Human Factors in Major Hazards: What the Regulator Wants

The purpose of this course is to equip Health and Safety and Process Safety Specialists to be  Intelligent Customers for Human Factors. It will help you to spend your precious time and money on the most helpful activities. This 2 day course focuses on what is required for legal compliance with the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations (2015), and the activities the COMAH Competent Authority will carry out to verify you are doing the right things.  The course covers the Human Factors Roadmap and the topics in the COMAH Competent Authority’s Human Factors Operational Delivery Guide.  We can also provide you with a pre-inspection health check.  This course is for Process Safety Specialists, Health and Safety Managers and anyone interested in finding out more about what the COMAH regulator wants.

The course includes:

  1. An introduction to Human Factors in major hazards, the Human Factors Road Map and the Human Factors Operational Delivery Guide
  2. What the regulator is looking for in:
    • Human Factors Integration in Safety Management Systems
    • Managing Human Performance
    • Human Factors in the Design of Process Control Systems
    • Safety Critical Communications (including Shift Handover and Permit to Work)
    • Design and Management of Procedures
    • Competence Management Systems
    • Organisational Factors (including Organisational Change, Shift-work and Fatigue, and Workload)

Between them, the Course Leaders have 50 years’ experience working for the Health and Safety Executive, the UK’s Health and Safety Regulator.  The Course Leaders wrote the Human Factors Operational Delivery Guide and trained both Human Factors Specialist Inspectors and Health and Safety Inspectors at the HSE in its application.  Both have extensive experience of regulating COMAH Operators with respect to Human Factors in major hazards.


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