Human Factors in the Chemical and Process Industries
The publishers say this book “helps safety professionals, engineers and operators incorporate human factors considerations within the design and operation of chemical and processing plants”, and I fully concur – but some parts have wider application. All the authors are from Edinburgh’s Keil Centre, with a strong track record of providing advice and practical tools to organisations in the target sectors. And many parts of this lengthy book (nearly 500 pages) reinforce the lessons I’ve learned from working in major hazards sectors since the 1960s. But other parts, especially in s III – Human factors within engineering and design – offer tools that were new to me.
Ian is the Offshore Group communications co-ordinator and also secretary of POOSH Scotland, a coordinating group for OSH-related professional bodies that encourages joint initiatives and sharing of best practices. Ian joined IOSH in 1980 and has been a chartered Fellow since 2005. He has been active as an IOSH volunteer since the early 1980s, has served as a branch and group chair, was on Council for 20 years and was President in 1999-2000. He has chaired a number of IOSH committees and working parties, authored IOSH guides, was a Trustee from 2005-2009 and received a President’s Distinguished Service Certificate in 2010.