Category Archives: Part 1: Reflections on the profession

Chapter 6: Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Media

by Ron Gantt and Steven Shorrock Practitioner summary Human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) as a discipline and profession addresses issues of profound interest to society. But the discipline and its subject matter tends to be represented in a small number … Continue reading

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Chapter 5: Human Factors and the Ethics of Explaining Failure

by Roel van Winsen and Sidney W.A. Dekker Practitioner summary The idea that human performance is systematically connected to the features of people’s tools and tasks effectively constitutes the birth of human factors. However, accidents are often still seen as the … Continue reading

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Chapter 4: The Nitty-Gritty of Human Factors

by Erik Hollnagel Practitioner summary Human factors (engineering) started as a solution to a practical problem, namely the challenges to human capabilities that came from uncontrolled technological developments. The practice of human factors was from the beginning justified by various theories … Continue reading

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Chapter 3: ‘Ergonomics and Ergonomists’: Lessons for Human Factors and Ergonomics Practice from the Past and Present

by Patrick Waterson Practitioner summary This chapter provides some reflection on the development of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) over time and examines the various conceptions of HF/E that have emerged in terms of its status as ‘science’ and ‘practice’. The … Continue reading

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Chapter 2: The Nature of the Human Factors/Ergonomics Profession Today: An IEA Perspective

by Margo Fraser and David Caple Practitioner summary Human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) delineates itself from related professions via a design-driven systems approach with the dual outcomes of optimising human well-being and system performance. However, use of the terminology ‘human factors’ and … Continue reading

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Chapter 1: Introduction: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice

by Steven Shorrock and Claire Williams  Practitioner summary This chapter introduces the main themes of the book. Whilst there is commonality amongst HF/E practitioners in the holistic and systems approach taken to designing interactions, HF/E is incredibly diverse. This diversity is … Continue reading

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