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A System for Human Error Prevention

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Most companies work hard to prevent accidents in the industrial workplace.

It’s one of the top priorities and can indeed affect the financial health of any business, especially if due to a human error.

Human error is very difficult to manage as people can do unexpected things, and the failure types are often unpredictable.

Dozens of human factors, like stress, distractions, complacency, poor communications and many more are just a few of the traps of human nature.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), human failures can be active or latent. Active failures are direct and immediate causes of an accident, and are usually made by front-line staff such as drivers or machine operators. Latent failures are those aspects of an organization which influence human behavior and make active failures more likely, such as work pressure, long hours or insufficient supervision.

Human error prevention is a challenge in today's demanding and fast-paced business climate. Our competitive markets and the need to deliver in all circumstances require that personnel be highly trained, capable and aware. Across the board, employees must be able to recognize the importance of taking personal responsibility for their own performance and the performance of others. They must be able to think in a multidimensional manner, focus and respond to changing situations, make good decisions and perform under pressure.

An important strategy for error reduction is to increase employee proficiency in self-management, performance improvement, interpersonal, leadership and management skills. Management must approach the process of performance improvement by creating a common vision for excellence. Creating and communicating a vision for excellence are the keys to producing breakthroughs in performance.

Human error prevention is seen as a major contributor to the reliability and safety of any system, whether simple or complex.

Incidents can be avoided through an understanding of the traps of human nature and the tools available to counter act them.

Is there a system that can be implemented for human error prevention?

AESOP training – it’s not a requirement or standard, the information contained in our training course is vitally important to designing and building an effective, comprehensive safety program. It’s a methodology developed by the Error Prevention Institute designed to ensure that all personnel associated with an operational assignment are familiar with and understand their roles and responsibilities so the risks of accidents can be identified, communicated and mitigated.

Is there a system that can be implemented for human error prevention?

Yes, and it’s available today from the Error Prevention Institute. It’s fast, it’s easy and it compliments other safety programs by providing a base level common language along with the AESOP approach to stopping before an event occurs.

EPI goes far beyond just helping people avoid making mistakes. The practical Tools presented in this course help achieve a substantial and continued increase in individual and organizational effectiveness, leading to the ultimate goal of any person or organization – SUCCESS!

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