Human Factors in Health and Safety - Module Four: Human Factors and Design , Perth

Date From: 14 November 2018
Date To: 15 November 2018
Location: Australia
Description: This one-year programme, comprising four intensive two-day events supported by course reading, which together form a broad human factors educational programme.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Perth, Australia
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Natalie Graser
Contact Phone: +61 (0) 3 9642 4494
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There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing human factors to achieve improved safety and business performance in the chemical process industries and resource sector. Major accidents, including those at Longford, Varanus Island, Montara, Gretley and Moura, have highlighted the importance of addressing this aspect of performance. However, many of the safety and operational professionals charged with managing human factors have no formal qualifications or training in the human and behavioural sciences.

Human Factors in Health and Safety is modular training designed to meet the needs identified in the process industries and resource sector. Designed by the Keil Centre and IChemE, this one-year programme intends to develop an understanding of the core human factors issues and outline how to manage them to achieve improved safety performance.

Key features

  • content covering human factors in process safety, health and safety, with links to other aspects of business performance
  • a modular course design, with short residential events, also providing networking opportunities with like-minded professionals
  • advice to help implement human factors solutions
  • training is delivered by recognised human factors professionals with significant process industry experience, drawn from a range of resource sector employers, specialist consultancies and industry regulators

Course content

Topics are organised to cover the UK Health and Safety Executive’s top human factors issues in major hazard sites, but these topics are just as applicable and relevant to non-UK regulatory frameworks. The content has been developed in consultation with IChemE’s safety and loss prevention specialists.

Who should attend?

The programme is specifically designed for those who want a comprehensive overview of the subject matter, access to practical research-based tools and approaches, and discussion in small groups with acknowledged industry experts. This may include:

  • internal human factors advisors/focal points
  • operations managers
  • HSE advisors and specialists
  • industry regulators

Programme overview

Human Factors in Health and Safety is a one-year programme, consisting of four intensive two-day modules. This is supported by pre-event reading, which together forms a broad human factors educational programme. The programme caters for two audiences, specifically:

  • those who want to complete the whole programme, who would complete the initial consultancy skills pre-reading, and all four two-day modules
  • those who wish to attend single modules (subject to availability)


You can join the programme at any point – modules are designed to be completed in any order.

Module details

Module four- Perth, WA
Human Factors and Design: 14-15 November 2018

Human Factors and Design examines the key human factors principles to address at the design stage, looking at how to integrate human factors within engineering programmes, ergonomic risk assessments, workspace and human/machine interface design, and how to develop effective procedures.

On 14 November 2018 there will be a course dinner and networking.

Session title     Presenter 
Integrating human factors in design Andy Sutherland
Ergonomic risk assessment and workspace design     Christine Aickin
Developing effective procedures Melanie Todd
Design of the human/machine interface Zoe Nation


Single module: AUD$2,300 + GST

A discounted price of AUD$2,000 + GST per module is offered to delegates who commit to attend the full programme of four modules.

Module facilitators

Christine Aickin is a physiotherapist, certified professional Ergonomist and chartered occupational health and safety professional, based in Sydney. Christine has been running her own OHS management consulting business, Workability, since 1995.  She has experience in both the public and the private sector in manufacturing, retail, education, cleaning, banking, health, local government, confectionery and telecommunications. Prior to running her own business, she worked in OHS management in private industry, in teaching and research.

Christine is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society of Australia and was awarded the Society Medal in 1999. She is a past President of the Society (2010-2012) and remains a member of the Board. She is a council member of the International Ergonomics Society and presently chairs the Australian Safety and Health Professionals Association. She is also a chartered professional member of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Zoe Nation is the Lead Human Factors & Performance Advisor for Chevron’s Australian business unit based in Perth. Originally qualified as an engineer, Zoë holds a Masters degree in Human Factors, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. She has been working in the field of human factors in high risk industries, including rail, aviation, mining and oil and gas, for over 15 years. She currently focuses on embedding human factors tools as part of Chevron’s safety management system to improve process safety and reliability. This includes applying human factors requirements in the design and fabrication of plant facilities and control rooms; reducing error through procedure design; analysing and predicting human error and reliability; and improving safety culture through leadership engagement and awareness programs. 

Andrew Sutherland is a human factors consultant and Director of HF Integration Pty Ltd. He has over 15 years’ experience providing practical consulting services to clients in a range of hazardous industries, including oil and gas, mining, rail and defence. He specialises in human reliability analysis, workspace design, ergonomics and control room design. In 2015, Andrew was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK.

Melanie Todd is a Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre, specialising in accident and incident investigation, human error analysis, fatigue risk management, and training. Prior to joining The Keil Centre, Melanie worked for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as Manager, Aviation Safety Investigation. She has extensive experience in both regulatory and investigative roles as a specialist in human factors. 

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Aviation, Masters of Science and Technology in Aviation (Human Factors), and a PhD in Psychology (Human Factors) as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation. She is the President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Duration for CPD recording purposes: up to 12.5 hours per module. 50 Hours for total programme

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