Human Factors Workgroup

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The Human Factors workgroup is chaired by Bob Fennell (Chrysaor) and has the following membership;


Lamberto Nonno (Baker Hughes)

Steven Murphy (Taqa)




This workgroup sits within the Competence and Human Factors Steering Group, which has the aim to Safeguard the competency of leaders, staff and contractors at all levels in safety critical roles to ensure risks are properly controlled and human factors are properly considered. 

The Human Factors workgroup has the objective to Improve the basic knowledge and understanding of human factors to ensure human factor-related risks are properly managed and controlled. It does this in three ways;

  • Complete the development of the Human Factors Toolkit;
  • Analyse the output from the human factos toolkit to identify and understand potential cross-industry improvement areas;
  • Develop the industry's knowledge and understanding of human factors to influence engagement and provide sustainability.

The 2018 focus for the human factors workgroup will be to support the Human Factors tool and create engagement through a series of forums. You can see the drafted deliverables below;

Steering Group Objective Improve the basic knowledge and understanding of human factors to ensure human factor-related risks are properly managed and controlled through practical application.

Gather data from tool and prioritise industry themes, including developing CRM question set to unite simple processes and disciplines for an exponential organizational gain – simplify

Continue to sustain, embed and promote the online tool - engage

  1. Update the First Steps document to reflect changes with online tool
  2. Promote Crew Resource Management as the preferred behavioural safety approach

Engage with non-HF specialists etc for a technical/non-tech blend and encourage participation in human factors in the following industries;

  1. Nuclear
  2. Surgeons
  3. HSE
  4. Transport

Create a Human Factors engagement strategy – the antithesis of shelf-ware - sustain


The workgroup also run 6 lunch and learns throughout the year. These lunch and learns are limited to 15 spaces each and is a great way to interact with what the workgroup are doing and how to get a better understanding of how to apply human factors within your organisation. The short video below shows some highlights from previous lunch and learn sessions.



Due to the current climate in the offshore oil and gas industry, one of the key focuses for this workgroup going forward is Fatigue. Here are some useful examples from other industries in managing fatigue;


You can also see a useful presentation on Fatigue from one of our WEST Webinars. Neil Clark, delivered a presentation via webinar and you can watch it here; 

As well as this, we have held two cross-indsutry knoweldge share events to identify the similarities between different industries and human factors. The two videos below showcase the medical industry and the nuclear industry;

Human Factors in Medicine;

Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry;


Human Factors Case Studies

Stuck for a safety moment for your meetings? Have a look at some of our human factors case studies below. You can download them all in one here - Human Factors Case Studies

1.  People will put up with what they're given... 2. The best people DO make big mistakes 3. Managers are human too... 4. Right job, wrong equipment
5. Assumptions aren't always right 6. Knowing that a hazard is there DOESN'T always protect you... 7. Controls don't always do what you expect them to do 8. Close-enough procedures aren't close enough
9. Time to stop... 10. When sleep comes, nothing can stop it 11. Find a way to do it, by hook or by crook 12. Helpful guys get hurt


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