ASM Consortium Focuses On 'Human Factors'

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 05, 2012

The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium recently gathered for a quarterly meeting to discuss challenges faced by plant operators. The consortium’s Quarterly Review Meeting (QRM) serves as a platform for members to share ASM best practices and discuss new challenges faced in plant operations.

ASM’s most recent meeting focused on “human factors issues,” which refer to the way people interact with technology. The consortium agreed that automation solutions designed to be “simpler and more intuitive to use” would make it easier for plant operators to spot abnormal situations, respond faster and improve safety.

Members and guest speakers discussed how human factors relate to abnormal situation management and ways it could improve plant safety and efficiency. They recommended that plant operators start with Human Factors Awareness Training, a web-based resource available from the Energy Institute, an group representing the energy industry.  

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