Human Factors
Source: Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Date: 10/1/95    Record No.: 10244
Contact: Harold Blackman, 208-526-0245

Human Factors
INEL has 15 human factors professionals on staff, who do programs for the NRC, DOE, DOD, Coast Guard, NASA and increasingly for industry, especially oil & gas. The key is to define the human's role and optimize his performance in "Human-Centered Systems Analysis." Other tasks include design and evaluation of the human-machine interface, and the development of selection and training criteria for specific jobs. It is very much multidisciplinary, involving psychology, industrial engineering (ergonomics), organizational development, life sciences, criminology, and nuclear and systems engineering.

Principal research topics at INEL include interface (GUI) design, human reliability/error analysis, incident investigations, and study of the effects of advanced technology on human performance.