Can the decision ladder framework help inform industry risk assessment processes?

Hassall, Maureen E. and Sanderson, Penelope M. (2014) Can the decision ladder framework help inform industry risk assessment processes?. Ergonomics Australia, 10 3: .

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Author Hassall, Maureen E.
Sanderson, Penelope M.
Title Can the decision ladder framework help inform industry risk assessment processes?
Journal name Ergonomics Australia
ISSN 1033-1875
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 10
Issue 3
Total pages 5
Place of publication Baulkham Hills, NSW Australia
Publisher Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The decision ladder framework is a diagrammatic template that can be used to identify a range of different
ways a task might be performed which could make it useful in industry risk assessment processes. However, there seem
to be no studies on practitioners’ perceptions when trying to apply the decision ladder framework.

Aim: The aim of this study was to gain insights into participants’ perceptions of the understandability, usability, and usefulness of the decision ladder framework after they had tried to use it in a risk assessment process.

Method: The study involved participants from industry and from a university. Working in pairs, participants used the decision ladder framework to identify the range of ways operators might perform a prescribed task as part of a risk assessment processes. Participant comments were recorded and analysed to extract insights relating to their use of decision ladder framework.

Results: Feedback from participants suggests that more could be done to make the decision ladder framework more understandable and usable. The feedback also indicates that using decision ladder framework may be useful because it helps people think more deeply about the range of ways humans can perform tasks.

Conclusions: The study results indicate that the decision ladder framework might help people think more about the range of ways humans can perform work in industrial contexts. However, further work is required to improve the understandability and usability of the decision ladder and to determine whether its use might add value to industry risk assessments processes.
Keyword Cognitive work analysis
Risk assessment
Decision ladder
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 03 Dec 2014, 05:36:47 EST by Maureen Hassall on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre