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Decoding Human Factors

Welcome to Decoding Human Factors,

Human factors refer to environmental, organizational, and job factors, and individual characteristics that influence behavior in our working and living environment in a way that can affect health and safety. Understanding how human factors influence human performance is increasingly important as a safety management aid.

Companies must have a strong commitment to safety that enforces compliance with safety rules. If employees know that part of their job function includes their compliance with safety rules and wearing the required personal protective equipment, for example, they may be more attentive to avoid shortcuts, make less mistakes, and have fewer near-misses. Continued safety training is also important to the success of any employer.

Human factors can and should be included in a good safety management program. They need to be examined in a similar way to any other risk control system.