The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS
April 2011- Number 25
 
 

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- Proceeding of HFEI 2010 is now available
- CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster: Are there any human factors issues to look for?
- Brief Book Introduction: Human Factors Methods and Sport Science: A Practical Guide
- Specialized Journals and Newsletters
- Interesting Articles
- Upcoming Conferences and Events in Ergonomics
- Announcements
- Contribute to the Applied Ergonomics International NEWS
- About Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International NEWS

 

 

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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)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

Deadlines:
Paper presentations 500 words 15 Nov 2011
Posters/demonstrations 300 words 15 Apr 2012
Special interest groups 500 words 15 Nov 2011
Tutorials 300 words 15 Nov 2011


Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster: Are there any human factors issues to look for?

Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami crisis in which the Fukushima Nuclear Plant was deeply damaged, raised a variety of issues regarding safety throughout the rest of the world's nuclear power plants. This disaster, along with the severe amount of casualties and unknown effects of contamination in the population and environment, bring up several major questions that are directly and indirectly related to human factors.

For instance, is it possible to predict all risk factors for a nuclear power plant? If not, is it wise for humanity to use a technology when we know that its accidental failure can have a dangerous toll on humanity and can contaminate the environment forever? The Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster illustrates that all risk factors were unevaluated, and that the plant was not prepared to equip any human help in the event of a nuclear accident. There are reports of cases where the emergency workers did not even have basic necessities in such a situation, such as boots. However a silver lining remains in the fact that this catastrophe did not occur in a third world country, but in one of the most advanced countries in the world: Japan.

This accident, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, and other reports that many active nuclear power plants have shut down and must be closed, reveal a deeper problem. The ravenous world hunger for energy and the push to get it as fast as possible while ignoring possible accidents fails to consider the long term consequences. Isn't it time to invest in renewable energy and the long term life of our planet, rather than the short term gains of gas or power energy companies?

A.M.

Brief Book Introduction: Human Factors Methods and Sport Science: A Practical Guide

"This book has been constructed so that students, practitioners, and researchers with interest in one particular area of Human Factors can read the chapters non-linearly and independently from one another, Each category of Human Factors methods described above is treated as a separate chapter containing an introduction to the area of interest (e.g., for human error identification methods, an introduction to the concept of human error is provided; for situation awareness measurement methods an introduction to the concept of situation awareness is provided; and so on), and an overview of the image of applicable methods within that category area.
Each method presented is described using an adapted form of standard Human Factors methods
description criteria that we have found useful in the past …" (Page 7)

This 342 pages contains 10 chapters covering all areas of the human factors in Sport Science.

Human Factors Methods and Sport Science, Paul M. Salmon, Neville A. Stanton, Adam C. Gibbon, Daniel P. Jenkins and Guy H. Walker, 2010, 342 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-4200-7216-7
http://www.crcpress.com

Specialized Journal and Newsletters

"The Health and Safety Report," The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), March 2011" http://www.ccohs.ca/ccohs/liaison/current.html

"Human Factor sand Ergonomics Society Bulletin," March 2011, Volume 54, Number 3. " http://www.hfes.org/web/BulletinPdf/0311bulletin.pdf

"DoD Ergonomics Working Group NEWS," Issue 114, March 2011. http://www.ergoworkinggroup.org/ewgweb/SubPages/ProgramTools/Publications/publications/114DODEWGNews.pdf

NIOSH eNews, Volume 8 Number 11, March 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsV8N11.html

Ergonoma journal. March 2011 http://www.ergonoma.com/index.php/eng/news/1007/59/Global-Employment-Trends-2011.htm


Interesting Articles

Sleep at the US air traffic controller Tower
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(video)"US air traffic controller asleep on duty ," Uploaded by AlJazeera English on Mar 25, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpFnPRw_dw4&feature=player_embedded

"Reagan Airport Gets Second Controller on Sleep Concerns," bloomberg.com, March 24, 2011.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-24/reagan-airport-gets-second-night-controller-on-sleep-concerns.html

"Rear-Facing Car Seats Advised at Least to Age of 2," The New Yolk Times, March 21, 2011.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/health/policy/22carseat.html?_r=1&ref=science

"Air traffic controller suspended for sleeping on the job," The New Yolk Times, March 25, 2011.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-airport-controller-20110325,0,3204456.story

"Air Traffic Controller Admits Sleeping on the Job," nbcwashington.com, March 25, 2011.
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Air-Traffic-Supervisor-Accused-of-Sleeping-in-the-Tower-118548444.html

"NTSB: Air traffic controller fell asleep, leaving planes on their own," cnn.com, March 24, 2011
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-24/travel/dc.air.traffic.suspension_1_air-traffic-controller-controller-errors-ntsb?_s=PM:TRAVEL

"Sleepy Air Traffic Controller: Was Shift Work to Blame?," healthland.time.com, March 25, 201.1
http://healthland.time.com/2011/03/25/sleepy-air-traffic-controller-was-shift-work-to-blame/#ixzz1HeZvIvwR

 

Other Topics
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"Microsoft explains the tech behind Kinect," newscientist.com, March 25, 2011
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/03/microsoft-explains-the-tech-be.html

" Fukushima men stood in radioactive water without boots," newscientist.com, March 25, 2011.
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/03/fukushima-workers-stood-in-rad.htm
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"Memory may be built with standard building blocks," newscientist.com, 17 March, 2011.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20256-memory-may-be-built-with-standard-building-blocks.html

" Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately?," The New Yolk Times, February 26, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/opinion/27dowd.html?_r=2

"Patients put at risk by software," smh.com.au, March 7, 2011,.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/patients-put-at-risk-by-software-20110306-1bjn9.html

" Older drivers overlook streetside pedestrians almost twice as often as younger drivers," March 7, 2011, Los Angeles Times.
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-older-drivers-030711,0,5665036.story

Upcoming Conferences 2011

April 2011

4- 6 April, 2011: "Human factors in organizational design & management, Grahamstown, South Africa
http://www.ergonomics.org.uk/events/human-factors-organisational-design-management

12 - 14 April, 2011: Ergonomics & Human Factors 2011, Stoke Rochford, UK.
http://www.EHF2011.org.uk
Event type:

18- 19 April, 2011: 2nd Annual Occupational Health & Safety Forum, Kuwait.
http://www.fleminggulf.com/cross-industry/middle-east/2nd-annual-occupational-health-safety-forum

May 2011

21-24 May 2011: EUROCOGSCI 2011, New Bulgarian University Sofia, Bulgaria.
http://nbu.bg/cogs/eurocogsci2011/

Announcements

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 18th World Congress on Ergonomics, February 12-16, 2012, Recife, Brazil.
Deadline for submission of abstract(s) :15 April, 2011.
http://www.iea2012.org/index.htm

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Ergonomics Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and Ergonomics
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/tergcfp2.pdf

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

GW2011: The 9th International Gesture Workshops, Gesture in Embodied Communication and Human-Computer Interaction, May 25-27, 2011, Athens, Greece
http://access.uoa.gr/gw2011/


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