Human Factor Engineering (HFE) is the process of implementing human capabilities in the design of products, workplaces or work systems (plant/facility) resulting in the effective, efficient, safe and healthy functioning of people, thereby improving operational and maintenance tasks.
One of the primary hazards on any hydrocarbon-centric facility is an ignited release of flammable hydrocarbons following an inadvertent loss of containment or non-routine activity. In the presence of sufficient levels of confinement and congestion, such ignited events would lead to explosions capable of causing multiple fatalities, substantial degree of asset damage and unavailability of critical safety systems.
All foreseeable hazards with potential environmental implications has grown more stringent over the years. This has necessitated for environmental risk reviews to be carried out to ensure the operations of any facility is within environmental acceptance criteria or targets.