In many respects, the surveyor/ inspector is the epitome of what the human element is all about, because he/she is one of the few whose role it is to interact directly with other humans, primarily the seafarers. The surveyor therefore needs to possess many human element attributes plus.
One way for the human element to make an impact on a large scale is through the inclusion of ergonomic design requirements in Classification Rules and Regulations. Class provides a means, with corresponding verification, to make far-reaching ergonomic improvements.
This article considers how the human element relates to my role running the Assessment and Inspection department in BP Shipping. The department is responsible for approximately 3,500 bespoke pieces of assessment a year, largely SIRE ship inspections.
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