Safe railways for Australia

Human factors

Human factors is the discipline that applies knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design, operation and maintenance of technological systems. It draws from established disciplines such as psychology, ergonomics, physiology and engineering.

By applying human factors knowledge about people at work to the functional relationships between people, tasks, technologies and the working environment it is possible to:

  • reduce the potential for human error
  • limit the consequences of human error
  • increase the margin for safety
  • increase efficiency and effectiveness.

The following resources are available to help rail transport operators identify human factors issues that lead to occurrences:

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Last updated: 4 November 2020