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Document ID (ISN)55978
CIS number 91-1050
ISSN - Serial title 0260-9576 - Loss Prevention Bulletin
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fitzgerald B.P., Green M.D., Penington J., Smith A.J.
Title A human factors approach to the effective design of evacuation systems
Bibliographic information Feb. 1991, No.097, p.13-22. 16 ref.
Abstract Various design factors of evacuation systems with particular reference to fires on board aircraft and offshore installations are discussed. Human factors such as the potential for panic, confusion, ignorance and disorientation and the implications for evacuation system design are considered. Proposals made by various authors to produce models of human behaviour under extreme threat stress factors which may affect muster times following an alarm signal. The main consequences of the Piper Alpha offshore platform incident are summarised. Proposed hardware solutions and human behaviour and ergonomic issues of the evacuation procedure are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) human behaviour; offshore oil extraction; escape and exit; escape organization
Descriptors (secondary) case study; escape time; aircraft; ergonomics
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Psychological factors