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Human factors and ergonomics

Control Room

People are involved in all aspects of work, which is why HSE recognises the importance that human factors can play in helping avoid accidents and ill-health at work.

Key topics

We have taken a topic-focused approach to human factors. These topics have proven to be key issues based on research, consultation with industry & intermediaries, and our inspection experience.

More Topics

New Human Factors Delivery Guide

The Competent Authority (CA) has launched a new Delivery Guide for inspecting human factors at COMAH sites. The new framework clarifies key topics, introduces success criteria and brings scoring of visits for the first time.

Delivery Guide


Human and organisational factors have contributed to the causes of several recent incidents.