Training activities

The INNHF Training activities are founded on three main areas: Risk Assessment, Human Factors and Maintenance Management.

Risk Assessment
In the Risk Assessment area the researchers learn about the three primary components of Risk analysis namely, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. The courses provide methods for comprehensive probabilistic risk studies, including formal decision techniques for risk management. The courses also have a special emphasis on treatment of uncertainties in the model and parameters used in the analysis as a critical part of any PRA practice. Topics are clarified using practical examples of engineering systems, thanks to the
contribution of industrial partners and engineering companies.
Human Factors
Human Factors training is most highly developed in the aviation industry, with international regulations requiring some form of human factors training in aviation maintenance and flight
operations. Requirements to address human factors in chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries are emerging, but lagging behind aviation. There is, however, a strong focus in
these industries on risk assessment and safety management. These provide a strong context for the implementation of human factors, but generally do not strongly address the human factors aspects of risk and safety. Within this project the training on HF is developed to address this weakness, and also to bring a stronger pedagogical basis to it - relying less on lengthy powerpoint presentations, and basing the course around exercises that illustrate the issues and help trainees take an active part in exploring their solutions
Maintenance Management
Maintenance management, or equipment asset management, is based on the principle of implementing better and reliable practices in a factory or plant. It involves the use of fundamental safeguarding of asset management principles. This philosophy is called the results oriented maintenance. Other philosophies such as reliability centered maintenance, total productivity maintenance, total quality management and six sigma are normally implemented. Preventive Maintenance is an important factor in the implementation of the maintenance management training. It first identifies the gap existing between practices and the actual performance of the plant. It conveys to the plant what a good condition monitoring and preventive maintenance program looks like. Topics are clarified using practical examples of engineering systems, thanks to the contribution of industrial partners and engineering companies.

The training activities are organized mainly within the network at a local scale, but are also foreseen network-wide activities, in order to exploit intersectoral aspects of the training and of the project, and namely:
• Workshops at a completion of each work package, in order to share the retrieval of the different WPs in the different area of expertise and to receive feed-back from external experts;
• Summer schools, open also to external researchers and experts from industries and academia other than those in the network, in order to disseminate the achieved results of the WPs carried on, but also to include them in a wider context. In general terms the summer schools organized will have as subjects: Risk assessment - Maintenance management - Human and Organizational Factors.
• A final network conference will be organized to show to the scientific and industrial community the achievement of the project.
The training plan will also foresee the participation at International Conferences where the early stage researchers will be able to enhance their knowledge in specific subjects (based on theoretical courses and continuous bibliographic research) and can acquire proficiency in oral and written communication and exposure of their work.