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Guide to Applying Human Factors Methods : Human Error and Accident Management in Safety-Critical Systems - Pietro C. Cacciabue

Guide to Applying Human Factors Methods

Human Error and Accident Management in Safety-Critical Systems

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Human error plays a significant role in many accidents involving safety-critical systems, and it is now a standard requirement in both the US and Europe for Human Factors (HF) to be taken into account in system design and safety assessment. This book will be an essential guide for anyone who uses HF in their everyday work, providing them with consistent and ready-to-use procedures and methods that can be applied to real-life problems. The first part of the book looks at the theoretical framework, methods and techniques that the engineer or safety analyst needs to use when working on a HF-related project. The second part presents four case studies that show the reader how the above framework and guidelines work in practice. The case studies are based on real-life projects carried out by the author for a major European railway system, and in collaboration with international companies such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Volvo, Daimler-Chrysler and FIAT.

Human error plays a significant role in many accidents involving safety-critical systems
Because of this, it is now a standard requirement in both the US and Europe for Human Factors (HF) to be taken into account in system design and safety assessment
This book will be an essential guide for anyone who uses HF in their everyday work, providing them with consistent and ready-to-use procedures and methods that can be applied to real-life problems
The first part of the book looks at the theoretical framework, methods and techniques that the engineer or safety analyst needs to use when working on a HF-related project, and also generates guidelines for using them in the key areas of design, safety assessment, training and accident investigation
The second part presents four case studies that show the reader how the above framework and guidelines work in practice
The case studies are based on real-life projects carried out by the author for a major European railway system, and in collaboration with international companies such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Volvo, Daimler-Chrysler and FIAT
Focusing on the four key areas outlined above, they cover
The design of a human-machine interface for the automotive environment
Non technical training in civil aviation
A recurrent safety audit in a railway system
Accident investigation in the energy production and aviation domains
In addition to designers and safety engineers, this book will also be useful to regulators who need to develop new safety standards and requirements for technologically advanced and complex systems
It will also provide useful background reading for Masters and PhD students on engineering and safety, cognitive ergonomics and environmental safety courses
Table of Contents
Guide to Applying Human Factors Methods: Introduction
Elements of Human Machine Systems
Theories and Methods for Human Machine Systems
Guidelines for the Application of HF Methods in HMS
Application of HERMES for the Design of HMI Systems: Anti-Collision Warning in Automotive Environments
Application of HERMES in Training: A Human Factors Course in the Aviation Domain
Application of HERMES for Safety Assessment: The Safety Audit of a Large Railway Organisation
Application of HERMES for Accident Investigation: The case of a Thermoelectric power plant
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ISBN: 9781852337056
ISBN-10: 1852337052
Series: Springer Professional Computing
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 347
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68