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Human Factors in Accident and Incident Investigations

10 September 2024 - 11 September 2024



Accident and incident investigations should consider why human failures occurred. Finding the underlying causes is key to reduce the risk of similar adverse events and lessons learnt provide insights to effective improvements.

This training course will give participants knowledge and practical support for investigating human factors issues, helping them to find ways of achieving effective change within their own organisational context.

Delegates will learn from experts that have been involved in accident and incident investigations across a wide range of sectors and situations.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with information that will help them to develop, consolidate or reaffirm current competence in the field of investigating Human Factors by exploring:

  • The process of investigating human factors aspects of incidents/accidents/adverse events
  • Knowledge and experience of investigation tools and techniques to capture, analyse and communicate the human factors causes of accidents
  • Knowledge of how humans can cause failures in systems, and systems can lead to human failures, which lead to adverse events
  • Human factors principles to learn lessons and identify effective interventions
  • The sharing of knowledge and experience between delegates and course presenters

What the course will cover

Recently revised to reflect the latest approaches and techniques, the course will cover the theory and practice of methods which support the effective investigation of human factors issues, along with essential knowledge to help to understand why things go wrong with people and systems. The course will also look at how to use lessons learned to apply effective change.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at those who are relatively new to accident investigation and human factors or those who wish to consolidate their medium level of competence and share experience and learning with others from a range of organisations and sectors. Safety managers, operations managers, quality assurance professionals, equipment and design specialists, safety advisors and safety specialists, hazard analysts, regulators, inspectors and human factors advisors who are relatively new to the role or would like an opportunity to refresh their competence.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton.

Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£1,350 per person (to include course notes, lunches, refreshments and dinner on the first night).

Book Course

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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