The term Human Factors refers to the environmental, organizational, and job factors, and human and individual characteristics, which influence behavior at work. Human Factors studies provide an understanding of the factors that can affect human performance.
Potential influences on human performance include fatigue, lack of motivation, constraints in the job such as an inefficient work environment, improper/inadequate tools, and organizational culture. These factors are referred to as Performance Influencing Factors (PIF). Those tasks which are considered crucial should be performed appropriately. Else, it may end up in severe consequences. This demands effective and systematic consideration of these factors. Task Analysis and Human Reliability Analysis (HRA) are some of the vital tools that help in evaluating the risks and serve similarly to other risk assessments.
Evaluating human factors is an integral element in the risk assessment of COMAH sites. Here a comprehensive understanding of those tasks crucial to the safety and proactive measures to be implemented for optimizing human performance in order to safeguard people and the environment is necessary.