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Every now and again I read a book that makes a difference in my life – This is one of those books.
Before reading Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice I had a bit of a sense about what human factors was. I have read all of Dekker, Hollnagel, Reason and many others who all talk about HF and have been exposed to investigation methods that ascribe to the ideas of HF. I even talk about it a little bit in my book, but I never really got it.
Steven Shorrock and Claire Williams, along with a band of merry practitioners clearly describe what HF/E is, what HF/E is not and provide a plethora of domain-specific examples and practitioner-centric thought that all comes together to help set the ideas of HF/E in the mind of the reader.
In creating Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice Shorrock and Williams have given us an accessible balance between text and narrative that will be a benchmark for a long time to come. Thank you. Ian Long
As a practicing ergonomist it is difficult to find text books which really help me to bridge the gap between research and what I do every day. Steven and Claire have managed to hit the spot with this book; which incidentally includes a great chapter on integrating research into practice. They have provided us with a book full of content from some well known names in the field of ergonomics who give real insight into the world the HF/E.
The title says it all - this book has very useful, straightforward and has practical content. I really like the plain language used throughout the book which makes it easy to pick up and put down as and when you want. The chapters are well structured and go into a good level of detail without overwhelming the reader. For anyone working in a specific industry and looking for industry specific advice there is a great section covering a range of environments...for myself, the chapter on HF/E in healthcare was particuarly interesting and gives food for thought.
I would recommend this book to anyone working in the field of HF/E, or anyone with an interest in learning more about putting HF/E into practice.
I am not a Human Factors Practitioner or Ergonomist but I am a healthcare professional who wants to understand more about human factors and ergonomics. Steve and Claire have collated a collection of great chapters which has been a great pleasure delving into and reflecting on how this new knowledge applies to my sector. There is a brilliant healthcare chapter written by Ken Catchpole and Shelly Jeffcot - great experts who write a practical and sound statement of where we are within healthcare at present with great advice for HFE practitioner involved in the setting.
This book to me is more than just the one chapter - it is a smorgasbord of HFE experts providing amazing practical advice to colleagues and aspirant colleagues about the challenges integrating HFE into sectors as diverse as aviation, rail, retail and farming. This book is well thumbed and well read - an important textbook for anyone in healthcare wanting some practical advice
A superb book encompassing all the essentials for anyone wishing to understand the specialty of Human Factors and Ergonomics better and how these can improve everyday activity in many different organisations. For those involved in improving safety in high risk organisations, such as transport and healthcare, this is an invaluable read. Highly recommended.