THE HUMAN FACTOR ANALYSIS AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (HFACS); A REVIEW AND LESSONS FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES
Mr Ali Yaghini ( - University of Alberta), Mr Yashar Pourrahimian ( - University of Alberta), Mr Rob Hall ( - University of Alberta)
Human factors (HF) play an important role in the mining and mineral industry; affecting operational and maintenance efficiency, and safety. Fatalities and major accidents are not acceptable to the mining and mineral industry, and the role of HF and human errors (HE) can help with the goal of eliminating them. The human factor analysis and classification system (HFACS) is a well-known framework for analyzing and classifying the underlying HFs associated with accidents and incidents in the aviation and nuclear industries. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the HFACS across several industries. From this review, the impact of HF on operation and maintenance will be summarized with a focus on understanding the systemic factors contributing to accidents, and to evaluate those organizational and supervisory failures that lead to HF and HE. Based on this review, future opportunities for additional efforts in the HF area in the mining industry are identified.