The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS - October 2010 - Number 22
 
 

AHFE Newsletters

Previous Issues 2007-2010:

August 2010
June 2010
April 2010
February 2010
December 2009
October 2009
August 2009
June 2009
April 2009
February 2009
December 2008
October 2008
August 2008
June 2008
April 2008
February 2008
December 2007
October 2007
August 2007
June 2007
April 2007

 

HIGHLIGHTS


- Proceeding of HFEI 2010 is now available
- BP Gulf Oil Spill and its Accident Investigations Report
- Brief Book review: Ergonomics in Developing Regions: Needs and Applications
- Specialized Journals and Newsletters
- Interesting Articles
- Upcoming Conferences and Events in Ergonomics
- Contribute to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS
- About Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, please contact the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem . The opinions expressed in this newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.

Subscribe / Unsubscribe
to Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS at:
www.ahfe2010.org/newsletter.html

AHFE International 2010 Website:
http://www.ahfe2010.org

HCI International Conference series website:
http://www.hci-international.org

 

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! PROCEEDINGS of AHFEI 2010 IS NOW AVAILABLE
The AHFEI Proceedings on CD is now available, to order please contact Laura Abell, conference administrator at: aeiadmin@insightbb.com. (Unite Price: $75 US includes shipping and handling)

You may also order a hard copy. 15% discount offered to all AHFEI NEWS subscribers.
Promo code: 936GE expires 12/31/10.
Link to CRC Press, the AHFE Conference Series:
http://crcpress.com/ecommerce_product/book_series.jsf?series_id=2505

 
Visit AHFEI facebook to view 2010 conference pictures.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=191766&id=125445248940

BP Gulf Oil Spill and its Accident Investigations Report

In a press release dated September 19, 2010, BP confirmed that “Well kill operations on the MC252 well in the Gulf of Mexico is completed”. Before that on September 8th, 2010 BP published its internal investigation of this accident. BP made several documents available at its website that includes a “Full Investigation Report”, slide presentation and summary report along with several appendices.

Despite all the detailed charts, figures and illustrations in these reports and the investigation into a wide variety of different factors, surprisingly there was no mention in any way of human factors issues and the terms “human factors”, "work organization” or “human performance” were never even mentioned. Interestingly the report uses terms such as “failure” (89 instances) but never terms such as "error" (once to describe measurement error range) or “mistake” (0 instance) which is quite astonishing for an accident investigation report.

During a hearing on the Gulf of Mexico spill in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. Najmedin Meshkati, a human factors expert and professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, highlighted the lack of human factors approach in the BP report and wondered why BP named its report an accident investigation when it left critical elements out. He asked BP to turn over information on shift duration and worker fatigue.

"How could you call this great work accident investigation ... and not address human performance issues and organizational issues and decision-making issues?" Meshkati asked.

It is sad to observe how human factors issues are so easily neglected in such a major accident that might have lasting effects on our environment. Still a long way to go…

A.M.

References
BP internal investigation
http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle.do?categoryId=9034902&contentId=7064891

Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jkw96R1Vg_Yf4D-3YIWCo7M__6vgD9IFQ4H00


Brief Book Review: Ergonomics in Developing Regions: Needs and Applications

Although Human Factors and Ergonomics as a discipline is universal, its application depends on the economic and social contexts of each geographical region and the living conditions of the population. With globalization and the transfer of most manufacturing plants that require high intensity physical work to industrially developing countries (IDCs), the ability of ergonomic professionals to promote and adapt ergonomic solutions to the level of work conditions in each geographical region is a big challenge.

Patricia A. Scott, a pioneer of ergonomics promotion and implementation in the IDCs, collected and selected a variety of ergonomics implementations across the 5 continents in countries such as: Chili, Brazil, South Africa, India and Iran, to just name a few, along with short articles of the ergonomics discipline in several IDCs (Russia, India, Latin America, Iran…).

The book includes many short sections providing reflection, insight about the particularities of ergonomics in the IDCs, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Industrially developing countries (Part 1, section 2), Technology Transfer (part III section 9) and Distinctive Ergonomics Requirement of Developing regions(part II- section 11).

This book is highly recommended to all professionals who would like to better understand global ergonomics issues, challenges and limitations. It is also an excellent reading for all human factors students in developing countries.

