Human Error: A Major Cause of Spills

by Harold E. Price, Essex Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


Accidental spills and releases of toxic and hazardous releases is a much greater problem than realized. While data reporting systems do noe adequately account for human error as a causal factor in spills and releases, enough evidence is available to suggest that human error or poor human performance is a major contributor. Most human error is induced by design of the workplace or some other controllable factor and can therefore be reduced. An integrated industry/government human factors program should be established to identify and reduce sources of human error in accidental spills and releases.

Subject Headings: Human and behavioral factors | Hazardous materials spills | Hazardous substances | Personnel management | Toxicity | Errors (statistics) | Water pollution | Accidents

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