Spills: The Human-Machine Interface State of Our Knowledge

by Leo Weaver,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management

Abstract: The International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes has entered into agreements on Great Lakes water quality. Many of the 3000 significant spills that occur in the Great Lakes Basin annually contribute significantly to the basin's toxic burden. The Joint Commission has sponsored several workshops on Spills and the Human-Machine Interface and is presently considering a workshop on Reasearch Needs on this topic. A search of data bases and various accident reports was conducted. The study results confirmed that there is now available a large body of information on human factors or behavioral technology as it has been termed. There are now centers at universities in Canada and the United States where inter disciplinary knowhow is being applied to promote studies of the transforming role of technology and from the perspective of its creators and doers.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Lakes | Water quality | Joints | Water pollution | Environmental issues | Basins | Hazardous materials | Great Lakes | North America | United States | Canada

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