Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is a discipline of applying human limitations to the design of processes, systems and work environments. An essential part of HFE is the Human Factors Integration Plan (HFIP), which is the “systematic process for identifying, tracking and resolving human related issues to ensure a balance development of both technologies and human aspects of systems”.
The HFIP is important for the human factors engineer to plan its resources and allow successful integration of HFE. As HFE compromises of many elements, such as safety aspects, efficiency aspects, human aspects, technology needs and more, a HFIP needs to be a comprehensive plan that includes several topics. The HFIP includes the project scope, depth of analysis required and the list of HFI issues identified prior. The HFIP varies project to project, and the HFE team has to identify all the Human Factors activities needed to mitigate all issues and risks relating to the project while taking into account any relevant rules and regulations.
The HFIP should be customised to each project. For example, small, short-term projects may require a brief plan whereas a large scale long-term projects require a more detailed one. Below is an overview of what a HFIP should contain:
- Project overview
- Scope and purpose
- Key objectives
- Key identified HF requirements
- HFI Strategy
- Learning from Experience
- Summary of intended HF Methods, Tools & Techniques to be used to identify and manage risks, engage stakeholders, target audience
- Verification, Validation and Acceptance Methods
- Relationship with other documentation
- Key Deliverables
- Acceptance Criteria
- HFI Work Programme
- Outline Programme of work
- Key activity milestones
- Key review dates
- Organisation and Management
- Your Organisation
- External Stakeholders
- External Customer
- Identified Risks and Potential Mitigations
- Early Human Factors Analysis
- Introduction, Design Assumptions, Process and Results
- References, Abbreviations and Acronyms
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