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Developing human-centred safety indicators

A functional resonance analysis method (FRAM) approach

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Differences in the way that work is imagined and done in practice can have significant implications for safety. Variations are highly likely and potential hazards could go undetected. Yet identifying these variations can be a costly and complex process.

We commissioned a research team to develop and test an approach for developing safety indicators. This work was jointly commissioned with Italy's National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL).

The researchers were based at the National Agency for Technology (ENEA), Sapienza University of Rome, and Middlesex University.

Using FRAM modelling and analysis, the research team developed a framework capable of identifying differences between work as imagined and work as done. This was achieved by capturing the first-hand experiences of sharp-end workers and using this to develop human-centred safety indicators.

Our summary report gives you all the major findings of the independent project report. If you want to read about the study in more depth, you can download the full reports from Safera.

Developing human-centred safety indicators: using a FRAM approach summary report (pdf) (476.372KB) (opens in a new tab)

Last updated: 05 February 2024