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What is human factors research?

Authors
Randolph-RF
Source
Holmes Saf Assn Bull 1996 Dec; :18
NIOSHTIC No.
20025465
Abstract
Human Factors is a young science that emerged during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Its practitioners study human abilities and characteristics, and work to apply that information to the safe design and operation of equipment, systems, and jobs. By taking the strengths and limitations of human beings into consideration, Human Factors designers can make jobs safer, more productive, and more rewarding. Human Factors research in mining started over 20 years ago. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 spawned new studies of industrial safety problems in mining. These studies showed that 50% to 85% of all mining injuries are due, in large part, to human error. The evidence suggested that poorly designed equipment, work environments, and ineffective training are often the cause of these performance errors.
Keywords
Humans; Human-factors-engineering; Mining-industry; Training; Mining-equipment; Industrial-engineering; Biomechanics; Biomechanical-modeling; Biomechanical-engineering
Publication Date
19961201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3888
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Holmes Safety Association Bulletin
State
PA
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