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One of the several terms used to define approximately the same discipline. Other terms are human engineering, human factors engineering, and ergonomics. Ergonomics is used predominantly outside the U.S.A.; the predominantly within. The aim of the discipline is the evaluation and design of facilities, environments, jobs, training methods and equipment to match the capabilities of users and workers. Exact definition of these terms or the scope of work is improbable.[1]

Human factors is a term that covers:

  • The science of understanding the properties of human capability (Human Factors Science).
  • The application of this understanding to the design and development of systems and services (Human Factors Engineering).
  • The art of ensuring successful application of Human Factors Engineering to a programme (sometimes referred to as Human Factors Integration).

The term "human factors" is to a large extent synonymous with the term "ergonomics", having separate origins on either side of the Atlantic Ocean but covering the same technical areas. In general, a human factor is a physical or cognitive property of an individual or social behavior which is specific to humans and influences functioning of technological systems as well as human-environment equilibriums.

The recognition and study of human factors is important for safety because they can be the cause of serious human errors on the levels of physical behavior and socio-cognitive decision-making.

In social interactions, the use of the term human factor stresses the social properties unique to or characteristic of humans.[2]


  1. Human factors (ergonomics) engineering : american national standard for industrial engineering terminology : ANSI Z94.9. Norcross : Engineering and Management Press, 1998. 28 s. ISBN 0-89806-196-2

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