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Document ID (ISN)78493
CIS number 02-997
ISBN(s) 3-89701-766-0
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 930
Author(s) Hemmann E., Merboth H., Richter P.
Bundesanstalt fŘr Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Regulation of actions and safety-critical work situations in maintenance tasks
Original title Handlungsregulation und sicherheitskritische Arbeitssituationen in der Instandhaltung [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. 126p. Illus. 103 ref. Price: EUR 13.00.
Abstract In this project on work psychology, components of action-regulating mechanisms in safety-critical maintenance tasks were investigated in a field study. Eighteen maintenance workers involved in two different maintenance activities were observed. Analysis of the mental representations of task-related critical incidents revealed that more difficult task demands were characterized by a higher level of anticipated safety risks. In practice, however, more risk situations occurred during the performance of tasks with more restrictive demands. The differences identified between expected risks in complex tasks and observed risks in routine tasks can form the basis for defining preventive safety measures. Finally, observed differences between experts and novices can form the basis for defining training programmes.
Descriptors (primary) human factors; plant safety organization; hazard evaluation; maintenance
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; report; Germany; mental workload; safety training in industry; experience; behaviour study; mental stress; occupational psychology
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Risk evaluation