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1202 - The Human Factors Podcast


Barry Kirby explores aspects of Human Factors, from practitioners in the field, through Processes and Tools that are useful (or not) and other Information and News that may be beneficial. For HF people to keep in touch and non-HF people to hear what we do.


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Barry Kirby explores aspects of Human Factors, from practitioners in the field, through Processes and Tools that are useful (or not) and other Information and News that may be beneficial. For HF people to keep in touch and non-HF people to hear what we do.








Human Factors Integration - An interview with Trevor Dobbins

Human Factors Integration (HFI) is a critical activity to ensure Human Factors activities are carried out in a planned way and that the appropriate assurance evidence is gathered. Trevor Dobbins shares some of his insights of delivering successful HFI.


Driving the CIEHF - An interview with the CEO Ben Peachey

Ben Peachey is the CEO of the CIEHF. In this interview he gives us insights into why he was keen to apply for the role, what he has achieved to date and where he sees the Institute going under his leadership.


Naturalistic Decision Making - An interview with Rob Hutton

Rob Hutton gives us an insight into Naturalistic Decision Making and how it takes methods out of the Lab.


Jenny Radcliffe - The People Hacker

Jenny Radcliffe gives insights into the domain of Social Engineering and Penetration Testing.


The Clinical Human Factors Group - An Interview with Martin Bromiley OBE

Martin Bromiley talks about his determination for more Human Factors in the medical domain and the formation of the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG).


Workplace assessments for Audio and Visually impaired staff - An Interview with Daniel Williams

Dan Williams shares his expertise in the need and value of conducting appropriate workplace assessments for audio and visually impaired staff.


Reflections on Human Factors applications - An interview with Steven Shorrock (AE)

Steven Shorrock gives us an overview of his career, with candid reflections on significant influences on his career. He reflects on how HF has evolved through his career and gives his thoughts on where it should go in the future.


2022 in review - What have you been engaging with?

2022 has been a year of, hopefully positive, change, with 20 episodes covering a wide range of topics. In this review, Barry highlights some of the most popular.


The CIEHF - behind the scenes - An interview with Tina Worthy

Tina Worthy is the COO of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. She shares with us just how the organisation has achieved so much especially considering the relatively small number of staff, and where she sees it going in the future.

Rail Investigations - An interview with Becky Charles

Becky Charles is an investigator with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and in this interview she gives us insights into what the role is and how Human Factors is a key component of the overall team.


Proactive Learning - An interview with Dr Marcin Nazaruk

Current approaches to defining and understanding safety risk can be seen to rely heavily on incidents occurring or near misses being reported. Dr Marcin Nazaruk talks with Barry about a new approach he is driving called Proactive Learning, or in layman's terms, how we learn from normal work.


The Dirty Dozen - An interview with Michael Bates and Gordon Dupont

Michael Bates interviews Gordon Dupont about the creation of the "Dirty Dozen" the 12 main reasons behind why human error occurs.


Applying Human Factors on the ground - An interview with Suzy Broadbent

Suzy Broadbent is a Fellow of the CIEHF with twenty years experience working in Human Factors across defence, rail and now healthcare domains. She gave the Institute Lecture at EHF2022. This discussion looks back at her career and then dives into how we apply Human Factors methods with pragmatism and reflecting real world circumstances.


Publishing Human Factors books - An interview with Bob Bridger



Human Factors in Iarnród Éireann - An interview with Nora Balfe

Iarnród Éireann, or Irish Rail, has its own share of Human Factors Challenges, and the person with the challenge of ensuring HF is kept up to standard is Nora Balfe. In this episode, Nora gives us an insight into the breadth and depth of her role and some of the issues she has to deal with.


RAF Safety and Just Culture

Over the past decade or so, the Royal Air Force has been going through a cultural evolution. In this episode, Ian and Avril give us an insight into how the implementation of Human Factors and the attitudes to safety has evolved and the positive impact it has had on the organisation.


HF in Rail - An interview with David Golightly

David Golightly is a lecturer at Newcastle University and works in the field of cognitive ergonomics, understanding the factors that make technology and systems fit for the intended user's needs and cognitive abilities. In this episode he talks with Barry about the broad range of work he has been involved in across the rail industry, with a strong emphasis on the passenger experience and understanding the complexity of the rail network.


The Surgical approach to Human Factors - An interview with Peter Brennan

Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Surgeon in Portsmouth, specialising in head and neck cancer. Barry talks with him to see how he is driving Human Factors approaches from his perspective. To date, Peter has published over 700 publications including more than 80 on Human Factors and patient safety. His HF work has changed the delivery of postgraduate surgery exam delivery in the UK and abroad.


HFES - The Presidents Perspective - An interview with Chris Reid

Chris Reid is the Human Factors and Ergonomics Boeing Technical Fellow within the Environment, Health and Safety organization at Boeing. He is also the current President at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). In this interview, he tells Barry how he fell into ergonomics, some of his achievements and ambitions for HFES and a few hints and tips for Barry for when he takes on the Presidency of the CIEHF.


Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference 2022 - Review

Barry talks to attendees and some of the key people behind the scenes about putting together EHF 2022 and what they thought of the result. Fair warning, this is the first time ever that Barry has put together a multi-person interview/montage and also first time using a complex media editor (in this case Davinci Resolve). Its not perfect, but certainly gives us something to build on for the next time.