(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Often incidents are attributed to human involvement. This gives the impression that people cause incidents. However, most mistakes, actions and decisions are themselves the result of the way the workplace is set up, how work is designed, equipment and control measures, and how leaders influence the culture in an organisation.
Human factors are the physical, psychological and social characteristics that affect human
interaction with equipment, systems, processes, other individuals and work team(s).
It is the people on our ships and in our operations and support teams who make safety work. However, human error still occurs in interaction with conditions, systems and/or other people. By addressing these interactions, we can reduce human error, thereby reducing incidents and improving reliability and productivity.
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has released this paper outlining the organisation’s approach to human factors. The organisation’s mission, which was updated at the beginning of 2020, promises that human factors will be considered in everything the organisation does.
OCIMF aims to improve safety and environmental protection in the maritime industry by considering human factors when providing guidance and recommendations.
The Human Factors Approach paper outlines how OCIMF will integrate human factors into its activities and contribute to making our industry progress on human factors. It includes:
- A set of principles that guide OCIMF’s actions on human factors.
- An overall goal for OCIMF.
- Framework to understand how human factors issues impact operations.
- Opportunities to take action.
Click below to download the OCIMF information paper on how to approach to human factors