Human factors information papers

The human factors information papers series is a long-term project which will progressively deliver information on human factors issues relevant to the offshore petroleum industry. It is designed to provide guidance about the contribution of human factors knowledge to risk minimisation within Australia’s objectives-based regime.

The series forms part of NOPSEMA’s approach to promote human factors understanding and capability within the offshore petroleum industry. It focuses on the ways in which organisational, individual, and job factors influence human reliability, and how responsible parties can minimise or optimise the effect of these factors, to assist in the reduction of risk to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable.

Structure of the series

This series takes a subject matter or topic-based approach. This approach allows for the development of information that is concise and focused on particular areas of interest.

Error risk management

Error risk can be addressed using the same basic frameworks and models as traditional risk management approaches, whereby error risk can be evaluated and controls implemented until the risk posed by error is as low as reasonably practicable.

Human error risk reduction to ALARP information paper (PDF 715KB)

Error prevention and mitigation – performance-shaping factors

Performance-shaping factors can influence the likelihood of error, and can also influence the likelihood and success of error identification and recovery.

Procedures and instructions information paper (PDF 611KB)

Personnel resourcing information paper (PDF 550KB)

Competency assurance information paper (PDF 916KB)

Engineering and design information paper (PDF 712KB)

Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement in error risk management requires ongoing analysis, evaluation, and modification of performance-shaping factors.

Human factors in accident investigations information paper (PDF 494KB)

Safety culture information paper (PDF 805KB)

Perception surveys information paper (PDF 569KB)

Change management information paper (PDF 494KB)

Critical task analysis information paper (PDF 626KB)

Complex decision making information paper (PDF 502KB)