Human Reliability Assessment Applied to Issues in Sustainable Development

By Melinda Lyons.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The relevance of human error has been well defined and acknowledged in many high reliability fields. Through the field of human reliability assessment (HRA), this relevance has been quantified to aid management. Though the application of HRA has recently been explored in complex domains such as healthcare, so far it has not permeated the fields of sustainable development. This paper highlights the vulnerability of sustainable development to errors and demonstrates the value that HRA can contribute towards solutions and error reduction.

Keywords: Human Error, Reliability, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.185-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.306MB).

Dr. Melinda Lyons

Senior Researcher, Engineering Design Centre, Division C, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Melinda is a human factors expert with degrees in Psychology, Work Design and Ergonomics and a PhD in Reliability Engineering. Prior to working in the Engineering Design Centre, Melinda has been a human factors consultant for Human Reliability Associates, Managing Director of her own company contracting to EUROCONTROL in the area of human factors and several research posts in the area of patient safety. The first of these was at Imperial College London then progressing to lead patient safety research in Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust. She has over 10 years experience in human factors and safety, which in the last 5 years have focussed on patient safety research in several clinical areas including surgery, anaesthesia and primary care. She is a Member of the Ergonomics Society, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, a Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and an Associate Member of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.


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