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Defence Industry Ergonomics
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Process Control Industry Ergonomics
Transport Ergonomics

..Ergonomics Applications
Abnormal Situation Management
Alarm Reduction
Complementing / Manning
Human-Computer Interaction
Safety Cases
Training Needs Analysis
Human Error / Human Reliability Assessment

..Human Factors Issues
Compliance with Safety Requirements
Diagnostic Tasks
Maintenance
Operator Stress
Shiftwork
Staffing for Safety Management
Training for Emergencies

..Nuclear Human Factors
Decommissioning
Nuclear Safety Cases
Refuelling/Defuelling
Refurbishment
Stress in the Control Room
..

Abnormal Situation Management
The onset of a plant fault or serious accident presents the most severe challenge to a plant operator’s skill.
Coping with an emergency or a serious incident in a process plant requires fluent and co-ordinated team activity. This will include decision-making, planning and problem-solving – all of which may have to take place under stressful circumstances.

Elements in guaranteeing successful and effective performance are:

  • Human –machine interfaces engineered to best ergonomics standards
  • Adaptive interfaces to meet the requirements for action
  • Well presented and thoroughly understood procedures
  • Well-trained and well rehearsed operations staff

Ergonomists should be involved in the design and development of all these elements to ensure that they match human limitations and abilities.

Synergy has:
  • Undertaken research studies into training for emergencies
  • Evaluated interfaces for emergency management
  • Evaluated procedures for fault and transient conditions