Human Factors in Hazardous Environments

The Human Factors in Hazardous Environments course develops your knowledge and skills in the application of Human Factors (HF) principles in a variety of hazardous environments that you may encounter when providing care or rescue activities.

Course outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. State the key principles of human factors/ergonomics.
  2. Describe the complexity of overall system performance and the impact that this has on risk management and patient outcomes in out of hospital care.
  3. Evidence effective and appropriate decision-making processes to manage risk in hazardous environments.
  4. Explain the potential impact that working in hazardous and challenging environments can have on the professional Paramedic.
  5. Explain the role of interprofessional working in Paramedic practice.

Who is the course for?

The course develops a strong understanding of human performance and elements that can impact upon it.  The course also enhances your ability to work within or lead a team of people in stressful circumstances.  This would be applicable in an emergency services context but equally as applicable in a commercial context. This course is ideal for those working in the emergency services or organisations where human performance contributes to the outcome of a crisis.

What does the course cover?

  • Human Factors
    • Perception / Situational Awareness
    • Ergonomics / System Design
    • Organisational Culture
    • Leadership & Decision Making
  • Inter-professional / Inter-organisational Working
  • Hazard Perception
  • The effects of fatigue and stress on the individual
  • Hazardous Environments
    • Working Near or in Water
    • Working at Height
    • Fire and Rescue
    • Police, Security & Tactical Environments
    • Confined / Restricted Space Environments

How will the course be delivered?

This course is delivered in a Blended Learning format, partly delivered online and partly face to face. You will engage with the online activities, prior to attending skills sessions so you can make the most of your practice sessions. You will also attend 5 study days over a 1 week period where you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of hazardous environments at the Outreach Centre in North Wales.

How long is the course?

  • Attendance = 5 days
  • Online = Access to materials at least 4 weeks prior to the attendance phase to allow you to study at your own pace


Continuous feedback is used throughout the course. Optional: If the course is being utilised as Recognition of Prior Learning for access to one of our Paramedic Programmes you will also need to complete a written assignment.


On completion of the course, you will receive an ORMS “Certificate of Attendance”.  If you complete the assignment you will receive an ORMS certificate of “Successful Completion”


Individual Students

You can book onto an “Open” course delivered at our venue in Snowdonia, North Wales. Course fees may be found in our online shop Open courses are subject to minimum numbers. If the course has insufficient numbers then the date may be changed. You will always receive at least 14 days notice if this occurs and will be offered a refund if the date is not convenient for you.

Corporate Package

Corporate pricing is available, we are able to deliver training at your own site (subject to suitability of the venue) or at our site. This enables you to book entire courses, secure dates that are convenient for your organisation and reduce your costs.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about this course, thinking of registering, or are looking to find out if we can tailor a course to your needs, then please feel free to get in touch with us via email, calling +44 (0)1248 603 012 or using any of the details on our Contact page.