About HFC and benefits

HFC forum is a professional network, with the purpose to improve human factors methods in design and operations of safe, secure and resilient operations. (HFC forum was established based on the open method CRIOP).

Vision for HFC: "Professional forum to advance the use of Human Factors (Organizational, Cognitive and Ergonomics) in safety critical operations".

HFC forum is an open assosiation where companies, individuals and students can participate. To become a member, go to "Become a member".

Benefits by beeing a member is:

  • Meeting attendance is 50% cheaper for members of the HFC forum
  • Access to a strong and good professional network in human factors, where we have participants from ABB, Conoco Phillips,  DnV - Det Norske Veritas, ENI Norge, Høgskolen i Haugesund, HCD - Human Centred Design, HFS - Human Factor Solutions, Hse Design & Development, IFE, Viju, NTNU, National Oilwell, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, Siemens Oil and Gas, Scandpower, SINTEF, UiO, Uis.
  • Get instant overview of the relevant good practice in human factors and access to experts who have expertise in relevant areas. Examples of international experts who have actively participated in the HFC meetings are: Prof. Erik Hollnagel, Prof. M. Grabowski, Dr. John Wood, Dr. Phil Duffey, Prof. Patrick Hudson, Prof. Sidney Dekker, Prof. M. Rosen, Prof. N. Stanton, Prof. Morten Lind, Dr. J. E. Vinnem, M. Broadribb, Prof. K. Mearns, Prof. G. A. Jamieson, Dr. R. Boring, Dr. D. Lucas, R. Miles. Prof. Erik Hollnagel, Prof. M. Grabowski, Dr. John Wood, Dr. Phil Duffey, Prof. Patrick Hudson, Prof. Sidney Dekker, Prof. M. Rosen, Prof. N. Stanton, Prof. Morten Lind, Dr. J. E. Vinnem, M. Broadribb, Prof. K. Mearns, Prof. G. A. Jamieson, Dr. R. Boring, Dr. D. Lucas, R. Miles.
  • Access to courses and seminars on human factors nationally and internationally from NTNU, UiS and free courses / seminars at HFN (Human Factors Nettverket in Sweden).
  • Access to relevant standards and methods that are important in the area of ​​human factors (HF).
  • Access to the Norwegian versions of methods, for instance CRIOP checklists.

What Is Human Factors/Ergonomics?

The following definition was adopted by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)  in August 2000: 
"Human Factors (or Ergonomics) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance".
Human Factors domains are: Organizational factors (communication, teamwork, CRM…); Cognitive factors (perceptions, information processing, HMI…); Physical ergonomics (Layout, Working Environment, ….)

Ongoing activities in the forum are: 

  1. Exchange experiences and ideas related to the design and operation of control systems*, including the qualifications and training of personnel
  2. Exchange experiences and ideas related to "Human facors" in control, at least by arranging annual user seminars
  3. Contribute to the development and updating of CRIOP so that it remains a recognized HF verification method of control solutions
  4. Contribute to research and development-projects concerning control systems
  5. Promoting knowledge of best pratice for the management and monitoring of integrated operations / e-operations
  6. Contribute to teaching at universities and colleges
  7. Contribute in national and international standardization work

* Control system includes an MTO perspective, such as control systems, emergency centers, collaboration, drill cabins, crane cabins.

Published November 22, 2012

Responsible project manager HFC: Stig.O.Johnsen@sintef.no