Better integration of human factors considerations within safety in design

Horberry, Tim (2012) Better integration of human factors considerations within safety in design. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 15 3: 293-304. doi:10.1080/1463922X.2012.727108

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Author Horberry, Tim
Title Better integration of human factors considerations within safety in design
Journal name Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1463-922X
Publication date 2012-12-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1463922X.2012.727108
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 293
End page 304
Total pages 12
Place of publication Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract 'Safety in design' is becoming an increasingly used approach in a variety of domains. Also known as 'safe design' or 'prevention through design', the general process seeks to eliminate health and safety hazards, or minimise potential risks, by systematically involving end-users and decision makers in the full life cycle of the designed product or system. This article focuses on the need to better integrate human factors considerations within safe design for high-hazard industries. In particular, it describes the benefits of applying a task-based approach to assist design processes. By way of presenting a safe design method for equipment used in mining, it shows the need to obtain end-user input both to better reveal design deficiencies and to identify effective solutions for future equipment. Overall, a multidisciplinary framework is advocated, in particular by blending human factors techniques and structured risk management methods with the existing equipment design processes.
Keyword Mining equipment
Risk management
Safety in design
Task-based methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 21 Feb 2013, 15:59:45 EST by Dr Tim Horberry on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre