Human Failures & Safety Critical Task Analysis

This Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) Accredited Short Course is designed to provide attendees with the necessary baseline knowledge and skills to be able to start undertaking Safety Critical Task Analysis (SCTA).

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Define what is meant by Human Factors
  2. Understand the key legislation and guidance that is relevant to the application of Human Factors within the UK oil & gas sector
  3. Understand how human failures can contribute to accidents, and be able to identify credible human errors and violations
  4. Identify PIFs that can make human failures more likely, and understand how systems, tasks and processes can be designed to minimise their effects
  5. Understand the process to be followed for human failure identification and assessment, and the different approaches that are available
  6. Understand the detailed steps involved in SCTA
  7. Demonstrate experience in working through the SCTA process, including initial screening of activities and detailed HFA.


  • What is Human Factors?
  • Key Human Factors legislation and guidance – UK oil & gas & chemicals sector
  • Human errors and violations
  • Introduction to Performance Influencing Factors (PIFs)
  • Introduction to human failure identification & assessment
  • The SCTA process
  • Safety Critical activity screening
  • Detailed SCTA and Human Failure Assessment (HFA)
  • Successful implementation of SCTA

Who should attend?

Employees of companies who have a regulatory requirement to carry out SCTA. Anyone who may be required to plan, facilitate and/or take part in SCTA, including Health & Safety Managers, Process Safety specialists, training managers, supervisors, plant operators and maintainers.

What prior study is recommended?

Some understanding of health & safety risk assessment and risk management principles is desirable.

Natasha Andrews

Principal Engineer / HF Specialist,  BSc, MSc

Natasha is a Human Factors Consultant with over 9 years’ experience undertaking a wide variety of applied consultancy work across high hazard industries, in particular the oil and gas, rail and nuclear sectors. She is an experienced Project Manager with technical expertise gained across a wide range of projects completed in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.  Natasha’s particular areas of interest and specialist technical expertise include: HFE integration in projects; human error identification and risk reduction (including Safety Critical Task Analysis); control room & HMI design reviews; 3D model / physical workspace design reviews; Valve Criticality Analysis; review of procedures and emergency contingency plans; human factors in safety cases; and safety culture. 

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