I lead the ABB Consulting Operational Human Factors team. I've spent over 30 years in the process industries, working in control rooms around the world, in the fields of ergonomics, control and alarm systems, control room design and operational and cultural issues such as communications, competency and fatigue.
I've been blogging on diverse topics that interest me in the widest sense of 'human factors', all of which share the same common element, the 'Mk.1 Human Being' and their unique limitations, abilities and behaviours. I'll discuss the technical and organisational issues that affect safety and performance of these process safety operators and technicians and how this impacts control rooms and the wider plant. However learning comes from many places and you can expect entries about aviation, automotive, marine, healthcare, military and many other fields.
Outside of work, I indulge in travel, food, wine and flying kites to keep myself moderately sane.
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About a year ago I wrote a piece on Homeostasis of Risk. That’s the phenomenon of risk compensation where we tend to indulge in riskier behaviours if we feel protected. So, for example, we tend to drive faster in cars