Human Factor are the human elements that affect the performance and safety of a system, organisation or product. This includes the interaction between people, technology and the environment in which they work.
The different aspects of human factor
Within human factor, human cognition is important. People have limited attention and working memory and are prone to making mistakes. For this reason, it is important to take the limitations of human cognition into account when designing systems and procedures, and to support and strengthen it whenever possible. In addition, human interaction with technology and equipment is important. People may have different levels of skill in using technology. Therefore, it is important to design technology and equipment, including in the maintenance sector, with the human user in mind and to ensure an intuitive and user-friendly interface.
Recruitment of technical staff is a challenge
The scarcity of technically skilled personnel is a challenge for the maintenance industry. It is therefore essential to enthuse young professionals to join this industry and secure the knowledge of ageing professionals. To get young professionals interested in the maintenance industry, it is important to highlight its importance. Maintenance is not only important for the safety, reliability and durability of equipment and infrastructure, but it also plays a crucial role in preserving jobs and improving economic efficiency.
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