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Human Factors in Risk Assessment

When we address human factors in relation to health and safety, we're aiming to optimise human performance and reduce human failures. Organisations need to take a proportionate approach to human factors in risk assessment based on their hazard and risk profile.

HSE’s approach to risk assessment is presented in the ‘Controlling the risks in the workplace’ . The assessment of human failures is implicit in that process. Where it needs to be made more explicit is where the hazard warrants it i.e. where there is a major hazard or significant occupational health and safety hazard. In either case, you need an adequate understanding of the human role in the relevant task or activity.

Key Principles in integrating Human Factors in Risk Assessment:

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