Use of Tools and Equipment

Analysis of the use of work equipment may consider:

Visual Information Presentation and Viewing Requirements

  • Optimising the presentation of information 
  • Consistency 
  • Use of conventions and common symbology 
  • Screen visibility 
  • Information readability and legibility

Situation Awareness

  • Optimisation of Information Presentation 
  • Knowledge creation (Epistemology) 
  • Information Management

Presentation of Auditory Information

  • Optimising audio information presentation 
  • De-conflict audio information presentation

Alarm Handling

  • Development of Alarms Strategy 
  • Development of Alarms Management Plan


  • Optimisation of communication 
  • Protocol development 
  • Network analysis

Equipment Interface Design

  • Control dynamics 
  • Human Computer Interaction 
  • General usability 
  • Consistency 
  • Grouping 
  • Conforming to user expectations

Anthropometrics and Biomechanics

  • Reach capability 
  • Strength capability 
  • Posture 
  • Static load and strain 
  • Dynamic load and strain 
  • Task repetition

Safety Integrity

  • Operational Hazards 
  • Operational Risks

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