Tag Archives: practice

Suitably Qualified and Experienced? Five Questions to ask before buying Human Factors training or consultancy

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being … Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Loneliest Profession in Healthcare

You’d expect that Human Factors/Ergonomics would be very relevant to the NHS. But is it actually integrated? Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Safety | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Organisational Homelessness of ‘Human Factors’

Most fields of professional activity have a settled home within the divisional and departmental structures of organisations. Operational staff work in operational divisions. Engineering staff work in engineering divisions. Everyone else tends to know their place: finance, human resources, legal, … Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Safety, systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Human Factors at The Fringe

There have been many debates in human factors about its status as science or art or both, and the scientific literature has recorded some of the issues spanning back over 50 years (e.g., de Moraes, 2000; Moray, 1994; Wilson, 2000; … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Humanistic Psychology, Safety, systems thinking | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice: A Forthcoming Practitioner-Focused Book

Ten years ago, I found myself caught between two worlds. I had spent several years in practice in various industries, as an internal consultant in an air traffic service provider and as an external consultant in an international consultancy. Then … Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Is Ergonomics a Scientific Discipline? No.

This is taken from the article “Head to head: Is Ergonomics a Scientific Discipline?”, published in The Ergonomist, Newsletter of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, July 2012. It is a response to an article by the IEHF President … Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Human factors research and practice – Part 2: bridging the gap

This article by Steve Shorrock and Amy Chung was published in The Ergonomist (newsletter of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors), March 2010. It is reproduced here to give more open access and to encourage further conversation on this … Continue reading

Posted in Human Factors/Ergonomics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment