New human factors resource kit for engineers
A comprehensive Safety Behaviours: Human Factors for Engineers resource kit was released in July 2013.
The kit has been developed to support licensed aircraft maintenance engineers and maintenance organisations in meeting their Civil Aviation Safety Regulation Part 145 human factors training requirements.
Aircraft engineers deal with unique human factors challenges which can lead to maintenance errors, which in turn can play a significant role in aircraft accidents.
Human factors are the social and cognitive skills, such as communication and decision-making, which complement technical skills and are important for safe and efficient aviation maintenance.
It is important to note that errors are made by all staff, even experienced, highly motivated staff, and can often reflect poor work practices, unsuitable equipment or the result of an excessive workload.
Managing maintenance errors is about more than trying to simply prevent them. It is also about ensuring that there are appropriate checks and inspections in place to identify, capture and correct errors.
The kit includes a 200-page resource guide, a workbook, a facilitator's guide and a CD of resources, along with a DVD video drama and 'What the experts say' series of interviews with human factors specialists.