In March the first group of participants graduated from the première course of a unique joint venture between NUAC, LFV and Entry Point North – the Applied Human Factors course.

The new course is tailor-made for safety assessors and occurrence investigators to explore and further develop the human factors perspective of occurrence investigations and safety assessments. The course aims to combine the latest progressive view of safety with tools used during safety assessments and occurrence investigations, such as SOAM and RAT. The overall objective is to develop a platform to address the human factor domain using new methodologies, such as Safety II and Resilience Engineering.

The Applied Human Factors course is a 5-day course, divided into 2 different modules. It was developed and delivered by instructors representing all three organisations.

Module 1 is two days of classroom lessons and discussions on the following topics:
  • Human Factors in a historical perspective
  • Human Factors and the human mind
  • Human Factors in system design
  • Risk and the perception of risk
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Safety culture or a culture of safety
  • Communicating safety
  • Working tools
  • Case study preparation

Between module 1 and module 2, the participants have one day of homework, preparing a case study of their own choice. The purpose of the case study is to incorporate and practice some of the new human factors perspectives/angles in combination with their daily tools.

Module 2 consists of case study presentations along with discussions and lessons learned. This is followed by an investigation of the usability of the current working tools and a strong focus on the way forward.

The first Applied Human Factors course was very well received by all the participants, especially appreciating the tailor-made content and instructors coming from the participants’ organisations.

The course can easily be adapted to other types of personnel and the number of days and case studies can similarly be adjusted according to the participants’ group. If you wish to know more about the new Applied Human Factors course, please contact us at