Tag Archives: safety

a car crash

Modeling Driver Steering

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This research is not quite ready for the market, but has a lot of potential to improve driver safety.

The ability to predict what a driver is going to do in the near future and to be able to prepare the car’s system for this sounds a little bit like science fiction, and it would naturally be a dream come true for the safety departments at car manufacturers. The dream is now one step closer to becoming reality…

a woman looking at her cell phone while driving

Cell Phone Distraction is About More Than Driving

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There is a great new study from Bill Thornton out of the University of Southern Maine.

The mere sight of your mobile phone can distract you – even if you are not using it…

many small scale models of football helmets

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Concussion-Detecting Monitor

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Reebok has developed a product that represents a fantastic example of the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle of design. And since I am such a fan of this principle, I want to use it as a subject for discussion today.

The product is called The Checklight and was featured in the October issue of Fast Company

a man using an eye wash station

Remote Emergency Wash Station

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There are OSHA regulations (1910.151) and ANSI standards (Z358.1) for emergency showers and eyewashes that are usually pretty straightforward to apply. Water needs to be released at a tepid temperature, defined as 60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The flow has to be steady for 15 minutes at drench pressure. They must be located within 10 minutes of any worker who might need one.

But imagine you are managing the safety for a remote site such as a gas or oil drilling rig in the middle of the Arctic Circle or Saharan desert…

a large office of cubicles

Guest Post: Ergonomics: Essential Component of Organizational Psychology

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As startups, and business-people in general, one of our greatest assets is our staff. It is our responsibility to care for their health, well-being, and happiness. Industrial and organizational psychology, I-O Psychology, can further that goal. I-O psychology focuses on increasing workplace productivity and health, both physical and mental, of employees. Granted, productivity and employee’s well-being encompass many factors (i.e., organizational structures, leadership ability and training, personnel psychology, and many more), but proper ergonomics in an organization can have positive effects on our staff’s vitality as well as their work effectiveness. Embracing proper ergonomics in the workplace should be a fundamental part of organizational psychology assessments and plans…

a woman carving a turkey with a child looking on

Bring Some HF/E to Your Thanksgiving Meal

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In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I would provide some warnings about the risks you may want to watch out for as you celebrate the holiday. Since it is a holiday post, I didn’t feel obligated to check for hard statistics on any of these. I am pretty sure that these are well established risks on Thanksgiving…

Work-Life Balance: Is That A Vandal?

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Last week, I wrote about the blending of our work and non-work lives. This has created a great deal of complexity in our lives and opened up a lot of opportunities for user experience design in addressing this complexity. Today, I was faced with a situation that added another dimension to this challenge. I was walking along the hallway from my office to get a cup of coffee. There was a 20-year old looking person with a screwdriver removing the emergency phone from the wall.…

three men in hazmat suits

Risk Perception, Dread, and Reality

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On today’s episode of NPR’s show The Takeaway, there was an interview of a doctor who had just come back from Liberia where he had been volunteering to help with the Ebola crisis. He had followed all of the precautions, had no symptoms, and had no worries that he was at risk. But his friends were all staying away. At least for 21 days.

After more than a month working in an Ebola treatment unit in Bong County, Liberia, Dr. Levine has come home to the United States. Dr. Levine says that he’s not too worried, but he is frustrated with the Ebola hysteria in the United States. He says that eradicating Ebola worldwide starts with increasing the focus in the worst hit areas of West Africa…

two man standing at the end of a hall in a pink room

Priming with Pink

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I think a lot about priming (for example, see the EID articles here and here). We need to wield this power carefully and only for the forces of good. A recent You Are Not So Smart podcast is a good example. David McRaney (one of my favorite thought leaders in this domain) interviews Adam Alter, who is a leading expert on priming. They cover a wide variety of his research in a very engaging interview. David also throws in a few great examples from other researchers both before and after his interview.

a pile of books

Knowledge versus Skills in Training

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There was an article in the latest issue of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News that brings up an important distinction for all of our HF/E domains, particularly when it comes to training. The distinction is between what he refers to as skills versus knowledge, although I often use experience versus expertise. Whatever you call them, they have some fundamental differences.

Skill means a person can actually perform rather than knowing how to perform…