Automation and digitalization of control rooms through the use of more modern technology is also changing the working conditions for the operators who are working there. Some tasks will be omitted while other tasks will be changed or added. This entire interaction of technology, operating procedures, training of the operators as well as teamwork and communication requires a comprehensive human factors assessment in order to verify the new work processes and to ensure the safety of the monitored systems.
Together with our partner MTO Safety GmbH, we have conducted such a human factors assessment in a nuclear power plant in Finland. Details of the study will be presented in the lecture “Human Factors Assessment of a new control room system in a Nuclear Power Plant” at CISAP 10 (10th International Conference on Safety & Environment in Process & Power Industry, Florence, Italy, 8-11 May 2022).