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Human Factors at Nasa

December 14, 2012

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

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.

Hf Quote of the Week

September 14, 2012

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

HF Course in Swiss Newspaper

September 13, 2012

The Swiss newspaper Walliser Bote published an interview with HF Solutions’s Patrick Gruber. Topic is the Human Factors course for doctors and other medical professionals that recently took place in the Swiss Lötschental.

Stress Proof Seat Belts

September 12, 2012

On a recent flight from London to Sydney, Human Factors Expert Menno Boermans noticed something special. The seatbelts of the Quantas A380 are different than normally encountered in airplanes. In stead of the buckle where you need to lift a flap, in the A380 you open the belt by pushing a button: just like you do with seatbelts in a car.

“Interesting”, Boermans says. “It looks like at Airbus they had Human Factors in mind when designing the plane. It is known and proven that in emergency situations people tend to react without thinking. As stress levels in the body rise, the brain shuts down (or if you like; gears up) to safe your sole. In this so called ‘fight or flight’ situation you act on automatisms. Without being fully conscious you do things you learned in your life by earlier experiences. This comes in handy, because often there is no time to analyse the situation. As most people drive cars, it is more likely that in an emergency situation you will be able to open a seatbelt, when it is designed like the one you are using on an everyday basis”.