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Human Factors Assessment

What is a human factors assessment?

A human factors assessment is an evaluation of the human aspects involved in health and safety within healthcare facilities. These assessments are intended to help reduce human error and optimize human performance. Human factors assessments can indicate which medical areas are safety-critical and may pose occupational health hazards. The evaluations then help individuals determine where human failure could occur and develop control measures. 

Why are human factors assessments important to healthcare?

Human factors assessments are important to healthcare because they ensure that healthcare facilities take proper care and precautions to decrease errors that may harm employees or worsen the quality of care for patients. They can also help improve healthcare organizations’ hazard and risk profiles.