involved in the interaction of people with processes so that attendees will be better able to identify such issues in their own processes in the future. Attendees are taught how to perform an assessment of the current human factors design of their processes. The importance and availability of design standards for human factors is also covered.

A detailed manual is provided for use as a reference after you have completed the course.


To understand how improving the human factors design of a process can produce not only improvements in safety and health but also gains in quality, productivity and employee job satisfaction.

Target Audience

This course is intended for process safety personnel, human factors engineers and others who need to understand the subject of human factors as it applies to process safety and be able to identify human factors issues in processes.

Course Contents

  • Overview
  • Regulatory Requirements for Human Factors
  • Model of Human Factors in Processes
  • Human Factors Issues in Processes
    • People
    • Communications
    • Process Equipment and Tools
    • Displays, Controls and Alarms
    • Computer Hardware
    • Computer Software
    • Procedures/Operating Instructions
    • Rules and Practices
    • Job Tasks
    • Workplace/Workstation
    • Control Room/Station
    • Environment
    • Organization
    • Supervision/Management
  • Human Factors Assessment Approaches
  • Human Factors Design Guidelines
    • Human Factors Program
    • Standards and Guidelines
    • Human Factors in the Process Lifecycle

Duration / Credits

  • One day
  • 0.7 CEUs or 7 PDHs awarded


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