OCIMF issued an informative paper focusing on the human factor, explaining how it will integrate human factors into its activities by following eight principles and contribute to making the industry progress on human factors.
Specifically, through the paper OCIMF outlines the principles followed that guide its actions on human factor.
Human Factors is the term used in the oil, gas, nuclear, aviation, space and military sectors, recognizing that the human error is not simply a feature of individual failure, but is caused by workplace factors, equipment, and task design, among others.
OCIMF supports that the human factor is the correct one to be adopted because:
- it is most recognized, giving the maritime world access to knowledge, resources, tools and advice from multiple industries and companies.
- it addresses all individual, system and organizational issues.
- it is best supported by bodies that provide human-centred disciplines.
- it is consistent and goes beyond IMO requirements linked with the human element.
Therefore, the principles OCIMF will follow are:
- people will make mistakes
- people’s actions are rarely malicious and usually make sense to them at the time.
- mistakes are typically due to conditions and systems that make work difficult.
- understanding the conditions in which mistakes happen helps us prevent or correct them.
- people know the most about their work and are key to any solution.
- plan, tools and activities can be designed to reduce mistakes and manage risk better.
- leaders contribute in shaping conditions that influence what people do.
- it matters how leaders respond when things go wrong and take opportunity to learn.