Human and organisational factors (HOF) is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the complex and dynamic interactions between humans, technology and related organisations.
Specific factors include human capabilities and limitations, work organisation and job design, procedures, the design of technology, the physical design of the work environment, the human-machine interface and the management system and the broader environment, to name a few. The understanding and treatment of these HOF within the nuclear industry are essential to support the continued safety performance of nuclear installations and improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices.
Ongoing work in this area deals with issues such as lessons learnt from the implementation of post-Fukushima actions, and key elements and principles of considering the interactions between humans, technology and organisations. Other activities have been concluded on topics such as integrated system validation and human performance and intervention under extreme conditions.
The main mission of the Working Group on Human and Organisational Factors (WGHOF) is to improve the understanding and technical basis for treating human and organisational factors within the nuclear industry in order to support the continued safety performance of nuclear installations, and improve the effectiveness of regulatory practices, in NEA member countries.