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Human Factors at Nasa

December 14, 2012

Very Interesting to see how Nasa is appraoching Human Factors! See the webite

Desire Lines

December 12, 2012

Desire lines are tangible proof that people do not allow themselves to be straitjacketed in public space and that they only have one goal: to find the shortest way from A tot B.

Course dates for 2013

December 12, 2012

On our website you can find the dates for the courses we offer in 2013.

Social Jet Lag

October 1, 2012

Why are most people in industrialized societies so tired? The reason lies in an increasing discrepancy between our body clocks’ internal time and the social demands on work/school days. This causes a phenomenon which we call social jetlag.

Because we predominately work inside, our body clocks have become later over the years while work times have stayed approximately the same.
Body clocks use the light-dark cycle to synchronize to the 24-hr day, while society manipulates social time (e.g., time zones and daylight saving time) ignoring the internal time of an individual. The signal to fall asleep is predominantly controlled by the body clock, whereas wake-up on workdays is enforced by the social clock. As a consequence, close to 80% of the population uses alarm clocks on workdays. The more “social jetlag” people suffer from, the more likely they are to smoke, drink alcohol, and consume caffeine, and the odds are higher that they belong to the overweight/obese portion of the population.

The Roots of Jobsite Safety Culture

September 27, 2012

“A lot of the time, people look at prevention like: if you want to protect your head you put on a helmet, if you want to protect your feet you put on steel toes,” Alicia Brady of the Canadian Construction Safety Alliance says. “But, injuries are more complex than just trying to do this job with these procedures to complete the task.”

Read the whole story in the Journal of Commerce.

The Definition of Human Factors

September 26, 2012

What is the definition of Human Factors? A question hard to answer, because it will differ for every person. Better is to ask, what do Human Factors mean to you? In this post the team of HFSolutions give their view.

Human Factors means to me:

“To recognize the small path between succes and error and walk it with confidence”.
(Pilot Patrick Gruber)

“To always ask one more question”.
(Medical Technical Radiographer Michele Imhasly)

“To find a solution in stead of someone to blame”.
(Pilot Heidemarie den Boer)

“To understand myself a bit more, so I can understand others better”.
(Emergency Physician Oliver Reisten)

“To understand the limitations of human beings, will help me to survive in critical situations”.
(Mountain Rescue Technician Menno Boermans)

“To appreciate the human being as our most valuable asset and to provide him with knowledge, skills, and attitudes so that he can have the most useful effect”. (Psychologist Claudia Keinrath)

Do Our Phones Really Threaten Planes?

September 15, 2012

What are the odds that you are on a flight where everyone actually follows the “turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing” rule? According to this article by Dan and Chris in the Wall Street Journal, the answer is about 1 in 100 quadrillion. But there have been no accidents attributed to cell phone interference. Policy should be based on evidence rather than fear.

Read this article in the Wall Street Journal.