The Human Factors Division (SEH), organized in 2008, comprises experts from fields including operations, medicine, physiology, psychology, behavioral science, and aircraft maintenance all focused on the human element in mishap prevention. The division supports aviation, ground, weapons and space safety divisions in investigating, assessing and analyzing the single most prevalent factor in all mishaps: the human factor. It analyzes data sources to identify root human factor hazards and provides research-based policy recommendations on mitigation strategies. It is responsible for the quality control of Department of Defense Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (DoD HFACS) coding in all Class A mishaps. The division also develops and administers a suite of safety culture and organizational performance surveys (AFCMRS) and provides on-site Organization Safety Assessments (OSA) which provide feedback to commanders on the safety culture of their units. The division also supplies consultation and oversight on aircrew flight equipment safety, human factors, and aircraft maintenance policies and recommendations.
Human factors describe how our interaction with tools, tasks, working environments, and other people influence human performance. Human factors are the leading cause of DoD mishaps. The DoD HFACS model presents a systematic, multidimensional approach to error analysis and mishap prevention.