Strengthening our expertise: Meet our new Human Factors team

07 Jan 2020

It’s widely acknowledged that people are part of every system and that human actions can affect a system’s reliability. Therefore, to assess risk it’s vital to consider the role of the user. Human Factors (ergonomics) is about ensuring that:

  • Tasks are designed to be compatible with the user’s physical and psychological capabilities and limitations;
  • The opportunity for human error is eliminated or reduced;
  • The contribution human action makes to the safety of any system is understood; and
  • The positive contribution users have on reliability is optimised.

Strengthening our expertise, RPS is pleased to welcome Emma Ridsdale who joins us to lead and develop our in-house Human Factors capability. Emma is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist who is proficient in the application of Human Factors techniques. Emma’s extensive experience of successfully integrating Human Factors within complex multidisciplinary projects will be key as we grow and expand the scope of our capability within nuclear and other high hazard industries.

“I’m passionate about developing a Human Factors team who are easy to work with, understand client needs and deliver solutions to problems that matter” says Emma. “Joining me this week, I am pleased to welcome Ewan Povall to the team. Ewan is an expert at integrating Human Factors relevant good practice into the design and safety case; identifying issues early in the design process to deliver targeted Human Factors solutions”.

Our Human Factors team are experts in understanding the human and organisational factors that affect performance. Through this understanding and application of a wide range of Human Factors modern standards and assessment techniques, we minimise the opportunity for human error and prevent extensive rework. Typical areas of specialism include:

  • Design and layout of workspace and workplace
  • Design of tools and equipment
  • Alarm management and design
  • Human error identification
  • Human Reliability Analysis
  • Environmental ergonomics
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Training and competency assurance
  • Verification and validation
  • Human Factors Integration Plans

Our team is growing! Are you ready for a new challenge? Join us to solve problems that matter.

Due to an increasing volume of work, we have an exciting opportunity for a driven and enthusiastic graduate to join our expanding Human Factors team, working in our major hazard safety business.

A career in our team will see you working alongside leading professionals to deliver a variety of exciting projects, providing specialist support within high hazard industries.

To apply, or find out more about this role, visit JoinRPS. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January 2020.

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