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Nowadays the consideration of the human factor in complex technological systems management is one of the most important elements in studies regarding reliability and safety of systems. The aim of this research is to develop a methodology for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the behaviour of operators working in complex systems like electronuclear energy production systems. This methodology is directed to the development of reliability analysis and of studies in systems safety. It is conceived as an instrument for engineers or safety analysis working on the retrospective study of an incident, in order to identify the intrinsic causes related to human factors, and the predictive analysis of risks, consequences and probabilities of events related to erroneous behaviour of systems operators.

The most important characteristic of the effect of human behaviour on accident management is the dependance of the incident evolution on the operator's actions. The variability of human decision making processes actually has a very improtant role. The research illustrated in this work has the object of developing an innovative and applicable methodology for the inclusion of human factors in safety enquiries, with a special focus on the dynamic aspects of the interaction between man and machine. .

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Authors: CACCIABUE P C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15988 IT (1994) 140pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
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