Applying Human Factors in Aviation

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ApplyingHuman Factors in Aviation

ApplyingHuman Factors in Aviation

Theintegration of the human factors in system development and operationstrace its origins to the Second World War when they were first usedwidely to optimize systems and service delivery during the time ofthe war. Experienced scientists and engineers were involved in theindividual operations of systems, and especially in considerations tothe operators’ capabilities as well as limitations with relationsto the design of the systems. Currently, the same method is stillapplicable, where experts apply knowledge of human capabilities andconstraints in the performance of almost all the activities withinthe aviation industry (Wise et al.). Human factors are now anintegral part of system development and play a significant role inthe improvement of a workplace of any design. Different aspects ofhuman factors that help in the growth of workplaces include teamstructure and teamwork, supervision and leadership, controls,supportive management as well as resource allocation and utilization(FAA Systems Safety Handbook, 2000). Good human factors design andpractice can help improve different aspects of a workplace. Some ofthese aspects include reduction of operation costs, improvement ofproductivity, quality improvement, and development of employmentengagement. Also, it helps in the creation of a better, safe culture.For instance, development of a control panel would take intoconsideration the location of buttons and switches, the expectationof checks and signals as well as information overload (FAA SystemsSafety Handbook, 2000). It would be important to place the differentcontrols in positions relating to how they are used, placing the mostused ones where they can be accessed with ease in order to avoidstraining the operators. Having all the employees working safely andoptimally helps in ensuring better human performance (Ahlstrom &ampLongo, 2003). Healthy, safe employees are the most valuable assetsfor any organization, hence integrating human factors in thedevelopment of systems helps not only in the maximization of theoutput of the systems but also in the improvement of the workplace(Ahlstrom &amp Longo, 2003).


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