Human Error Analysis for System Safety (HEASS)

Course Description

System safety analysis of engineered systems must often deal with the possibility of human error leading to adverse conditions.  Hence, human error probability evaluation is an important part of system safety analysis.  This course presents a summary of the methods and underlying theory for estimating human error probabilities.  The course begins with a discussion on human factors and its influence on human error possibility.  The various methods for estimating human error probabilities under different conditions are presented.  For each method, their background, underlying theory, advantages and disadvantages will be covered.  Typical human error probability values used in various industries will be provided.

Objectives: To familiarize class participants with the human error probability evaluation process.

Who Should Attend: Individuals who intend to enhance their understanding and capabilities in system safety analysis.

Location: Fall courses will be held at our home LA offices near LAX. Spring courses will be held at USC's DC offices located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 540, Washington, DC 20004.

HEASS 21-1
HEASS 21-2
HEASS 22-1
HEASS 22-2
05-06 Nov 2020
08-09 Apr 2021
09-10 Sep 2021
Spring 2022

Course Outline

  • Overview of human factors
  • Major events caused by human error
  • History of human error probability evaluation
  • Performance shaping factors
  • THERP method
  • ASEP method
  • Other methods
  • Modeling dependencies among human actions

Prerequisite:  Attendees should have completed System Safety Course.

CEU: 1.4

Course Duration: 2.0 Days

Tuition: $1,200 (July 2020 - June 2021); $TBD (July 2021 - June 2022)