Review of an Electronic Control of Work System
March 25, 2020
Oil and Gas
The issue: Feedback from workers and several incident investigations revealed that an electronic control of work system was not working effectively. The client recognised that a better understanding of the end user needs was necessary in order to improve the system.
The approach: We reviewed several improvement proposals and procedures developed by the client. We also carried out incident reviews using our Human Factors Analysis Tools (HFAT®) and our psychologist spoke to users about their experience of using the system. We identified a number of human and organisational factors that were affecting the usability of the system.
The outcome: Our review enabled the client to identify their main improvement priorities. These included:
- simplifying roles, responsibilities, procedures and processes for using the system
- creating high-value hard-copy guidance and procedures, written in plain English with input and reviews by a representative user group
- improving training to focus on both the system and on actually carrying out the control of work process
- reviewing work scheduling and co-ordination arrangements