“A Headteacher’s Safety Management Toolkit Article”
The Health and Safety Executive(HSE) as the body responsible for enforcing safety laws in our schools believes that up to 80% of accidents and incidents can be attributed to what they are calling now Human Factors. An indication of how Human Factors integrate with the HSEs Regulatory function can be seen in the where they emphasise such as contributory factors. The list below shows where HSE have identified Human Factors as problems in priority areas for their action.This list is extracted from the HSCs Strategic Plan to 2010 and beyond andappears on HSE’s Human Factors website.
* Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and manual handling injuries
* Management of work-related stress
* Preventing falls from height
* Preventing slips and trips
* Preventing workplace transport accidents
* Human factors in design (e.g. alarm handling in control rooms, vehicle cab design etc)
* The design and effectiveness of procedures
* Human reliability human error and systems failures e.g. maintenance error
* Assessing organisational change and its...