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Stress in the Control Room
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Operator Stress
Stress and Workload - GeneralThere is concern that during an emergency or when coping with serious fault conditions, the human operator’s performance will be negatively affected by stress. Stress may be the result of excessive workload, time pressure, anxiety or fear.

Ergonomists advise on the likely occurrence of stress-causing situations, the effects of stress and how this can be avoided.

Synergy has:
  • Made a comprehensive review of factors which could influence operator stress
  • Proposed practical intervention methods for reducing control room stress
  • Used simulator studies to revise and refine the treatment of stress in Human Reliability Assessments
  • Provided advice on the use of simulators training and emergency exercises to prepare staff for stressful emergencies