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Focusing on the application of human factors and ergonomics in the design of alarm systems, this book brings together all the disparate areas in a single volume. The aim of the book is to present current human factor issues regarding alarm design in a variety of settings, such as industrial alarm systems in process industries, aviation, automobiles and intensive care. It argues that the severe shortcomings of alarm systems can be overcome through the use of human factors evaluation and design integration ...
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Human Factors in Alarm Design

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Overview

Focusing on the application of human factors and ergonomics in the design of alarm systems, this book brings together all the disparate areas in a single volume. The aim of the book is to present current human factor issues regarding alarm design in a variety of settings, such as industrial alarm systems in process industries, aviation, automobiles and intensive care. It argues that the severe shortcomings of alarm systems can be overcome through the use of human factors evaluation and design integration techniques. Contributors cover the areas of HCI, task analysis, training, personnel selection, and design and human behaviour in an emergency, which of course, can be influenced positively and negatively by the design and deployment of alarm systems.
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Highlights the ergonomic factors that must be taken into account in order to design effective alarm systems and how they are currently being used in such settings as nuclear, oil, chemical, aviation, automotive, and medical. The 14 contribution, from an October 1992 international conference in Birmingham, England, discuss such specific topics as urgency mapping and auditory parameters, risk homeostasis in human supervisors, distributed control systems, and human reasoning in dynamic fault management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203481714
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Ch. 1 A human factors approach 1
Pt. 1 Experimental research into alarm design 11
Ch. 2 Urgency mapping in auditory warning signals 15
Ch. 3 An experiment to support the design of VDU-based alarm lists for power plant operators 31
Ch. 4 Testing risk homeostasis theory in a simulated process control task: implications for alarm reduction strategies 45
Pt. 2 Considerations of the human operator 59
Ch. 5 Cognitive demands and activities in dynamic fault management: abductive reasoning and disturbance management 63
Ch. 6 Alarm initiated activities 93
Ch. 7 Supervisory control behaviour and the implementation of alarms in process control 119
Pt. 3 Design and evaluation of alarm systems 135
Ch. 8 The alarm matrix 139
Ch. 9 Operator support systems for status identification and alarm processing at the OECD Halden Reactor Project - experiences and perspective for future development 147
Ch. 10 Ergonomics and engineering aspects of designing an alarm system for a modern nuclear power plant 165
Pt. 4 Applications of alarm systems 179
Ch. 11 Alarms in nuclear power plant control rooms: current approaches and future design 183
Ch. 12 Psychological aspects of conventional in-car warning devices 193
Ch. 13 Sources of confusion in intensive therapy unit alarms 207
Ch. 14 Key topics in alarm design 221
Index 233
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