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What is Latent Human Error?

 , January 16, 2016
A latent human error is a poor design that leaves itself open to human error. It can be found in the design of systems, processes, equipment, vehicles, aircraft and buildings. Latent human error is a type of risk that can be identified and managed as part of a risk management discipline.
Overview: Latent Human Error
TypeRisk Management
DefinitionA design flaw that is likely to result in human error.
ExamplesAn unusually steep staircase that represents a risk to life should anyone fall down it.
A car that allows children in the backseat to open the doors as the vehicle travels at full speed.
A market trading application that allows a trader to inadvertently enter quantity as price and price as quantity.
An aircraft design that allows a pilot to stall the aircraft by climbing at too steep an angle.
Related ConceptsHuman Error
Risk Mitigation
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