Key Topics

I was a Specialist Inspector in Human Factors at the UK HSE (Health & Safety Executive) for many years. After creating a “Top 10” of human factors topics in 2001, our specialist team structured inspections, investigations and enforcement around these topics. This helped to make our interventions on the somewhat-nebulous subject of human factors more transparent to industry (and also to our non-specialist colleagues).

This structure has since been used by many safety-critical industries, professional associations, consultants, regulators and academics. It is these key topics, and others, that influence how we act and think. Understanding and improving these key topics is the essence of human factors.

Select from the Key Topics menu above, use the Search box, or see this A-Z of human factors topics.

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