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Human Factors Engineering and Organizational Behavior


In 1994, the U.S. Coast Guard recognized the need to more actively address the role of human and organizational factors ("HOF") in marine safety and environmental protection.

Analyzing past accidents, we found that the majority of them were caused by human or organizational errors. As a result, the Human Element & Ship Design Division was formed and given lead responsibility, for the Coast Guard's efforts in this area.

What We Do Regarding HOF

1. We are responsible for incorporating HOF considerations into Coast Guard regulatory efforts.

2. We develop tools so that our customers --the maritime industry and other Coast Guard units-- can better understand and implement HOF considerations in their activities. For instance:

3. Committee work, coordination, and support are the primary ways that we share HOF knowledge with subject matter experts and our customers:

4. Another service that we provide is technical support for HOF activities, including:

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