A.M.

Ergonomics in Developing Regions: Needs and Applications, 2009, 453 Pages, ISBN: 13:978-1-4200-791, http://www.crcpress.com

AHFE International 2012 will be held in San Francisco

The AHFEI 2012 will be held on July 21-25, 2012 at Hilton San Francisco Union Square San Francisco, California, USA
For more information visit: http://www.ahfe2012.org/

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

“The Health and Safety Report,” The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), September 2010.
http://www.ccohs.ca/ccohs/liaison/current.html

“Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin,” August 2010, Volume 53, Number 8. 2010.
http://www.hfes.org/Web/BulletinPdf/0810bulletin.pdf

“DoD Ergonomics Working Group NEWS,” Issue 109, October 2010.
http://www.ergoworkinggroup.org/ewgweb/SubPages/ProgramTools/Publications/publications/109DODEWGNews.pdf

NIOSH eNewsVolume 8 Number 5 September 2010.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsV8N5.html


Interesting Articles

"The Claim: Replacing Your Desk Chair With an Exercise Ball can Improve Your Posture," nytimes.com , September 20, 2010.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/health/21really.html?_r=2&ref=science

Why Hearing Half of a Cell-Phone Conversation Drives You Nuts," time.com, September 22, 2010.
http://healthland.time.com/2010/09/22/why-hearing-half-of-a-cell-phone-conversation-drives-you-nuts/

" Busy bodies, happy minds," Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2010.
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-work-motivation-20100920,0,6511051.story

"Electrodes translate brain waves into words," Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2010.
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-sci-brain-words-20100908,0,5308278.story
"Touching own injury 'cuts pain'," BBC, 23 September 2010.

"Building a healthier and greener New York," BBC, 22 September 2010.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11381101

"Touching own injury 'cuts pain'," BBC, 23 September 2010.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11399254

"The secret to … agile working," The Guardian, Saturday 18 September 2010.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/sep/18/agile-working-flexibility-team-work

" Gulf oil disaster: BP admits missing warning signs hours before blast," # guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 8 September 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/08/deepwater-horizon-rig-bp-report

"Stress increases 'risk of death five-fold," Telegraph, 09 Sep 2010.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7991620/Stress-increases-risk-of-death-five-fold.html

Upcoming Events and Conferences 2010

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTION: Deadline 30 November 2010, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries (HFEM&SI) journal-- Special Issue on “Aging Ergonomics”.
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hfm

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTION: October 10-12: 1st European FEES Conference on Ergonomics, Bruges, Belgium.
www.ece2010.be

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTION: October 11-14, 2010: Rules Fest 2010, the International Conference on Reasoning Technologies, announces exciting keynote presentation, San Jose, California USA.
http://rulesfest.org/html/home.html

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTION: October 11-14, 2010: International Conference on Control Rooms(COCO2010), Paris, France.

CALL FOR PAPER: Nov 3 -5, 2101, HCI-Aero 2010, Cape Canaveral, FL, US.
http://events.linkedin.com/HCI-Aero-2010/pub/22703

CALL FOR PAPER: 7-10 November, 2010: The 9 Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics ( PPCOE 2010) Kaohsiung, Taiwan
www.est.org.tw/ppcoe2010

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTION: 8-10 February 201, 1HSCB Focus 2011: Integrating Social Science Theory & Analytic Methods for Operational Use , Chantilly, Virginia, USA. Information hscbfocus2011@sainc.com 

CALL FOR PAPER: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Special Issue on eHealth and Services Computing in Healthcare,
http://www.jtaer.com/


Contribute to Applied Ergonomics International NEWS

We welcome your contribution to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS. Please send us interesting news, short articles, interesting websites, etc. We will consider your comments and contributions for upcoming issues. Please send your contribution to the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem (abbas.moallem@sjsu.edu).


About Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS

The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS is a newsletter about Ergonomics and Human Factors topics, The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 conference deadlines and activities, the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International 2010 Exhibition, news in the area of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and more. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, please contact the editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem abbas.moallem@sjsu.edu. The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.
_______________________________________________
Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS mailing list
http://www.ahfe2010.org/newsletter.html