Human and organisational factors

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What are human and organisational factors?

Top 10 human and organisational factors for Western Australian resources sector
Top 10 Human and Organisational Factors for the Western Australian resources sector

People are involved in all aspects of work and keeping them safe should be a priority. Understanding human and organisational factors – all elements within a workplace that have an impact on the people who work there – is fundamental to keeping people safe.

At the core of human and organisational factors are three interrelated areas that are relevant to any task. These are the:

  • job – what people are being asked to do (i.e. the task and its characteristics)
  • individual – who is doing the task (i.e. the person and their competence)
  • organisation – where the person is working (i.e. the organisation and its attributes).

Why are they important?

Human and organisational factors affect how effectively and safely workers are able to do their jobs.

When managed well, human and organisational factors set workers up for success. When they are poorly managed, or have not been considered, safety and productivity are compromised.

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Find out what you can do to effectively manage human and organisational factors in your workplace.