Defence Standard Human Factors for Designers of Systems

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9. Human Factors and Human Factors Integration
9.1 Human Factors
Human Factors is a scientific and engineering discipline that concerns itself with human capabilities, human limitations, human interactions with technologies and environments, and the application of this knowledge to the design of products, processes and systems. Human Factors is also known as Ergonomics. The reader should note that there is no single agreed definition of these terms, however all such definitions tend towards a common understanding.

Human Factors captures physical, psychological and social characteristics data that is essential to the sound design of systems. Such data may be essential when it is necessary to justify the safety or operational performance of a system involving humans.

In the context of Defence systems, Human Factors are an essential contributor to demonstrating military capability; the ability to achieve desired effects under specified conditions of use.

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DEF STAN 00-250 Part 0
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3.1 Organisation and Contents of the Standard
Defence Standard 00-250, Human Factors for Designers of Systems succeeds the previous Human Factors Defence Standard 00-25 (2004) of the same name. The Standard provides a structured presentation of Human Factors (HF) and Human Factors Integration (HFI) requirements, guidance and data, arranged to meet the needs of different types of user. It is focused on supporting the HF aspects of contracts between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and industrial solution providers. The Standard comprises five Parts:
• Part 0: Human Factors Integration.
• Part 1: Overarching People-Related Requirement.
• Part 2: Particular People-Related Requirements.
• Part 3: Technical Guidance.
• Part 4: HFI Methods, Tools and Techniques.
Figure 3.2 provides an overview of the contents of Def Stan 00-250.

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